Creating a Jewish Hospice System in New York

By Alan Cohen, Paul Kronish

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

In May 2001, UJA-Federation of New York's Caring Commission convened the End-of-Life Care Task Force, composed of lay leadership and staff, to examine the state of care for adult Jews facing advanced and life-limiting illnesses. The impetus for the Task Force was an unsolicited gift from a community rabbi whose wife spent her final days in a Catholic-sponsored facility. At that most difficult time, he felt that the Jewish community had failed them. Looking back, it is clear that UJA-Federation has changed the Jewish end-of-life care landscape in a meaningful way in New York. The Alliance has highlighted the role of the Jewish community as a whole in end-of-life care. The process of dying is not an issue that should be relegated to medical institutions. Rather, the Jewish community can offer important resources --volunteer and professional -- to provide caring support to those at lifeâ??s end and to their families. Moving to the next level, however, will require more work toward changing the culture, which shies away from planning for better care as people approach the end of life. To do so will require creating a dedicated agency or program, originally envisioned as an institute, to focus more time and attention on this important issue.

Topic: Jewish Federations, Communal Responsibility, Institutional Care, Elder Care, Death and Mourning, Emotional Support, Medical Care, Health and Healing, Aging, Elderly

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 93-96

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Alan. Kronish, Paul. Creating a Jewish Hospice System in New York. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 93-96.


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