Neshama Hospice is Canada’s first residential hospice based on Jewish values. We will be located on Brightwood Street in a quiet, tree-lined residential neighbourhood in North York, Ontario. Our purpose-built, home-like hospice will comprise 10 resident rooms.
Our hospice will be guided by a philosophy of providing exceptional, family-centred, end-of-life care in a calming, comfortable environment. We will be a place of community, friendship and compassion, where staff and volunteers will provide round-the-clock medical, emotional and spiritual support for our residents.
Everyone will be welcome and all cultural practices, values and lifestyles will be supported. The daily operation of Neshama Hospice will reflect Jewish traditions and culture. For example, families who keep kosher will find staff and volunteers that are familiar with and supportive of their dietary needs, and Neshama Hospice will honour Jewish laws and customs related to end of life.
We expect to serve up to 250 individuals a year and innumerable family members and friends by extension. As a registered charity, our services and programs will be offered at no cost. Neshama Hospice relies on the generous donations of our community, foundations and corporations, as well as government support, fundraising proceeds, and the sound management of our endowment fund.