Our organized Jewish community does an admirable job of reaching out to hospitalized patients and homebound ones through their established Caring Committees. A friendly call can go a long way when you are not functioning 100%. The rabbis remind us that it is helpful to let the congregational rabbi know if someone is in the hospital or needs a reassurance call, because privacy laws limit information that hospitals can release on patient information.
So what do you do if you hear that someone is sick, has been hospitalized, or is homebound? First, let us know and we’ll send Jewish penicillin Mitzvah Ball Soup. You can also call to say hello and that you are thinking about them. Offer to bring something simple -- share a sandwich, bring a cup of coffee and a newspaper. It doesn't take much effort, but it really makes a difference to someone else and will be remembered as a true mitzvah!