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.
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
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)
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.
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
You have the right to accept or refuse medical care and make decisions about lifesaving treatments. However, if you are unable to make those choices yourself, it's important that you make your wishes known well in advance by completing an advance healthcare directive.
Review these forms and resources. Talk with your doctor, your family and your rabbi or spiritual advisor, 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:
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.