On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Chaplain David Balto discusses the national Bikur Cholim conference being held by Kavod v'Nichum, which provides information, education, training, and technical assistance for bereavement committees and Chevrah Kadisha groups in synagogues and communities to support their organization and development, to enable them to perform Jewish funeral, burial, and mourning mitzvot, and to protect and shield bereaved families from exploitation.
Bikur cholim (Hebrew: ביקור חולים; “visiting the sick”; also transliterated Bikur Holim) refers to the mitzvah (Jewish religious commandment) to visit and extend aid to the sick.
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About the Guest
David Balto is a volunteer chaplain at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. and Western Correctional Insitution, Maryland's maximum security prison. He and his wife Naomi are actively involved in bikur cholim aith Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington and are co-sponsors of the Naional Bikur Cholim conference. David is also a volunteer for Ruach and a student in Aleph's program for spiritual direction.