MorseLife’s Homebound Mitzvah Program Reaches Out To Isolated and Homebound Seniors for High Holidays
In late September 2011, MorseLife, Palm Beach County’s only organization dedicated solely to caring for seniors, reached out to nearly 2,000 frail and homebound seniors
over the High Holidays who otherwise would not have been able to experience its joys and traditions.
Now in its 15th year, MorseLife’s Homebound Mitzvah Program provides meals and traditional activities to the area’s homebound elders in hopes of diminishing the loneliness and isolation frequently felt over the Jewish holidays.
More than 300 MorseLife volunteers joined together to deliver kosher holiday meals, as well as wine, candles, a large print prayer book and a DVD of High Holiday services conducted by Rabbi Alan Sherman, director of chaplain services at MorseLife. Just as important, these volunteers spent “quality time” with Homebound Mitzvah Program recipients – sitting and talking with them for a while to bring some additional warmth to the deliveries.
The MorseLife Homebound Mitzvah Program was founded by Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz, who had nurtured a similar program in New York, called “Dorot.” The MorseLife program is made possible through the generosity of community philanthropists and a grant from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.
For more information about the Homebound Mitzvah Program, call (561) 282-5388, or click here.