The Pastoral Care Office (contact Linda, 410.955.5842) has electric candles for Shabbos, which can be used with a bracha (ask your Rabbi). Washing your hands is a challenge on Shabbos because many of the faucets are electric. Find a manual one before Shabbos, if possible. Getting around the hospital is tricky on Shabbos, so try and plan before Shabbos a route, especially if you are staying in one of the accommodations listed above.
B’nai Israel Congregation – 27 Lloyd Street, 410.732.5454, www.bnaiisraelcongregation.org. This Modern-Orthodox shul is located 0.9 miles from the hospital. Be wary of the route you take, as the hospital neighborhood has some blocks that are less than safe. Be extra wary at night.
Shofar Blowing – contact Chabad Downtown 410.605.0505 http://www.chabaddowntown.net or Bikur Cholim to arrange shofar blowing in the hospital for Rosh Hashana.
Succah – For the Succos holiday, a succah can be found on the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus outside the Johns Hopkins CRB II (research building south of the outpatient garage) Research building. Contact the Jewish chaplain for more information.
Parking coupons are available in the parking garages and the main hospital cashier. They come in books of 5 or 10 for $6/coupon.
Parking coupons are also provided by a Pediatric Specialty Clinic nurse or social worker.
Families who have an infant or child with a long inpatient stay are provided meal coupons, which can be used in places such as the Cobblestone Cafe (for kosher sandwiches and salads from Accents Grill amongst other things) Ask the unit social worker, or case manager.
Children’s Library and Family Resource Center is located on third floor of Hopkins Children’s (CMSC 301). Contains children’s books, videos and a computer for public use. Patient Library is in Carnegie 173 (M-F, 1-4); personal computer and Internet access available.
Protective Services Officers provide a walking escort service around the clock to any point on the East Baltimore medical campus. To request a walking escort, call 410.955.5585.
There is a Jewish chaplain for the hospital, Rabbi Dr. Tsvi G. Schur (Shabbos observant and an experienced mohel), usually in on Tuesdays and Thursdays and available for emergency calls other times. Call 410.955.5842.
Chabad Lubavitch of Downtown Baltimore 410.605.0505.