An 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.