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Caring for Each Other

BIKUR HOLIM COMMITTEE
Bikur Holim, "visiting the sick" in Hebrew, is a term encompassing a wide range of activities performed by an individual or a group to provide comfort and support to people who are ill, homebound, isolated and/or otherwise in distress. Bikur Holim can include such activities as: visiting patients in a hospital, rehabilitation center or nursing home; visiting people who are restricted to their home because of physical, psychological impairment or social isolation; taking people who are ill or impaired on errands or field trips; and providing telephone contact and reassurance to those who are ill or homebound. 
 
B‘nai Shalom of Olney has an active group of volunteers along with the Rabbi and Hazzan who are committed to visiting, calling, and helping out members of our community who are ill. As a congregation, portions of our services are dedicated to praying for those in need of healing. We maintain a list naming all those that we keep in our thoughts. Support is provided with attention to your family’s privacy concerns. If you or a family member is in need of assistance that we can provide, or if you desire to join this committee and fulfill the mitzvah of caring for the ill, please contact our chair, Edie Blitzstein at 301-774-0089. 
 
HESED COMMITTEE
B’nai Shalom of Olney’s Hesed Committee strives to provide member families with aid and support during times of need, including death and bereavement. Services include sending out death notification to shul members and information regarding shiva.  The committee arranges to provide shiva prayer books and other supplies. The committee tries to address the needs of bereaved families, giving special consideration to each and every unique situation. The general policy is to invite the family to our next Shabbat Dinner and welcome them back into our community after the period of shiva has completed. The Hesed Committee also arranges with Rabbi Sunshine and Hazzan Geller, minyan leaders during the shiva period. If you are in need of these services or want to join the committee, please contact our chair, Gary Mizrachi at 301-570-5323.
Wed, August 23 2017 1 Elul 5777