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Religious Services

The Hebrew Home is committed to the observance of Jewish laws & traditions and we are proud that we have been a kosher facility for nearly a century. Yet, we serve people of all faiths and recognize the diversity of religious affiliations among our residents. In order to serve their religious and spiritual needs we provide a number of religious services, from Shabbat & Holiday Services for Jews to Catholic Mass and non-denominational Prayer Service for our Christian residents at the Hebrew Home. Everybody is welcome to participate and transport is available for all of them. Let us know if you have any questions or want to speak to us, we are happy to help and ready to serve.

Rabbi Simon Hirschhorn, Director Religious Services.
You can reach me by calling the Religious Affairs Department at (718) 581-1416

The following programs & religious services are offered to residents of the Hebrew Home

  • Shabbat Services
    Every Saturday (as well as on Jewish Holidays) we have a service in the Synagogue from 9:15 to 11:45 am. At around 10:15 am there is a sermon and Torah Reading. Residents are welcome to join at anytime and are free to leave whenever they want. Transport is available.
  • Daily Minyan
    A daily Minyan (a prayer service) is held in the Yablans Chapel Sunday through Friday at 10:00 am in the mornings and at 4:00 pm in the afternoon. We also have two ongoing programs for residents
  • Shabbat Shalom
    A program of songs, prayers & contemplation to welcome Shabbat. Fridays at 3:00 pm in the Biederman Library
  • Bible Study
    Learning about the weekly Torah portion. Wednesdays at 11:00 am in the Biederman Library.
  • Catholic Mass
    Catholic Mass is celebrated the first Thursday of each month at 10:30 am. A priest from St. Margaret of Cortona Church officiates. Except for special occasion the Mass is celebrated in the RP1 Dining Room .
  • Eucharistic Ministers
    If requested by residents, families or you, Eucharistic Ministers bring Holy Communion to Catholic Residents during weekends. In addition, St.Margaret will always send a priest when needed for the Anointing of the Sick .
  • Christian Prayer Service
    A non-denominational Christian Prayer Service is provided on Sundays at 2:30 pm in the RP1 Dining Room. In addition, we have two wonderful Christian clergy volunteers who come on a weekly basis to visit with our residents throughout the facility.