There’s a feeling of excitement in the air—and not just because spring is making its long-awaited return after mild March weather. This sense of renewal and rejuvenation is connected to two of this season’s most significant holidays, which commemorate the granting of religious freedom and the promise of religious rebirth. I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone at the Jewish General Hospital for a happy Passover and a joyous Easter. May this springtime of hope empower us and our patients throughout the year.
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I got a real kick out of seeing Rabbi Raphael Afilalo, our Director of Pastoral Services, celebrating the Jewish festival of Purim on March 8 by visiting patients along with a group of merry-makers from the Hebrew Academy in Côte St-Luc. Purim is a joyous time of costumes, food and fun—an ideal opportunity to bring cheer to the lives our hospitalized patients. But laughter and warmth aren’t limited to just a day here and there. I’m proud of how much the JGH does year-round to humanize the care of all patients, regardless of their background, through the zaniness of Dr. Clown, the spirited songs of our music therapist, the emotional expressiveness of our art therapist, and much more. Our healthcare staff does a wonderful job of mending the body, but it takes smiles, sympathy and sincerity to mend the person.