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In honour of Tu BiShvat, we are sharing this delicious recipe of Barley Mushroom Soup which incorporates two of the shivas haminim, barley and olives. Enjoy this warming and tasty soup together with your family and loved ones during the cold winter evenings.



¼ C Olive Oil

1 Large Onion

1 Bay Leaf

1 Garlic Cube

2 T Flour

1 Pound Fresh Mushrooms – Sliced

8 C Water

2 Carrots – Diced

1 Stalk Celery – Diced

3/4 C Barley

Salt And Pepper


Sauté onion with garlic and bay leaf until tender. Add mushrooms and sauté until onions are translucent. Push vegetables to the side, add the flour and stir until smooth. Gradually add the water, vegetables, and barley and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1.5 hours. Season with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf before serving.


Bikur Cholim proudly facilitates three weekly senior gatherings, the Sunshine Club, the Friendship Club, and the Golden Girls. Each of these clubs feature programming specifically geared to social seniors. Bikur Cholim can also help enrollees with rides to and from the clubs. To find out more information, please call the Bikur Cholim office.

Bikur Cholim facilitates several support groups for women who are divorced. To find out more about these groups, please call our office.

Bikur Cholim facilitates a support group for women who are bereaved. To find out more about this group, please call our office.

Bikur Cholim organizes special projects around various holidays to ensure that members of the community can have a true Yom Tov experience even while homebound or in the hospital. From beautiful seder plates for Pesach to custom made hospital-safe menorahs for Chanuka, Bikur Cholim’s Yom Tov/Holiday projects help keep these special days sources of happiness for everyone in need.

Getting to and from appointments can be difficult, especially for the elderly or infirm. Bikur Cholim recognizes that transportation can often be as daunting as the visit itself. Our Dial-A-Ride program meets this need by arranging rides for individuals through our volunteer network. Dial-A-Ride provides a means of transportation to many in our community who would otherwise be unable to attend their appointments. We can even accommodate individuals who require wheelchair-accessible transportation in our specially outfitted Bikur Cholim van.

The cost of medical equipment can be overwhelming. Even commonplace items such as wheelchairs and walkers can be beyond the means of many.

Bikur Cholim maintains a gemach for the free lending of medical equipment. Our inventory includes wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, bathroom equipment, and more. We believe that no one who is dealing with a disability of any degree should have to endure the added complication of finding quality medical equipment.

A good spirit is essential to a healthy recovery. Lifting the spirit of those in need is the sole purpose of the Bikur Cholim media library. With over 250 titles, our media library is sure to have something for everyone. The collection includes concerts, plays, speeches, and documentaries in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew.

Whether because of disability or age, many individuals find themselves confined to their home, depriving them of social contact and complicating common chores that most people take for granted.

Bikur Cholim is dedicated to serving these individuals through our volunteer network. Our focus is helping individuals meet the specific challenges their situation presents. We believe that just as each individual is unique and each situation is unique, so too each intervention should be unique. In all cases, however, our mandate is to prevent loneliness, isolation, and helplessness in those members of our community who are homebound.

Bikur Cholim is a proud recipient of grant funding distributed by the Government of Germany through the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Through this allocation, Bikur Cholim can provide services for the benefit of Holocaust survivors and other individuals who were affected by Nazi persecution. Depending on the circumstances of the individual, Bikur Cholim may be able to provide housekeeping, meals, personal care, or other services.

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