Walk in the ways of God. As God visits and bring comfort to those who are ill, so must I emulate God, by visiting and bringing comfort to those who are sick. ~Babylonian Talmud, Sotah 14a
An important part of our program is to provide comfort to those in our Congregational family who are ill in the hospital, at home or in a long-term care facilities. If a congregant would like visits from fellow congregants as well as clergy, and requests such visits, we will have a roster of people available to do so. Volunteers in the Bikur Cholim program must take part in a training program where they learn how to develop communications skill, the vital importance of maintaining confidentiality and the protection of privacy, respect for patients, hospital etiquette, Do’s and Don’ts, emotional impact of visiting, and other topics pertinent to the success of Bikur Cholim.
Please Note: A lay visit will not be for everyone. Many congregants will want only clergy, family, or perhaps no one at all. Visits by Congregants in the Bikur Cholim program will only be made by personal request to the clergy or office