MorseLife Helps Homebound Seniors Ring In Jewish New Year

Volunteers and MorseLife Tradition residents Vivian and David Weiner help with the packages.

Jewish seniors throughout Palm Beach County started the New Year on an extra-sweet note, thanks to the MorseLife Health System. In celebration of Rosh Hashanah, this nationally recognized provider of senior healthcare, housing and support services prepared 2,000 traditional holiday meals — complete with matzah ball soup, honey-garlic chicken, challah, honey cake and wine.

A team of 350 volunteers assembled at MorseLife’s West Palm Beach campus Sept. 6 to deliver the food and fellowship to frail, homebound seniors from Jupiter to Boca Raton. In addition to the free meals, seniors were gifted with large-print prayer books and a digital recording of a service, so they could continue to celebrate one of the most important holidays of the Jewish calendar in the comfort of their own homes.

“The Homebound Mitzvah Program — meaning to do a good deed — has been a MorseLife tradition for 21 years,” MorseLife’s Director of Community Services Linda Sevich said. “This program feeds not only the body but also the soul. Our volunteers spend quality time with the seniors to help diminish some of the loneliness felt over the Jewish holidays.”

Since 1997, the MorseLife Homebound Mitzvah program has delivered kosher holiday meals, prayer books and digital recordings of services to more than 50,000 homebound Jewish seniors. It was founded by Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz and has been sustained through the generosity of community philanthropists and support from the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.