A Diversity Message From Neil Meltzer — October

Editor's note: CEO Neil Meltzer's monthly diversity message was sent to LifeBridge Health employees on October 1.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, will begin at sundown on Sunday, Oct. 2. It’s the first High Holiday (or High Holy Day) over a 10-day period that ends with Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Jewish people from all over the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah in different ways, but two universal traditions are hearing the sound of the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn), and eating apples dipped in honey to symbolize and evoke a sweet new year.. Over the two-day holiday, Jews not only proclaim God’s creation of the world, but they reflect on the past year’s tribulations and successes.

Neil MeltzerA common Hebrew greeting shared during Rosh Hashanah is “L'shanah tovah,” which means “for a good year.” Rosh Hashanah will conclude at sundown on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, falls on Oct. 11 to 12 and is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Setting aside this “Sabbath of Sabbath days,” Jewish people pray to atone for their sins, while fasting and abstaining from work.

Sukkot, or the Feast of Booths, runs from Oct. 16 to Oct. 23. The Jewish festival commemorates the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness and is one of three biblically based pilgrimage holidays known as the Shalosh Regalim. Lasting for seven days, this holiday celebrates the fall harvest.

Italian-Americans also have cause for celebration this month. October has become known as National Italian American Heritage Month. More than 5.5 million people emigrated from Italy between 1820 and 1992, making Italians one of the largest ethnic groups in the U.S. Italians overcame widespread discrimination upon their arrival to become leaders in the arts, sciences, politics and industry. This month is good opportunity to celebrate Italian American accomplishments and to learn more about their history, language and culture.

National Coming Out Day is a chance to honor our friends and loved ones who publically identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). On Oct. 11, members of the LGBTQ community and their advocates come together to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues around the world. Observed in America, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, the holiday acknowledges the advancements that have been made in civil rights; however, there is still a lot more to be done!

Oct. 24 is United Nations Day! It was established to commemorate the work the U.N. has done to further the causes of justice and equality among the peoples of the world. Marking the ratification of the U.N.’s founding document back in 1945, many celebrations include cross-cultural foods and performances to reflect the U.N.’s mission of spreading cultural awareness and understanding. Each one of us has the power to take the U.N.’s message to heart and create a more peaceful, compassionate world by treating each other with dignity and respect.

At LifeBridge Health we celebrate both what makes us diverse and unique, and what makes us the same — our shared purpose of caring for the community together.

— Written by Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health

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  • #Levindale had a great time celebrating the season at their annual holiday party! Team members enjoyed some delicious food and great company with their colleagues. Check out below for some pictures from the festivities! #HolidayParty #Thankful #LifeBridgeHealth

    lifebridgehealth: "#Levindale had a great time celebrating the season at their annual holiday party! Team members enjoyed some delicious food and great company with their colleagues. Check out below for some pictures from the festivities! #HolidayParty #Thankful #LifeBridgeHealth"
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    lifebridgehealth: "The Greater Baltimore Committee recently recognized #LifeBridgeHealth at the annual Mayor’s Business Recognition Awards Luncheon. LifeBridge Health was honored for our innovative partnership with Park Heights Renaissance in the creation of the LifeBridge Health Clean & Green Team, whose members were there and took a picture with Mayor Catherine Pugh. Executive Vice President Brian M. White accepted the award on behalf of the team.The LifeBridge Health Clean & Green Team helps improve the health of the communities served by LifeBridge Health by providing no cost landscaping services and taking on various neighborhood beautification projects.  #BmoreMayorsAwards @mayorpugh50"
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    lifebridgehealth: "Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. hit a home run during his recent visit with kids, families and team members at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai. In honor of this special visitor from "Birdland," the kids had a bird-themed activity for their play date with Cal - painting birdhouses. Special thanks to the team at the Lenny "Batman" Robinson/Hope for Henry Foundation who brought baseball-related giveaways, including fleece blankets, hats and action figures. Take a look at the photos! @lbrhopeforhenry #calripken"
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    lifebridgehealth: "Good food, good conversation and genuine words of thanks were on the menu at the #SinaiHospital employee holiday party this week. #LifeBridgeHealth executives became servers in the Greenspring Café and Café Shalom to show their appreciation for the passion employees demonstrate when they care for their patients and colleagues. #HappyHolidays #HolidayParty"
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    lifebridgehealth: "#LifeBridgeHealth was proud to be a partner for Festival of Lights celebrations this weekend. The 3rd annual JCC of Greater Baltimore’s Chanukah Hot Chocolate 5K, One-Mile Fun Run and Family Fun Day started things off on the right foot. The Celebrate Chanukah events at Foundry Row and Greetings & Readings at Hunt Valley Mall picked up the fun with lots of activities including candle making, dreidel games and singing songs. #team #chanukah"
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    lifebridgehealth: "#LifeBridgeHealth held a #StopTheBleed event for some Baltimore area health education center community health workers recently to teach  basic techniques of bleeding control during life-threatening situations. Dr. Fahreen Qurashi, Dr. Stephanie Armocida, Lauren Smith (trauma coordinator), Jennie Yudin (ER critical care tech), and Martha Hill (ER preparedness and base station coordinator) from #SinaiHospital educated community health workers on the proper way to #stopthebleed."
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    lifebridgehealth: "Northwest Hospital is helping to shape the next generation of health care leaders and innovators through our magnet school partnership with Baltimore County Schools. Randallstown High magnet students were abuzz with excitement to be a part of the recent #NorthwestHospital tour. Students learned about artificial knees and ambulatory devices, observed sickle cells under the microscope and had interactive discussions with inpatient pharmacy. The organ dissection was hands down their favorite component! #community #baltimore"
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