Jewish Life and Services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center


Jewish Services at HRC Boston

Shabbat morning services every Saturday at 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Our Shabbat morning services use the Sim Shalom Sabbath and Holiday Prayer book. The basic structure of the traditional service is followed, with a focus on singing and engaging our resident population in prayer. The service lasts two hours. We streamline the Torah service, using the triennial cycle readings and three aliyot each week. Our goal is to make the service accessible and compelling for people from diverse backgrounds, understanding that for some the participation of women as leaders will be a barrier. We welcome family and friends and fully appreciate visitors to our services.

All of our synagogue services are broadcast on channel 10and can be viewed in the unit dining rooms or in resident and patient rooms.

Shabbat sing-along every Friday at 2:00 p.m.
On Friday afternoons, we hold a Shabbat sing-along at 2:00 p.m. in the synagogue. This popular program is a way for residents with a diversity of ability to welcome the Shabbat with Jewish and diverse melodies and good spirit.

Traditional Kabalat Shabbat every Friday at 3:00 p.m.
On Fridays at 3:00 p.m., we hold a traditional Kabalat Shabbat in the Cable Synagogue.

Jewish Holidays

Morning services are held on Jewish holidays and evening services on the High Holidays. In general, on the second day of holidays, we offer an abbreviated service with more focus on study and song. All of our services are broadcast on channel 10and can be viewed in the unit dining rooms or in resident and patient rooms. You are welcome to bring your family and share your holiday meal with your relative.

Holocaust Memorial Day is marked with a commemorative service at HRC.

Purim is a fun and silly holiday here. There are vibrant staff Purim spiels, a reading of the Megilla, and a lot of good cheer.

You and your family may join us for a joyful interactive Passover Seder either on the first or second night of Passover.

For Orthodox or Observant Visitors on Shabbat
Prior to your visit, call 617-363-8619 to discuss your plans.

We welcome Orthodox and Observant visitors on Shabbat. We can help you make it a Shabbat shel menucha v'simchah.

For those requiring overnight accommodations, there are sometimes rooms available at the Sophia Snow House across the street from HRC. At critical times, staff will assist you in sleeping in your relative's room. Prior to your visit, call HRC administration at 617-363-8400 to discuss your plans. We will make sure that security knows when you will be arriving. They will open a side door (that is not electronic) and are prepared to press the elevator buttons for and escort you to where you need to go. Meals can be arranged in advance with the kitchen and delivered either to your family member's room or served in the main dining hall. 

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