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Forsake Them Not: The Jewish Community and Elders in Non-Jewish Long-Term Care Facilities

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Dayle A. Friedman

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 81:3-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Health (Health services for older people)

Keywords: Elderly; Spirituality; Social Services

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Jewish elders in non-sectarian and Christian long-term care facilities represent a growing, and underserved, consituency. These individuals are cut off from Jewish community and Jewish life precisely at a moment when they could greatly benefit from celebration, meaning, and connection. This article outlines the domains in which the Jewish community would ideally address this population, and surveys some models from communities across North America. It concludes with an examination of unmet needs, chiefly attention to spiritual care.