ABOUT US

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Who we are

40 years ago, a group of strong and like minded women had a vision to create a support system for the community. They began with services for families and individuals facing medical challenges. This has evolved into the organization of Bikur Cholim of Far Rockaway and the Five Towns.

Today, this organization has become a sisterhood of women who anticipate the various needs of this rapidly growing community and have developed various programs to address those needs. This includes but is not limited to paying medical bills, visiting the shut-in and elderly, delivering home cooked meals and stocking hospitality rooms throughout the local area hospitals. Various new and diverse programs have been added to accommodate evolving needs of the community. We are volunteer-based and are always welcoming new participants.

LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

Marilyn Wolowitz
Marilyn Wolowitz
President

Growing up in a house of ongoing chesed, the road was paved for me 40 years ago to join the Bikur Cholim organization of this community with all its chesed opportunities.

Tzippy David
Tzippy David
President

To be a link in the chain of Chassadim that my parents A’H did for others. Also, as hakaras hatov to Hashem for giving me clarity on how and when to help people in need.

Devora Reich
Devora Reich
Treasurer

I wanted to be part of this special group of women who devote their time and energy to the community. They continue to inspire me everyday.

Malky Josephy Wernick
Malky Josephy Wernick
Shiva Homes Coordinator

G’milas Chassadim is one of the mitzvos that touches so many Yiddish Neshamos.

Rikki Molinsky
Rikki Molinsky
Special Projects Coordinator

I have personally experienced the invaluable help Bikur Cholim FT &FR offers and I am grateful to have the opportunity to participate in perpetuating its meeting the needs of the community.

Sarah Liss
Sarah Liss
Recording Secretary

I am inspired by all of you ladies who have been doing chesed for so many years! I joined because I really enjoy helping people!

Esther Feigenbaum
Esther Feigenbaum
Brunch Coordinator

As an RN in the community, I saw Bikur Cholim responding to needs that were not otherwise available to our people.

Esther Ruzohorsky
Esther Ruzohorsky
President

I grew up in a home that saw Bikur Cholim being done on a daily basis and always wanted to emulate my parents’ home.

Harriet Weller
Harriet Weller
Medical Equipment Gemach

When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, but it changes the world.

Jeanette Baruch
Jeanette Baruch
Medical Equipment Gemach

My mother, Hinda Karmel, one of the founders of this branch of Bikur Cholim, believed that chesed (giving or getting) is vital to us as individuals and helps us thrive as a nation. I grew up in a home that saw Bikur Cholim being done on a daily basis and always wanted to emulate my parents’ home.

Malkie Daniel
Malkie Daniel
Director of Volunteers

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Reb. Batya Goodman
Reb. Batya Goodman
Financial Assistance Facilitator

I joined Bikur Cholim following my mother’s role model both in Columbia, South America and the US. I continued because I saw and continue to see how much we are needed and the happiness we bring to those we help.

Reb. Hindy Rubin
Reb. Hindy Rubin
Home Care Advisor

Kindness – it costs nothing but means everything

YOUNG LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

Bikur Cholim is excited to introduce the Young Leadership Committee. This was designed with the intention of capitalizing on the younger generation’s fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. We hope that with their new roles they will become part of the future of Bikur Cholim and help spur its growth.

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Daniella Wolfson
Director of the Young Leadership Committee
Program Director
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Growing up in a small Jewish town in South Africa, community service was an important part of my childhood. From an early age I had the opportunity to participate in weekly elderly care programs and Jewish youth projects, and I’m excited to build new innovative programs at Bikur Cholim for the five towns community.

Chavi Mandelbaum
Director of the Young Leadership Committee
Program Director
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I believe it's important to provide young women in the  community opportunities to utilize their skills and passions in the platform of BC and to bring a younger voice to the table. Most importantly, it is crucial to exemplify for our young children the concepts of giving and kindness as they are our future.

Rachelly Eisenberger
Social Media Marketing/PR
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Rachelly manages and creates posts for the Bikur Cholim 5T+FR instagram page by keeping the community in the know and updated about events and chessed opportunities. She also takes any inquiries or questions people have about volunteering or contributing to events.

Alanna Apfel
Mental Health Insurance Advocate
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Alanna will fight on patients’ behalf to obtain coverage and reimbursement for out of network mental health services.

Rebecca Berger
Newsletter Editor in Chief
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Rebecca is our in-house journalist that will keep our community current on recent events and BC news with a well curated monthly newsletter.

Sarah Eisenberger
Mental Health Counselor and Expert
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Sarah will provide a highly discounted rate for therapy primarily focused on mental health and anxiety behavioural coping skills.

OUR REGULAR VOLUNTEERS

Chana Loeb
Dalie Borenstein
Debora Rosner
Diana Safier
Ella Kurtz
Leah Sod
Malkah Hartman
Maya Rosenstock
Rivky Birnbaum
Sarale Einhorn
Shoshana Jacobowitz

RABBINICAL COUNCIL

Rabbi Tzvi Flaum
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Rabbi Tzvi Flaum was a talmid of Rabbi Yosef Ber Soloveitchik zt"l and, after obtaining his B.A. in Jewish History from Yeshiva University, he received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan.

Rabbi Uri Orlian
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Rabbi Uri Orlian has been serving as the Rabbi of the Shaarey Tefila Shul since fall 2020.

For the past 5 years he has taught Advanced Talmud in the Mechina Program at Yeshiva University.
Aside from his teaching, Rabbi Orlian also served as a Sgan Mashgiach.

Rabbi Ya'akov Trump
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Rabbi Ya’akov Trump serves as the Rabbi of the vibrant community of Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst.

It is his passion to share his passion for the Torah and its relevance in contemporary times.

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