The Jeff Astor Foundation in 2021 sponsored Shabbat, holiday, and newborn baby bags which are hand-delivered to the patients or to the parents of newborns at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  These include materials which enable people to create a meaningful experience of Shabbat and holidays. Families welcoming a new baby receive special books, and blessings for bedtime and Shabbat, along with resources to help them connect to Jewish life. These spiritual bags complement the spiritual care visits at a highly vulnerable or joyous time in the lives of patients and their families.

Jewish Chaplaincy Services (JCS) serving Stanford Medicine provides spiritual care for patients and their families, while also delivering educational programs that inspire and prepare doctors to care for themselves and their patients. JCS provides healing support to help combat loneliness, anxiety, and fear among patients and their families, as well as to respond to the increased strain experienced by physicians and nurses. The Jewish Chaplaincy serves the entire medical center, supporting both adult patients and families at Stanford Hospital and children and their families at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.