The “laboratory coat” ceremony is actually held in all medical schools, all over the world; but with us, here in the Jewish Center, it is conducted in a different, more touching manner. Each year, at the beginning of the fall term in September, there is a ceremony for the students who are starting their first year. Mr. Stern introduces them to the Center and to the services that they can and are invited to make use of. Representatives of the local students’ union for Jewish students welcome the newcomers and explain to them that in any case of mishap or problem that can crop up – heaven forbid – in any form, in any area of their experience, there is always someone to turn to. Later, during the event, Mr. Stern gets acquainted with each and every one of the new students.
At the end of the ceremony, each student receives a white robe, given to him or her personally, by Mr. Stern. This robe will serve them well in their future studies. The students leave this ceremony with the feeling that although, it’s true, that they are far from home, here, as well, there is someone caring for them and someone who will provide them with backup in whatever they do or need.