“SACRED SEASONS CELEBRATION KIT” PROGRAM
Built on Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism.
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Wyncote, PA, USA,
“Rituals and traditional songs give us a way of accessing memories we might not get to otherwise…A song or a liturgical fragment that is known will cause people to go to places [in the past] and start conversations. Even for residents with high levels of dementia, it’s a road back, a window back, into their community. And for everyone, it’s deeply important to keep doing the worship that we grew up with, that we know.”
- Pastor Stephen Weisser, of Paul’s Run Community in Philadelphia.
The "Jewish Faith" kits contain step-by-step instructions, a resource guide to books, music and ritual objects for staff of nursing care facilities and senior residents.
The "How to" kits are distributed to nursing facilities so that Jewish senior residents may practice their faith and observe religious holidays.
The "Sacred Seasons Celebration Kit" Program is adaptable for elderly of all ranges of abilities.
Sessions may be led by facilitators with no previous knowledge of Judaism or Hebrew.
The benefits of the "Sacred Seasons Celebration Kits" program for elderly and caregivers include:
-Improved social, emotional and physical well being at all levels of functioning
-Enhanced sense of community
-Creates engaging and positive experiences for elderly and visiting family members to share
-A commitment to an elders spiritual well being
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