Jewish Services, Observances & Information
Your religious traditions can continue while you or a loved one are at Cedars-Sinai. We offer in-house and televised services, and our chaplains can facilitate religious rituals. We also provide kosher meal options and many other ways for you to practice your faith during your stay.
Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day
With each passing year, the memory of Nazi Europe threatens to fade away. Decades after the murder of 6 million Jews, it is our duty more than ever to keep these memories alive. The 37th annual Cedars-Sinai commemoration of Yom Ha'Shoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day is an opportunity for all to join in preserving the memories of those lost during those tragic events.
View the video of this year’s Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day below.
Jewish Services in the Chapel
The chapel is open to patients, visitors and Cedars-Sinai employees 24 hours a day. The worship schedule includes weekly services, and prayer books, bibles, psalms, prayer shawls and yarmulkes are available.
- Friday, 3-3:30 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat-Welcoming of the Sabbath
- Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – End of Shabbat Services (periodic)
- Tuesday, 12 p.m. – Rabbi Weiner's Torah Study
Televised Services and Programs
Jewish religious services are broadcast on Cedars-Sinai TV, Channel 50, for easy viewing in patient rooms and other areas of the hospital.
- Friday, 3 p.m. – Shabbat On the Go Program (live)
- Friday, 4 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat-Welcoming of the Sabbath (pre-recorded)
- Saturday, 9 p.m. – Shabbat Services (pre-recorded)
- Tuesday, 12 p.m. – Rabbi Weiner's Torah Study (live)
- Daily, 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – "Healing Through Jewish Songs and Stories"
- Holiday services (pre-recorded)
Other Spiritual Care Services
Accommodations for our Jewish patients, guests and staff members include:
- Electric Sabbath candles – call 310-423-5550 (or 310-423-5180 for after-hours assistance).
- Guest cot for an overnight stay in patient room – call the Hospitality Department: 310-423-4444.
- Refrigerators available for patients with special requirements (chaplain approval required) – call 310-423-5550.
- A mezuzah affixed to the doorway of every patient room.
Additional observances and rituals include:
- Elevator 13 in the main building and Elevator 38 in the Saperstein building stop at every floor on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays.
- Candle-lighting times and the status of the local eruv – call 1-877-ERUV-INFO.
- A chaplain to facilitate a yahrzeit observance – call 310-423-5550.
- Holiday observances as they arise such as communal sukkah, Purim and High Holidays.
Brit Milah (Circumcision) Assistance
New parents who wish to observe the Jewish tradition of brit milah may contact the Spiritual Care team to arrange for an experienced, trained mohel to perform the circumcision and help you find a place to hold the celebration. If a mohel is unavailable, one of our Jewish staff physicians may perform the brit, after consulting with a rabbi.
Hospital stays or visits don't have to interfere with your religious practices. Here are a few key resources for members of the Jewish faith:
Advance Healthcare Directives
By completing an advance healthcare directive, you can clearly state your healthcare goals, values and preferences. An advance healthcare directive allows you to share with your care team and loved ones what is most important to you when thinking about your health—and gives you greater peace of mind.
Review these forms and resources. Talk with your doctor, your family and your rabbi or spiritual adviser, and work with them to complete your advance healthcare directive. That way, your care team and those most dear to you can honor your healthcare decisions.
Documents specific to Judaism:
- Cedars-Sinai Jewish Advance Directive (PDF)
- Step-by-Step Companion Guide to Filling Out Cedars-Sinai Jewish Advance Directive (PDF)
- Halachic Living Will of Agudas Yisroel (Orthodox) (PDF)
- Halachic Health Care Proxy of the Rabbinical Council of America (Orthodox) (PDF)
- Jewish Medical Directives for Health Care of the Conservative Movement (PDF)
Additional resources appropriate for all faiths:
Have Questions or Need Help?
Call the Jewish team Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Pacific Time (U.S.), or send a message. You can also visit our offices, which are on the Plaza Level, between the North and South towers, next to the chapel.