Spirituality and Wellness Services

JFS offers Spirituality and Wellness Services in a variety of ways including the Bikur Cholim Program, Shabbat Services, Healing Services and Jewish Holiday Programs in Senior Facilities.

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Bikur Cholim

The Bikur Cholim Program operates onsite at Greenwich Hospital, and at six Greenwich facilities that serve the elderly and infirm. Translated, visiting the sick, our Bikur Cholim Program reaches out to and engages the frail elderly, the infirm and the disabled; our volunteers and staff visit with and cares for Alzheimer’s patients, participants in adult day care, residents of assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospital patients.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer with our Bikur Cholim Program please contact Larry Stoogenke at Lstoogenke@jfsgreenwich.org for further information.

Shabbat Services

Throughout the year, JFS brings Shabbat Services to the Jewish residents in senior facilities. The services aren’t just about celebrating Shabbat, they are about visiting and interacting with the residents, doing arts and crafts, and getting to know our more isolated Jewish neighbors. We also celebrate 52 Shabbat holidays each year at Greenwich Hospital, providing this Jewish connection not just to patients, both in person and through the hospital’s tv channel, but also to doctors, nurses, administrators, and community members. In order to accomplish this, JFS mobilizes Greenwich Jewish Clergy, volunteers both young and old from throughout the area, as well as community organizations and local Jewish institutions.

If you or someone you know would benefit from our Shabbat Services in senior facilities contact Larry Stoogenke at Lstoogenke@jfsgreenwich.org 

Healing Services


JFS, in partnership with the Greenwich Hospital Spiritual Care Department, conducts a Healing Service for the community in the Greenwich Hospital Chapel.

Time: Second Monday of each month at 12:15 pm.

Joan Mann, Spiritual Care Counselor at JFS; Lisa Goldberg, Program Director Jewish Health and Healing Center of JFS; and Rabbi MJ Newman, Jewish Chaplain of Greenwich Hospital lead the service.  

If you or someone you know would benefit from our Healing Services at Greenwich Hospital Chapel please contact Larry Stoogenke at Lstoogenke@jfsgreenwich.org 

Jewish Holiday Programs in Senior Facilities

JFS ensures that Jewish traditions and services are available for the frail, elderly, infirm, and disabled. Over the course of a year we produce 50 Jewish Holiday programs at five senior facilities in Greenwich as well as at Greenwich Hospital. For many we serve, the Bikur Cholim Project is the sole, on-site link to their Jewish heritage and traditions.

Jewish Holidays celebrated include:

  • Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur
  • Sukkot/Simchat Torah
  • Chanukah
  • Tu B’Shevat
  • Purim
  • Passover
  • Yom Ha’atzmaut/Yom Hazikaron
  • Shavuot

If you or someone you know would benefit from volunteering or helping us celebrate the Jewish holidays in Senior Facilities please contact Larry Stoogenke at Lstoogenke@jfsgreenwich.org