Hod Yerushalayim is a small nursing home in Kiryat Yovel, Jerusalem.  The departments range from independent living to nursing care to chronic care and memory support.  Many of the senior citizens who live there are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, and many come from low- income backgrounds.  The staff of Hod Yerushalayim are inspiring in their spirit of giving, working with minimal pay on a very tight budget to provide high quality care for the residents. The staff is proud of the work they do with the resources available to provide the highest quality services they can with an integrated, team approach. Hod Yerushalayim reached out to Kashouvot after one of our patients from another nursing home moved there and requested that our chaplain Aliza Pilichowski continue visiting him. The social worker at Hod was impressed by how Aliza connected with a resident that no-one else could reach, and invited us to provide Spiritual Care to other residents at Hod.

Aliza has been offering pastoral care at Hod one day per week since mid 2017 thanks to a grant from the Narayever Congregation in Toronto. There is a positive model of collaboration with the whole staff there, and several of our pastoral care students also visit residents so we can serve more people.

Aliza also mentors a group of soldiers from low-prestige positions and helps them connect with the elders, as well as their own spiritual strength, in a meaningful way.