Calvary’s patient care model successfully addresses the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. We have always embraced the opportunity to care for people from all religious backgrounds.
For many years, Calvary care for Jewish patients and families has provided a comprehensive range of services such as:
- Pastoral care by the Hospital’s two staff rabbis, both of whom are graduates of Yeshiva University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS);
- Kosher meals and Cholov Yisroel dairy products available upon request;
- Kosher food pantry with meat and dairy microwave ovens, refrigerator and sink;
- Shabbat observance and celebration of major Jewish holidays;
- Inclusion in the Einstein and Pelham Parkway eruv; and
- Being part of the Einstein and Pelham Parkway communities.
To observant Jewish families seeking excellent end-of-life medical care, a lack of knowledge of the complex religious laws that govern such care can present an impediment. To address this important need, Yeshiva University and RIETS have formed an alliance with Calvary Hospital to provide rabbinic consultation for families and community rabbis. The YU/RIETS End-of- Life Halachic Advisory Program will include:
- A rabbinic panel comprised of Rabbis Herschel Schachter, Yaakov Neuberger, Mordechai Willig, and Moshe Tendler, all of whom have extensive knowledge of the halachot (Jewish laws) concerning end- of-life issues. On a rotating basis, they will serve as pre-hospice advisors and answer questions from patients’ families and community rabbis on the permissibility of a person receiving hospice care and under what provisions.
- A panel of physicians affiliated with Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine who will be available to advise community rabbis on clinical issues of the terminally ill.