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Studying the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim

At a ceremony held at Greenwich Hospital on Monday, May 11, seven women graduated from the Bikur Cholim Training Program sponsored by the Jewish Family Services of Greenwich (JFS) and Greenwich Hospital Spiritual Care Department. The graduates are now prepared to fulfill the mitzvah of bikur cholim – visiting the sick – bringing joy into the lives of Greenwich Hospital patients in need of a friendly smile, a kind word, and a reminder that they are cared about. Among those on hand for the ceremony were Rabbi Yossi Deren of Chabad of Greenwich, Rabbi Vicki Axe of Congregation Shir Ami, Judy Holding, Greenwich Hospital oncology chaplain, Joan Mann, spiritual care counselor at JFS, Lisa-Loraine Smith, JFS executive director, and Rabbi MJ Newman, Greenwich Hospital staff chaplain, who presented the graduates with diplomas.

CAP: At the Bikur Cholim graduation: (front row, l to r) Ellie Silber, Arlene Wexler, Victoria Markova; (middle row, l to r) Rita Edelston, Joan Mann, Alice Baron Delikat, Barbara Salop, Rabbi Axe; (back row, l to r) Rabbi Deren, Judy Holding, Rabbi Newman, Lisa Loraine Smith. Not pictured: Lisa Goldberg, JFS Jewish Health and Healing Center director, and program graduate Ellyn Wasserberger.

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