The Valley Hospital Adds Sabbath Elevator

April 16, 2018

The Valley Hospital has added a Sabbath elevator to the many resources that it provides to Jewish patients and their families. The elevator is located in the Cheel building just off of the main lobby and will run continuously from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, stopping on every floor as it ascends.  It will also operate in Sabbath mode on all major Jewish holidays.  

“The Valley Hospital is committed to supporting the unique needs of all Jewish patients and their families, both physically and spiritually,” said Rev. Mason Jenkins, Supervisor, Pastoral Care, The Valley Hospital. Jewish volunteers visit patients each weekday and a rabbi is available upon request. The hospital provides battery operated Shabbat candles, builds a sukkah to celebrate Sukkot and welcomes the Jewish New Year with the blowing of a shofar throughout the hospital on Rosh Hashanah.”

In 2016, Valley opened a kosher pantry, which is stocked by Chesed 24/7 with a variety of kosher snacks and beverages, religious literature and Jewish books and magazines. Other services include kosher meals served by Valley Dining which meet the highest standards of kashruth. These meals are offered at no cost to one family member for patients in the Mother/Baby and Pediatric Units; additional meals may be purchased in any unit by calling 201-447-8094 or asking a Valley Dining Ambassador. Juice and challah are available upon request with Friday night dinner, as well as matzo for Passover and apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah. In addition, family members in need of lodging during Shabbat can speak with the Patient and Family Relations Department at 201-447-8015.  

For more information on The Valley Hospital’s facilities and services for the Jewish community, please contact Rev. Mason Jenkins at 201-447-8150 or mjenkin@valleyhealth.com.