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MEALS


Bikur Cholim provides kosher meals in Toronto-area hospitals for patients and their family members who require it. Our meals are cooked in-house at Yenta´s Kitchen, where a team of dedicated volunteers assists our Head Chef in cooking, assembling and wrapping our beautiful meal packages. Yenta´s Kitchen offers a wide variety of delicious and nutritious meal combinations, and our Meal Coordinator works closely with patients and hospital staff to accommodate special dietary needs. The Shabbos menu includes all the staples of a home-cooked Shabbos meal. A squad of devoted volunteers makes sure that these meals are delivered right to the patient in the hospital. Yenta´s Kitchen is devoted to the idea that patients should enjoy a taste of home-cooking even when confined to a hospital bed. We work hard to ensure that each and every kosher patient is nourished and satisfied.

Yenta´s Kitchen is certified kosher by the COR.


SHABBOS KOSHER CABINETS


Bikur Cholim maintains cabinets in several area hospitals containing supplies and provisions to help patients and family members who are in the hospital over Shabbos. These include grape juice, matzoh, battery-powered candlesticks, havdolah kits, chumashim and siddurim.

The cabinets also contain some non-perishable food which can be used on Shabbos or during the week.

For directions and maps of Bikur Cholim cabinets at local hospitals, click here


VISITATION


Visiting hospital patients lies at the heart of Bikur Cholim´s work. We are committed to doing all we can to prevent and alleviate the isolation and loneliness that can set in during any hospital stay. Bikur Cholim maintains standing groups of volunteers who regularly visit patients at area hospitals.

In addition to visiting with the patients themselves, our volunteers are trained to advocate for the patient to whatever degree they can. This may include bringing patient concerns to the attention of the hospital staff or requesting necessary services for the patients. Hospital visitation also provides Bikur Cholim with an opportunity to determine whether our organization may be able to meet the any of the patient´s other needs. Where appropriate, the volunteer may refer the patient´s case to the Bikur Cholim staff for post-discharge involvement.

From admission to discharge and beyond, Bikur Cholim is there to make sure that no member of our community is ever truly alone.


ACCOMMODATIONS

Whether you are a family member hoping to be near your loved one in the hospital over Shabbos, or a patient who needs to be in close proximity to the hospital over Shabbos for treatment, the Bikur Cholim is there to help.

The Maidy & Lipman Heller Apartment

The Bikur Cholim Maidy & Lipman-Heller apartment is located in downtown Toronto, right near the major area hospitals. Below is a map of the apartment, and a chart of the estimated walking times to area hospitals.

The Anshei Minsk shul is located nearby at 10 Saint Andrew Street, just off Spadina Ave; roughly a 20 minute walk.

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Name of Hospital Walk from Maidy & Lipman Heller Apt.
Toronto General Hospital 5 minutes
Mount Sinai Hospital 5 minutes
Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) 5 minutes
Toronto Rehab 5 minutes
Women´s College Hospital 10 Minutes
St. Michael´s Hospital 15 Minutes
Toronto Western Hospital 20 Minutes
Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre 25 Minutes

 

Mandelbaum Bikur Cholim Apartment

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The Mandelbaum Bikur Cholim Apartment at North York General Hospital has been donated and tastefully furnished לז”נ Kaila Mandelbaum by her husband Mr. Hatzik Mandelbaum, and her children, Rabbi and Mrs. Avraham and Celia Bartfeld, Abie and Sara Rotenberg, and Aaron and Michelle Mandelbaum.

Sunnybrook Respite Home

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The beautifully decorated new townhouse, located directly across the street of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centres, was very generously donated by the Eisenberger, Gunsburg, Kohn, and Jakubovic families in loving memory of R’ Shlomo Yehuda ben R’ Moshe HaCohen A”H, Blima Rivka Aidel bas R’ Daniel A”H, and R’ Menachem Tzvi ben R’ Chaim Yehoshua A”H.

The Bikur Cholim House
The Bikur Cholim House, located near the intersection of Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue in North York, houses three fully contained apartments for the use of those who are in town temporarily. For more information about availability at the Bikur Cholim House, please contact our office.


SHABBOS CANDLES


Lighting the Shabbos candles is one of the most cherished traditions in Judaism. Because of hospital safety regulations prohibiting open flames in hospitals, it is hard to carry out this tradition while in a hospital over Shabbos.

Bikur Cholim is committed to ensuring that hospital patients have the opportunity to observe this beloved ritual. We have specially designed electric Shabbos candles that can be used in any hospital or facility, and can be used in place of flame candles.

Community Services


DIAL-A-RIDE


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.


MEDICAL EQUIPMENT GEMACH


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.


MEDIA LIBRARY

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.


SUPPORT FOR HOMEBOUND

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.


SERVICES FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

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.


CLOTHING EXCHANGE


Bikur Cholim maintains an exchange for lightly worn women´s and children´s clothing. To find out more information about the exchange, or to donate clothing, please call the Bikur Cholim office.


FURNITURE EXCHANGE


Bikur Cholim facilitates an exchange for individuals who need or who wish to give away lightly used home furniture. For more information about this exchange, please call the Bikur Cholim offices.


FAMILY IN CRISIS


Bikur Cholim is committed to maintaining the stability of families in the community. Regardless of the crisis, Bikur Cholim will do all we can to help resolve it. If you or someone you know is experiencing a family crisis, please call our offices and have a member of our clinical staff schedule an intake.

Community Programming


SUNSHINE AND FRIENDSHIP CLUBS


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.


SINGLE MOTHERS SUPPORT GROUPS


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


BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

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


YOM TOV/HOLIDAY PROJECTS


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.

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