Bikur cholim means “visiting the sick.” It also means checking in on their welfare, doing what we can to provide for their needs, and praying for their “refuah shleimah” – return to wholeness. Bikur cholim is a significant mitzvah, and it is one of the core values of Judaism. Bikur cholim is one of the basic ways in which we can perform acts of chesed, “loving-kindness” for another person. The Talmud describes it as a way in which we can imitate God, who visited Abraham while he was recovering from circumcision.
What can we do? We can send cheery, encouraging messages; we can provide assistance with meals, childcare, housekeeping, grocery shopping, errands, and rides. We can relieve the ill person of some family responsibilities. We can make sure that people who live alone are safe and not fearful or lonely. There is much we can do to help.
If you are generally willing to help with bikur cholim, or if you’d like to try it just once, please let Louise Shanfeld know.
[If you are in need of assistance from your Temple Israel community, please see the Bikur Cholim page for contact info.]
When there is an urgent need for many helpers, Sign-Up Sheets will be posted. Temple Israel member Login is required because we don’t post home addresses or personal health information on the public pages of our website. Currently, there is ONE Sign-Up Sheet.