Bikur Cholim

The term "Bikur Cholims" means today far more than visiting the sick. The word has become synonymous with relief, food, support and assistance to the families of hospitalized patients.

Bikur Cholim Yad Yakov stepped in to fill a great need for the above services in three major New York hospitals: Lutheran Medical Center, which has an advanced trauma center and stroke rehab center, Long Island College Hospital, which services Boro Park, Flatbush and Williamsburg, and NYU medical center which serves hundreds of jewish patients daily. All hospitals serve thousands of Jewish patients.

Yad Yakov was founded as a division of Chesed Shel Emes, in memory of Yakov Mordechai ben Moshe, a chosheva young man who passed away shortly after his marriage. His parents, Mr. & Mrs. Mondrowitz, decided to undertake this vital mitzvah in his memory.

After consulting with Rabbi Mendy Rosenberg of Chesed Shel Emes, the Yad Yakov founders arranged for meditation rooms in the above-mentioned hospitals. Thanks to the intervention of Rabbi Meir Leifer and Rabbi Naftoli Reiner at Lutheran Medical Center, and Mr. Zalmy Pollak, and Mr. Chaim Aron Klein at LICH, and Mrs. Lubling and the Rivkah Laufer Bikur Cholim at NYU, all hospitals were very accommodating.

Yad Yakov has fully stocked kitchens in all hospitals. These rooms are like an oasis in the desert to exhausted family members who are in the hospital for an extended stay. There are milchig and fleishig microwaves, and refrigerators that are stocked daily with fresh yogurts, sandwiches, and many other products. The pantries are stuffed with every imaginable fast-food or ready-to-eat item, and the freezers are loaded with five-star frozen meals, generously donated by the Lebowitz family of Paradise Manor.

Every Shabbos and Yom Tov, Yad Yakov provides complete Shabbos and Yom Tov meals, with everything included, exactly as you would have at home. Patients and their family members receive everything they could possibly think of during the course of their stay, from every kind of kosher food, to reading material & sefarim, etc. and everything in between.

In addition to all of the above, Yad Yakov volunteers visit the patients at the hospitals, listening to their needs and giving encouragement and support. The presence of these devoted volunteers makes a tremendous difference to the patients and their families.

Chesed Shel Emes is currently working with several other hospitals, to expand the Yad Yakov Bikur Cholim services to their facilities.