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Jewish religion celebrated

Programs and Services

Religion is important in the lives of people we support.  In three of the residential homes we support most of the people practice Judaism.  In these three particular homes Arc staff helps the Jewish residents practice their faith and respect traditions.

The houses on Farm Brook, Havens and Shaftsbury all have kosher kitchens.  For people who are Orthodox Jewish this is very important.  The houses keep separate dishes and utensils—one set for dairy, one set for meat.

Arc staff member Sandy Dillon, Residence Manager, learned all about the Jewish religion and practices the traditions with the people who live in the houses she manages even though she herself is not Jewish.


Celebrations like Yom Kippur, which is a day of atonement, involve mourning.  Prayers are said and people are encouraged to attend temple.

Hanukkah celebrations include lighting of the menorah, prayer and food.  Everyone enjoys the traditional holiday treats like latkes, jelly doughnuts and apple sauce.  Sandy also organizes a gift exchange between everyone.

Passover Seder includes ritual, food, blessings, songs and reading from the Haggadah.

All of the holidays are celebrated, this is only a sampling.


Families of the people we support in these three houses are encouraged to come celebrate the holidays and high holy days as well.  The houses are always open and accommodating, offering large spaces for families to gather.

Additionally, the three houses often come together to celebrate the holidays.  This gives the people we support the chance to meet and socialize with other people of their faith.


Transportation to temple is provided and attendance encouraged.  Many of the people we support attend Jewish living classes where they learn more about values, culture and traditions.

The people we support often worship at Temple Beth El and B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, NY.

Having the support and resources to practice your religion is invaluable to the people we support.    Rochester.

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The Ladies of Shaftsbury