JFS Community Chaplain Safely Delivers Rosh Hashanah Greetings
JFS Community Chaplain Rabbi Lynn Liberman was asked to visit Methodist Hospital by the director of spiritual care to sound the shofar outside to celebrate the start of Rosh Hashanah.
Rabbi Lynn took a few moments to explain the meaning of the shofar and the various sounds the gathered crowd would hear.
As the spiritual care director chatted with Rabbi Lynn afterwards, a man approached and said he was hoping to hear the shofar. Rabbi Lynn was happy to oblige. He explained that he is a Jew from the Former Soviet Union and had come to the hospital for a medical test. He doesn’t belong to a synagogue, but was delighted to hear the shofar and feel connected to his heritage.
The JFS Community Engagement team, Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon and team manager Jodi Saltzman, helped Rabbi Lynn deliver more than 60 individual Rosh Hashanah gift bags containing apples, honey, grape juice and challah across the Twin Cities in honor of the Jewish New Year.
Listen as Rabbi Lynn plays the shofar at the hospital here.