Religious Services and Observances


For the forthcoming High Holidays, the schedule is as follows:

Oct. 3 Monday 10 a.m. Rosh Hashanah
Oct. 11 Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Kol Nidre
Oct. 12 Wednesday 10 a.m. Yom Kippur

 Services will be conducted by Rabbi Jason Weiner with Cantor Jordan Gorfinkel.  All services will take place in the Harvey S. Morse Auditorium and services will be broadcast in patient rooms on television channel 50.



Weekly Religious Services

All religious services take place in the Chapel, located on the Plaza Level, between the North and South Towers. Some events may also be viewed on Cedars-Sinai closed-circuit, in-house Channel 50.

  • Mondays noon-12:30 p.m. – Catholic Mass
  • Mondays 1-1:30 p.m. -- Reiki for Relaxation
  • Tuesdays noon-1 p.m. – Fundamentals of Jewish Thought
  • Wednesdays noon-12:30 p.m. – Catholic Mass
  • Wednesdays 1-1:30 p.m. – Christian Worship and Fellowship
  • Thursdays noon-12:30 p.m. – Mindfulness Meditation
  • Fridays noon-12:30 p.m. – Catholic Mass
  • Fridays 1:15-1:45 p.m. – Muslim Prayer Service
  • Fridays 3-3:15 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat Welcoming of Sabbath Service
  • Saturdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Shabbat Services (once a month)
  • Sundays 1:30-2 p.m. – Catholic Mass

Religious Observances

For Jewish Patients and Their Families:

*Note about brit milah/circumcision:  To accommodate parents wishing to observe the Jewish tradition of brit milah, Cedars-Sinai's Spiritual Care Department can help make arrangements for a mohel to perform the circumcision or can also help in finding a place to hold the celebration. Recommended mohalim are experienced and technically trained in this surgery. In the event a mohel is not available, one of our knowledgeable Jewish staff physicians may perform the brit after consulting with a rabbi.

For Christian Patients and Their Families: (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Nondenominational)

  • Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated in the chapel at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m.  Broadcast live to patient rooms on Channel 50.
  • Christian Worship and Fellowship in the chapel on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Broadcast live to patient rooms on Channel 50.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Communion
  • Anointing of the sick
  • Prayers for the dead
  • Services on important holidays such as Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Easter, televised on Channel 50
  • Emergency baptisms
  • New Testament and Bibles
  • Devotional reading and Holy Cards
  • Rosaries
  • Music for Healing volunteer gospel/worship singers

For Jehovah's Witnesses Patients and Their Families: 

For Jehovah's Witnesses patient visitation, assistance on decisions about nonuse of blood and blood-related products or for information about nonblood alternative medical protocols for procedures traditionally requiring blood products, call Craig Tidwell at 323-270-3601.

Note: Craig Tidwell is the HLC Patient Visitation Group coordinator as well as a Cedars-Sinai's Spiritual Care Department volunteer who visits Jehovah's Witness patients and families. He can help with questions related to use or nonuse of blood products.

For All:

  • Assistance contacting community clergy
  • Visits by Chaplaincy Department volunteers
  • Inspirational programs on Channel 50
  • The Harvard Divinity School Multifaith Calendar lists primary sacred times for world religions, including Islam, Buddhist, Judaism, Hindu, Christian, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Shinto, Jain, Confucian, Daoist, Native American religions and more.