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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.
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.