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- Lists contact information including hospitals, hotels, and restaurants in Jewish communities around the globe.
Services and Programs in Times of Illness
- A patient advocacy organization. Call for help with hospital concerns not being addressed, or to request guidance on making your hospital stay as short and safe as possible. Upon availability, a volunteer will stay with the patient and advocate for him/her in the emergency room, until the patient's loved one arrives. Assistance available for most NYC hospitals. Contact: 877-9 REFUAH (877-973-3824).
- Creating a network of support and prayers for the sick and injured. Patients or family can create personalized blogs. Visitors can send well-wishes and sign up to pray for a specific person at a specific time. Site also alerts patients as to who is praying for them. A search option also allows patients experiencing the same illness to network with each other. And online resources for patients and those who wish to help them.
- Each bi-weekly issue of "Halachically Speaking" both reviews a different area of contemporary Jewish Law with its practical applications, and reviews a timely health related topic. Available for free this can be shared by visitor and visitee. To subscribe, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization for young Jewish women and their families confronting breast cancer. Our mission is to offer a community of support to women, of all Jewish backgrounds, diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources. (866) 474-2774.
- VitalOne's mission is to provide urgent relief and crisis intervention in difficult situations, and to save lives. We respond immediately, by mobilizing all resources necessary to assist people in need. We arrange emergency medical transfers, search and rescue missions, and we help bring the deceased to a timely burial. With contacts at hospitals and air ambulance services worldwide, VitalOne can secure emergency air transportation for the critically ill, anywhere.
- Healing articles related to illness, wellness and life by Jay Litvin (obh).
- Lists information and referral services of community chesed organizations and social service agencies.
- A worldwide database to locate an Orthodox Minyan/prayer service.
- Website of the Medical Referral Associates. Lists the Bikur Cholim organizations associated with each particular hospital in the five boroughs, Long Island and certain upstate New York cities.
- Lists various bikur cholim services in many countries including US cities, and provides an extensive links section.
- An online service for the recital of Psalms on behalf of those who are ill.
- The website of the Rita J. Kaplan Jewish Connections Programs of the Jewish Board of Family and Childrens Services in NYC is the home of the Bikur Cholim Coordinating Council.
- Our sister program, The National Center for Jewish Healing, helps individuals and communities better meet the spiritual needs of Jews living with illness, loss and other significant life challenges.
- Our sister program, The Shira Ruskay Center: Jewish Family Consultation on Care Near Lifes End, assists seriously ill patients, their families and loved ones through consultation, education, counseling and information and referral. Consultation and training is available for professionals and lay leaders as well.
For Older Adults
- The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers site for finding a geriatric care manager.
- DOROTs offers a compilation of frequently called agencies in NYC relating to seniors, with contact information. Also provides information and referral and other services for seniors.
- The Jewish Association for Services for the Aged provides social, recreational, health, cultural and educational programs for older persons. Also provides information and referral.
- The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty listing of NY Jewish Community Councils. Local JCCs can provide information and concrete assistance with a variety of issues relating to poverty and aging.
- NYC Department for the Aging provides information and resources for NYC seniors.
- "What Do I Do Now?" is a resource guide for caregivers of Elders in Brooklyn. Contains practical guidance for caregivers anywhere.
- The website of Chai Lifeline details the many types of support to children, families, and communities available, during serious illness.
- Soaringwords offers an online support network for sick children and their families.
Organizing, Education and Volunteer Development
- Resource for empowerment through Jewish values. Also, links to organizations with volunteer opportunities.
- An accredited education program providing training in pastoral education.
- Resource information for organizations with a Chevra Kadisha committee and those interested in forming one.
- A Jewish online learning course on the mitzvah of bikur cholim.
- Lotsa Helping Hands is a simple, immediate way for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to assist loved ones in need. It's an easy-to-use, private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers, where everyone can pitch in with meals delivery, rides, and other tasks necessary for life to run smoothly during times of medical crisis, end-of-life caring, or family caregiver exhaustion.
- An example of a synagogue bikur cholim program. Presents synagogue members, and web surfers, a succinct guide for making bikur cholim visits.
- A non-profit organization offering inspirational material, including short, true, vignettes to encourage people to do acts of kindness.
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