New ‘Ozer Umagen’ supports Jewish patients keeping the Sabbath at Southend Hospital
17 January 2019
Members of Southend’s Jewish community celebrated the installation of a special cupboard called an ‘Ozer Umagen’ which is a dedicated religious facility in the Chaplaincy area of Southend Hospital. Jewish patients and their visitors will be able to use the resources in the cupboard to help them celebrate the Sabbath fully.
The Ozer Umagen, which means 'Help and Protect' in Hebrew, will
make available the scriptures and all the Kosher items needed to
properly mark and keep the Sabbath. There is also a special quiet
place in the Chaplaincy area for the Sabbath meal and
Reverend David Childs, Lead Chaplain at Southend University
Hospital said: "Southend Hospital welcomes people from all
religions and faiths and it has been a real pleasure to work with
Isaac Kohn and Rabbi Bar in making this 'Ozer Umagen' a
possibility. Jewish patients, relatives and staff members will be
able to make use of the facility and even the lighting in this area
will comply with the religious law. Using this special resource -
or even just knowing it is there - will bring great comfort and
strength to many."
Isaac Kohn, from the Hasidic Jewish community, said: "The
support we have had from the hospital has been amazing. We are very
grateful to the Trust's commitment to different religious faiths
and this lifts us all."
Rabbi Benjamin Bar said: "I am delighted that a space has been
kindly allocated to help accommodate the needs of Jewish patients
admitted to hospital. The Sabbath cupboard addresses the special
religious requirements of those who observe the Sabbath. We are
very grateful to Southend Hospital and particularly the Reverend
David Childs, for driving this project forward."
Image l-r:Rabbi Binyamin - Bar of Southend
Synagogue and Isaac Kohn from the Hasidic community in Stamford
Hill, Cheryl Schwarz - Deputy Director of Nursing and The Reverend
David Childs - Lead Chaplain at Southend University Hospital