Connection and compassion
At JF&CS, we aim to promote a healthier and more integrated community by providing spiritual care, comfort and support to members of Atlanta’s Jewish Community. Our Community Chaplain, Rabbi Judith Beiner, regularly visits Jewish patients at hospitals and other care facilities to provide spiritual support to individuals and their families in times of need. A group of dedicated Bikkur Cholim volunteers provide additional support to the community through their visits.
Providing direct support
Illness and increasing frailty often lead to isolation and disconnection from the Jewish community. The chaplain and Bikkur Cholim volunteers visit in hospitals, hospices, care facilities, prisons and on occasion in the home. These visits from JF&CS are often the only connection individuals might have with the wider Jewish community.
Rabbi Beiner communicates with local rabbis about their congregants in health care facilities, conducts indigent burials and provides emergency visits to members of the Jewish community in need. She provides information and referral for JF&CS, support and collaboration with JF&CS clinical staff and outreach to both the Jewish and general communities through trainings and presentations to chaplaincy students and professional staff at area health facilities.
Bikkur Cholim Volunteers
Looking for your next volunteer opportunity? Consider the mitzvah of bikkur cholim (visiting the sick). We are currently seeking volunteers to make friendly visits with unaffiliated Jewish elders in assisted/independent living facilities, and Jewish patients in area hospitals. Led by Rabbi Judith Beiner, Community Chaplain, volunteers provide a friendly and warm connection to the Jewish community. They receive training and ongoing support from the JF&CS Chaplaincy department to ensure a satisfying experience. Learn more here.
“It takes very little effort to share a smile , a story and say a prayer of healing to those in need. Performing these acts of loving kindness brings me personal joy and satisfaction” JF&CS Volunteer
“Why do I volunteer? It’s simple. I like to put smiles on people’s faces.” JF&CS Volunteer
All volunteers train with Rabbi Beiner prior to volunteering and continue to receive ongoing support throughout their activities with the Chaplaincy department. These dedicated volunteers are anintegral part of the Chaplaincy Program as they graciously fulfill the mitzvah of “bikkur cholim”, visiting the sick in the community. Volunteers are placed at four area hospitals and several assisted living facilities throughout the Atlanta area.
To become a Bikkur Cholim Volunteer, please visit…Learn more here.
Chaplaincy by the numbers:
In 2018, 12 volunteers and Rabbi Beiner have provided:
1462 hospital visits
518 care facility visits
10 Trainings for care facility staff and hospital chaplains
More about Rabbi Beiner:
Rabbi Beiner has a Rabbinic Ordination and Masters in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College in New York City. She holds a Master of Arts in Education from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.
If you or someone you know are in need of support from our Chaplain, please contact Rabbi Beiner at 770-677-9352 or firstname.lastname@example.org.