NIJH was established in 1985 to help alleviate suffering in serious
and terminal illness. It's 52,000 members comprise business and professional
leaders, and a consortium of endowing foundations. It communicates
with hospices, family service, medical organizations, and all health-care
agencies alerting them to the plight of the Jewish terminally ill.
A 24 hour toll-free number counsels families, patients and care givers,
and provides locations of hospices, hospitals, health professionals
and clergy of all faiths.
For medical emergencies call 516 791 9191
NIJH provides booklets, books, and cassettes and monographs confronting
such issues as truth telling and euthanasia; and provides insights
into the art of hoping, the techniques of caring, and the understanding
of pain. The NIJH JEWISH LIVING WILL AND DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY
document is available to anyone at minimal cost.
NIJH recently embarked on an accreditation program providing on site
training to any hospice, geriatric center or hospital in the U.S..
Forty have already been accredited.
NIJH's board of governors, headed by Rabbi Dr. Maurice Lamm, President
and Founder, and Shirley Lamm, Executive Director, includes nationally
known leaders in business, academia, government and religion
who have given their name to support the cause of the Jewish
Since NIJH launched the idea of "Jewish Hospice," the web browsers
today site 26,000 references to "Jewish" hospice.
Visibly recognizable names are Dean Dominick Purpura, Albert Einstein
College of Medicine; the Honorable Henry Waxman, U.S. Congress; Professor
William Cutter, Hebrew Union College; Rabbi Elliot Dorff and Dr.
Samuel Klagsbrun, Jewish Theological Seminary; Rabbi Harold Schulweis;
Dr. Avery Weisman, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Laurens White, University
of California, S.F.; Dr. Herman Feifel, the father of thanatology and
the late Dr. Norman Cousins.
NIJH is also pleased to have movie and media stars as friends. Among
them: Alan Alda, Neil Simon, Judge Joseph Wapner, Abigail Van Buren,
Jack Klugman, Herman Wouk, the late Shari Lewis and Jessica Tandy.
Contact us at:
National Institute for Jewish Hospice
732 University Street
North Woodmere, New York 11581