This year, a Menorah will grace the front of Baylor’s Jewish Institute for Medical Research during Chanakah, Dec. 24 – Jan. 1.
The Menorah is on loan from the Aishel House, which provides visiting patients to the Texas Medical Center and their families with caring support services, including meals and accommodations, transportation, child care, counseling and more. Aishel House is an initiative of Chabad House, a community Shul (synagogue) in the Texas Medical Center open to all Jewish people regardless of background, affiliation or level of observance.
The Jewish Institute for Medical Research at Baylor College of Medicine was conceived by members of Houston’s Jewish community who wanted to establish a facility in the Texas Medical Center that would embody the Jewish concern for spiritual and physical well-being of all people. Their vision came to life through a matching grant from the federal government and the generous support of more than 900 community members who contributed to the institute. Read more about the Jewish Institute on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
Aishel House and Chabad House are led by Rabbi Eliezer Lazaroff. He and his staff will light the Menorah each of the eight nights of Chanakah.