This year’s High Holiday period will be different and challenging for us all.
While our residential care sites remain closed to visitors on NSW Health advice, we have devoted the same attention as ever to creating special Rosh Hashana experiences for residents, from festive dinners to assisted video calls to keep families connected.
Thanks to all our residents, clients and families for your continued patience over the past six months, as well as our volunteers, members and supporters for your remarkable efforts as we face COVID-19 together. For a snapshot of all we have achieved, take a look at the new issue of Montefiore Life magazine. And if you’re considering a donation at this time of year, we are calling for contributions towards the ongoing cost to the organisation of personal protective equipment (PPE), which is now more than $600,000 annually.
With gratitude to the entire Montefiore family for your ongoing support, we wish you a happy, sweet and healthy New Year.
The Challenge of 2020/5780
A message from Spiritual Dean Rabbi David Rogut OAM
The past year has presented all of humanity with a tremendous challenge – the COVID-19 virus. Despite our great advances in the study of medicine and health we were confronted with this unknown virus, virulent by nature with deathly consequence.It has changed all facets of normal living – education, health and business have all been seriously affected. Our government responded swiftly to this challenge and called upon all Australians to assist in overcoming the spread of the virus.
The response has been positive and heartening. On Rosh Hashana we declare that “Prayer, Repentance and Charity can avert the evil decrees.” May we all be sincere in our prayers to G-d, our actions towards our fellow man and our sincere repentance to help bring about a change in the present world situation.
Montefiore staff have cared for our residents and clients with dedication, commitment and hard work. We thank them for their sterling efforts. Our hearts go out to all our residents who have spent time separated from their families, volunteers and visitors.
We thank all of you for your patience and understanding. May the New Year usher in a period of good health to the entire global family.