Bringing families together…via Skype

SOUTHBURY – The Jewish holidays are famous for bringing families and friends together around the dining room table, to be nourished in both body and soul.

That is, of course, if you are able to attend a family gathering, or even a gathering of friends. But what about those who are isolated? Those who have no family – or at least not local family? How will they spend their holiday? For many, especially those in long-term care facilities, one day is the same as the next.

To help make their lives a little brighter and keep them connected to the community, Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz, chaplain of the Brownstein Jewish Family Service in Southbury, pays monthly visit to the isolated elderly. Now, thanks to a laptop purchased last summer by Brownstein JFS, “Rabbi Dana,” as she is known, can also help residents enjoy a Skype visit with far away family. Residents can see their loved ones, talk to them and hear them. For older folks, it is like a bit of sci-fi – a miracle of technology. For families far away from their aged loved ones, it is peace of mind.


For more information on this service, contact Rabbi Dana at (203) 267-3177 x334.

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