Mekimi Volunteers Travel To Baltimore To Cheer Up Local Patient

Mekimi meilich and fried_wmAn ill member of our community currently bedridden in the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore was visited by a talented crew of Mekimi members this past week. Three dedicated Lakewood volunteers, R’ Elimelech Rubin (Director), Shlomie Ruzinski and  Tzvi Saks made the time-consuming journey from New Jersey to Maryland to lift his spirits with lively singing, dancing and magic tricks. As the volunteers completed their visit, they were approached by an African American gentleman who introduced himself as the hospital’s Director of Security. He told them that the Nurses Station had notified him upon the volunteer’s arrival, unsure of what exactly Mekimi was. He immediately went upstairs to the hospital room to check out the situation himself and was amazed at how the Mekimi volunteers entertained the patient in such a beautiful, refined and joyous way. “In all my years at this hospital, I have never seen people as dedicated as you guys were to cheering up that sick patient,” he told them.
The Director of Security then handed the volunteer’s his business card and said he would very much appreciate if Mekimi would establish a weekly entertainment show at John Hopkins Hospital to benefit all the hospital’s Jewish patients. 

Photos were not taken due to patient confidentialty and hospital policy.

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  1. Wow. What a kiddush hashem. I’m surprised Baltimore hasn’t come up with this chessed themselves. Leave it to Lakewood to show them the way. Keep up the good work Mekimi.

  2. Elimelech, you are the greatest, cheerer upper we have. You give up your own work time to do chesed, that’s amazing. What a role model you are.

  3. I saw mekimi perfoming once at jersey shore med center for a kid and they really know how to cheer up sick peoples. i hope ill never need them but its good to know that theyre around!!

  4. Mekimi Rocks I have seen you guys around town cheering up ppl and wow amazing how orginized you are. I dont know him personally but I hear that Rabbi Eli Rubin Gets all the credit.

  5. Im a patient at home stuck in bed and Shlomie Ruzinski visits me every day and sits with me and keeps me company. I thank hashem everyday for sending me this angel who calls himself Shlomie Ruzinski

  6. “As the volunteers completed their visit, they were approached by an African American gentleman who introduced himself as the hospital’s Director of Security.”

    Patronize much?

  7. Just a note of thanks to Mekimi for being there for Lakewood’s cholim. Whenever there is an entertainment issue for local patients, Mekimi is always there. A special yashar koach to R’ Eli Rubin for running such a superb organization. May you see continued success!

  8. everyone is mistaken mikemi dose not do much home visits cheering up any more as u can ask any patients so when ever they do something they make a very big deal about it there is this wonderful organization misameach of lakewood which dose numerous house cheer up calls besides going to rwj regurlay so let them stop posting big articles and pics every time they do something the times u see them in the news are just about the only times they do any thing

  9. Response to # 25: Before you start bashing a choshuve organization like Mekimi, why not brush up on your spelling skills so you can sound half-intelligent?

  10. Mi kaamcha yisroel! Its amazing how many fabulous chesed organziations lakewood has. Just goes to show you that when your living in a town thats kuloi torah, good things happen.

  11. i thought the misameach group started because mekimi didnt allow bochurim as members, only married men (just like hatzolah, lcsw shomrim doesnt etc.). but i thought they both got along because it was a mutual understanding…

  12. Apparently, mekimi threw all the single guys out (because the rabbonim asked them to because they sometimes visit women in hospitals), so they then made their own breakway organization.

  13. wow wow they did something if the org would post evrytime they did something the site would crash keep up the good work once every few months a call

  14. Single bochurim dont belong in organizations, they belong in yeshiva! While misameach volunteers obviously mean well, they should leave these things alone and let other older and more experienced family people deal with this.

  15. Mekimi of lakewood’s kosher dvd library is the best thing for our children who re in need. Thank You Rabbi Elimelech Rubin for directing such a wonderful orginization.

  16. to #38 “common sense” its a shame u have none
    not all boys are cut out to learn a whole day- involvement in chesed is a great way to keep them off the streets

  17. yes bochurim should be invlolved in chesed, but not in delicate situations such as mekimi visits with seriously ill people, women and familys. tomchei shabbos needs help packing boxes every month, let the single guys from misameach be busy with that.

  18. I was in chop hospital when mekimi was there 4 a jewish boy & when they where done they went 2 a non jewish kid on that floor & entertained him to & made a huge kiddush hashem!!!

  19. mekimi does great work, i know from firsthand experience! from what i hear most mekimi guys are married and the 2 or 3 single guys can only go along w a married guy. and dont forget, mekimi also throws a major bbq concert every summer together with chai lifleline for ALL of lakewoods cholim! thank you mekimi!

  20. Actually, mekimi has about 40 members… and if you look on the main mekimi website, youll see that NY and NJ mekimis are affiliated. Please dont spread false information about a solid organization like mekimi, just to further your own agenda.

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