The Melaveh Project is a new effort to provide support for the dying within the Jewish community.
“Melaveh” is Hebrew for “one who accompanies.” Provide comfort to Jews in their final days and hours and also support for their caregivers and loved ones. The Melaveh volunteer is trained to be a supportive Jewish presence. When a Jewish person is given a terminal diagnosis, the family or caregivers can call upon the Melaveh volunteer to visit the ill person, establish a relationship, and be physically present to support the individual while he or she is dying. In that way, if the family is unable to be physically present, the Melaveh volunteer can still be present to support their loved one. The family may also choose to call for support only during the active process of dying.
Project is led by rabbis and other members of the East Bay Jewish community, and is not sponsored by any particular congregation. The only criterion for participation is that the dying person must self-identify as being Jewish. That individual’s religious practice is not a concern. Our work is given freely and no payment is expected. We are currently able to serve Berkeley, Albany, and El Cerrito. We hope to expand our geographic reach in the future. If you want more information or have a referral, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-649-5724.