The Temple Religious School’s 7th and 8th grades visited Jewish Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health. They were welcomed by Vice President of Mission Rabbi Dr. Nadia Siritsky, who explained a little bit about its history.
Jewish Hospital started because Jewish doctors in Louisville were not allowed to practice at other hospitals, and Jewish patients were subject to missionary attempts when they were most vulnerable.
Jewish Hospital was the first hospital in Louisville to open its doors, not only to Jewish doctors, but also to African American doctors. This situation has long passed and today, Louisville is a welcoming community. Nevertheless, Jewish hospital has not neglected its founding mission of tikkun olam, the repair of the world.
As the students learned from Rabbi Siritsky, Jewish Hospital and KentuckyOne Health continue to be involved in tzedakah: many social justice endeavors in the community that are helping Louisville and Kentucky and the world become a better, kinder and healthier place.
Also, Jewish Hospital is world renowned for its cutting edge medical accomplishments, including hand transplants, and continues to lead the way in developing new ways to bring healing to its patients, and innovative knowledge to the medical community.