Gesher Shalom: Bridge of Peace

Montgomery Hospice Jewish Resource Program

Gesher Shalom provides resources, services and support to Jewish individuals and families associated with Montgomery Hospice. We recognize that people are at different places along the religious and cultural continuum, and we work to meet each individual’s particular spiritual needs. Rabbis are available to help families with end-of-life discussions.

Gesher Shalom includes:

  • Rabbinic Jewish Spiritual Resource specialist
  • Support for Jewish religious and cultural needs
  • Comforting  Jewish presence, counseling, education and support
  • Jewish funeral/memorial resource information
  • Culturally sensitive professional bereavement support
  • Shiva/memorial books available for loan
  • Sensitivity training regarding the special needs of Jewish families including Holocaust survivors and their loved ones

Rabbis are available to:

  • Provide individuals and families a comforting Jewish connection and presence
  • Offer Jewish prayers, psalms, music
  • Answer questions and provide information about  Jewish ritual and religious practices
  • Discuss Jewish funeral and memorial options
  • Address ethical dilemmas regarding treatment decisions such as Jewish approaches toward feeding tubes and hydration
  • Discuss  Jewish views on end-of-life decision-making
  • Provide community education on such topics as:
  • Jewish views of death and dying, life after death
  • Ways to provide comfort to those who face end-of-life illness and how to support their family members
  • Jewish funeral or memorial practices
  • Jewish perspectives on ethical dilemmas and difficult decision-making

Related article: Culture Counts: Caring for Jewish Patients & Families

Read about a mother and daughter's journey in Pearl's Story.

For more information, contact:

Rabbi Sandy Rubenstein
Jewish Spiritual Resource Specialist
301 921 4401 x 302



(Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

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