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How It All Started

The origins of Satmar Bikur Cholim goes back to the early 1950’s in New York.

Back then Satmar was a hatchling community of Holocaust survivors, who have lost everything and everyone they had, and came to the united states in order to start from scratch gathering around their Rabbi, an Auschwitz survivor himself, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, OBM who gave for his followers the support and hope to start their life once again without letting go of the Jewish tradition they had before the war.

The wife of the grand Rabbi, Rebbitzen Alte Feiga, OBM was also serving as a mother for the community helping all women and girls in need.

As part of these effort to support this growing community, the Bikur Cholim organization was founded, at the home of one of the members, Mrs Kahana. Her home kitchen transformed into a place which helped out those in need, taking the traditional term of Bikur Cholim that stood for visiting a sick person to become a world-renowned empire of Chessed.


With the ambition to help whoever needs help, the Rebbetzin and her partner Mrs. Kahana cooked, packed and traveled to the hospitals around NYC and made sure that Cholai Yisroel get nursing healing kosher food.

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As the time passed, more people joined Satmar Bikur Cholim and the organization started also servicing the yet forgotten part, the families of the patients which struggled between taking care of the sick family member, spending long periods of time away from home, without much options for kosher food, let alone eating warm Shabbos meals.

Satmar Bikur Cholim took the help for families as their top goal, and started offering dedicated 24/7 rooms that are fully stacked with food and recreational material, all these while growing out of the little home kitchen into a state-of-the-art commercial grade 1500 sq foot kitchen, and a full staff to handle the food preparation and distribution.

Of course, sticking to the spirit of the founder, all services are offered free of charge, and no, you don’t need to be a member of the Satmar community in order to benefit from the services.

Is there another Satmar Bikur Cholim?


There are a few Satmar organizations of Bikur Cholim in different areas, like in Boro Park and upstate NY, we are "Ladies Bikur Cholim D'Satmar", a registered nonprofit organization, located in Williamsburg on 545 Bedford ave. and we are not affiliated to any PO Box addresses. Our phone number is 718-387-7749.  We are the only organization to operate kosher lounge rooms and cook and serve Heimishe kosher food in the Manhattan hospitals. Your generous support goes directly towards the kitchen and operating expenses, allowing us to continue to bring the taste of home for those in difficult times.

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