Chaplaincy Stories

July 30, 2020

Tisha B’Av is an uncomfortable reminder of the destructive power of hatred

Tisha B’Av is an uncomfortable reminder of the destructive power of hatred

Tisha B’Av is an uncomfortable reminder of the destructive power of hatred and how in this time in history, we are in need of acts of love.

July 22, 2020

Chaplaincy Program Stays In Touch with Our Jewish Seniors

Chaplaincy Program Stays In Touch with Our Jewish Seniors

Our Bikkur Cholim Volunteers have become even more crucial in providing reassurance and hope that at some future time we will gather together in person!

July 03, 2020

The Statue of Liberty & The Ideal of Welcoming The Stranger

The Statue of Liberty & The Ideal of Welcoming The Stranger

May our Independence Day celebrations inspire us to learn and to act, and work towards the day when all Americans prosper with the promise of freedom.

May 27, 2020

Shavuot: Let kindness be our guide

Shavuot: Let kindness be our guide

The highest ideals of the Torah are played out in the book of Ruth, when the characters fulfill their legal and moral obligations under Torah law by caring for the needy in the community, seen in the established practice of gleaning whereby the poor pick up any remaining sheaves after the field has been harvested.

April 23, 2020

Counting Up

Counting Up

The period between Passover and Shavuot is called the Sefira. It refers to the practice of counting the Omer, an ancient Hebrew measure of grain, that was once offered up in the Temple.

April 05, 2020

A Passage to Strengthen the Spirit

A Passage to Strengthen the Spirit

We know for certain that we are in a marathon, and not a sprint, and that taking care of both our bodies and souls is vital for us all.

March 05, 2020

Purim Joy

Purim Joy

Purim is an opportunity to briefly set our worries and stress, our cares and sadness aside and immerse ourselves in joy. No matter our age, we each have the opportunity to become immersed in the reading and the rituals, the costumes and levity, and of course, nosh some hamantaschen.

February 26, 2020

Chaplaincy Volunteer Spotlight: Barry Starr

Chaplaincy Volunteer Spotlight: Barry Starr

Barry Starr has been volunteering with Bikkur Cholim for five years.

February 10, 2020

Tu B’Shvat:  Something for Everyone

Tu B’Shvat: Something for Everyone

If you are into history and ritual, Tu B’Shvat is for you. If are a passionate Zionist or environmentalist, Tu B’Shvat is for you as well.

June 21, 2019

Providing for the Burial Needs for All of Our Community

Providing for the Burial Needs for All of Our Community

In our Jewish tradition, the mitzvah of burying the dead is a great act of loving kindness, and a shared responsibility of the entire community.

April 18, 2019

Fill Your Table

Fill Your Table

Over the years, the numbers attending our seder had grown to the point that we’d moved out of the dining room into the living room. We’ve had as many as 30 people, which calls for rearranging furniture, lots of cooking and dishes to wash.

March 20, 2019

Purim:  It takes two… at least!

Purim: It takes two… at least!

This week, we celebrate the holiday of Purim. The festivities are grounded in the book of Esther, in which we read the tale of how the Jews of Persia overcame the villain, Haman, who sought to annihilate them.

February 04, 2019

Bikur Cholim

Bikur Cholim

Rabbi Judith R. Beiner JF&CS Community Chaplain

December 21, 2018

Spread a Little Jewish Sunshine – Visiting with Older Adults

Spread a Little Jewish Sunshine – Visiting with Older Adults

Written by Rabbi Judith Beiner