BridgingLife Plans Long-Overdue Bar Mitzvah for Holocaust Survivor

Chaya Lasson, R.N., BridgingLife’s director of Jewish hospice and palliative care, knew that hospice patient Israel Gruzin was a man of great faith. When she would drop in to visit him, he would give her a blessing, often in Yiddish. He was well loved in the Jewish community. The pews and bookshelves he crafted as a custom woodworker adorned many of the community’s synagogues.

He was also a Holocaust survivor, one who had spent his 13th birthday—typically a milestone birthday in the Jewish faith—imprisoned in a concentration camp.

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A Hand for Helping, A Heart for Service

The volunteers at BridgingLife are some of the best advocates for individuals in hospice care, their families and the clinical care team. “It takes a special kind of heart to dedicate your time to helping those in hospice,” shares Kathy Barna, volunteer coordinator at BridgingLife. “Volunteers can provide insight into the patient’s emotions that a clinical team might not always get.”

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Love & Struggle: The Family Caregiving Crisis

On the Carroll Hospital Health Chat, BridgingLife’s Regina Bodnar and Chaya Lasson, R.N., discuss the upcoming event:

Love & Struggle: The Family Caregiving Crisis
An Evening with Dr. Jessica Zitter



It’s time to talk about the most important multi-generational health crisis—family caregiving. 

Presented by BridgingLife and Living Well @ The J, join us for an extraordinary evening with Dr. Zitter, a nationally recognized advocate for quality end-of-life care.

• Screen her award-winning short documentary, Caregiver: A Love Story, which shares an intimate look at one couple’s experiences and challenges during end-of-life care at home

• Hear Dr. Zitter present on this important topic

• Dr. Zitter will sign copies of her book at 6:30 p.m. and after the program; books will be available for purchase

• FREE Continuing Education Credits available

Learn more and register for this free event.