Friendship Circle is bringing Rosh Hashana to people who are stuck in hospitals and unable to attend synagogue or enjoy a meal with families. This week, Friendship Circle volunteers delivered over 250 Shabbat kits specially adapted for Rosh Hashana to all of the hospitals and many of the nursing/rehabilitation facilities in our area. In addition to a kiddush cup and grape juice, candles, challah, the boxes also include a delicious honey cake and honey stick.
Friendship Circle will blow the shofar at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, as it has done every year, as well as at Inglemoor Rehab Center and other locations throughout Livingston, bringing the sounds and sweetness of the holiday with them.
Blowing shofar in parks, on street corners, in hospitals, prisons, elderly-care facilities, military bases or nearly anywhere else you can think of is nothing new. The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, launched his Shofar Campaign prior to Rosh Hashanah of 1953 (5714).
“We want people to know that wherever they are, we are thinking about them and wishing them a sweet new year,” said Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum, CEO of LifeTown/Friendship Circle.