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about Bikur Cholim

Helping. Healing. Caring.

For centuries, Bikur Cholim organizations have been an essential component of Jewish community life. While visiting the sick has always been at the core of these organizations, their activities were generally expanded to accomplish the shared goal of alleviating the suffering of others.

The heart and soul of Bikur Cholim of Toronto is its dedicated team of more than seven hundred remarkable, selfless volunteers. For more than seventy years, it has served as the conduit for countless, compassionate deeds.

Bikur Cholim of Toronto is proud to be a part of the international Bikur Cholim movement. It remains committed to faithfully serving the Toronto community with care, compassion, and generosity, while upholding timeless Jewish traditions and values.

A C.R.A Registered Charity (133048645RR0001)

services we provide

Halachic power of attorney

To protect patients who are in a grave state and unable to communicate their wishes or values, Rabbonim have prepared a “Halachic Power of Attorney.” This document, designed specifically for patients in Canada, empowers individuals to make their wishes known in advance, and ensures that their wishes will be respected, regardless of their ability to communicate.


Bikur Cholim is committed to preventing and alleviating the potential isolation and loneliness of hospital stays. Our trained volunteer force regularly supports hospital patients from admission to discharge and beyond.


Every day, approximately fifty meals, catering to specific requests and dietary needs, are prepared in Yenta’s Kitchen. Dedicated volunteers deliver these C.O.R certified meals to hospitals and homes. The wholesome meals, conveying caring and compassion, are a highlight of the day to those receiving them.

Kosher pantries

Bikur Cholim maintains kosher pantries in most of the local hospitals. Non-perishable food items and provisions to help patients and family members in the hospital over Shabbos, are available around the clock. For pantry locations, Download Directions and Maps.

Family in crisis

If you or someone you know is experiencing a family or medical crisis, please call our office at 416-783-7983.

Dial a ride

Bikur Cholim’s Dial-a-Ride’s Service provides transportation to and from medical appointments. In addition to our volunteer drivers, a wheelchair-accessible bus enables patients to be comfortably transported to and from medical appointments. The bus has been generously donated in memory of Mrs. Lily Gartner a”h, ,לאה בת אברהם ע"ה by the Sigler, Jacobowitz and Seidenfeld families.


Accomodations near hospitals are available for family members wishing to be near their loved ones or for patients who need to receive treatment over Shabbos.

Yom Tov programs

Bikur Cholim ensures that members of the community will have a true Yom Tov experience. From beautiful Seder Plates for Pessach to custom made, hospital-safe menorahs for Chanukah, Bikur Cholim keeps these special days a source of joy for hospitalized and homebound patients.

Senior services

Bikur Cholim supports seniors and connects them to the Jewish community. Our activities on behalf of seniors include cooking and delivering home-made meals, friendly visitation, and weekly programming. Click here for more information.

Medical equipment

Bikur Cholim maintains a gemach for free lending of medical equipment. Our inventory includes wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, bathroom equipment, and more.

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506 Coldstream Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
M6B 2K6
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