Founded by Mrs. Liba Friedman and Mrs. Yehudis Muller in 1991, Bikur Cholim of
Lakewood was created to assist members of the Lakewood community going through
medical challenges. The founders set just one overriding goal: to help wherever help was
needed. Within a short time, the organization was providing free transportation to out-of-town medical appointments, kosher meals and food pantries in area hospitals, and a
selection of medical equipment available for loan.
Bikur Cholim of Lakewood now services most of the NJ area hospitals. It sees to the
physical and spiritual well-being of patients and their families with food pantries that are
restocked daily, as well as comfortable Shabbos accommodations for patients' families
directly across the street from Kimball Hospital. Another essential service is patient
advocacy, which helps families navigate the hospital system and ensures that patients
receive the most appropriate and best quality care available.
Though the Lakewood community has grown exponentially, the volunteers and staff of
Bikur Cholim of Lakewood maintain the organization's original objective: helping in any
way, and every way, they can.