On Shabbat and Yom Tov, at the Torah reading, prayers are offered for the sick and ill. The names of specific individuals are mentioned by name, and we ask God to heal them. Traditionally, congregants whisper names to the clergy, and they repeat the names as part of the prayer service called Mi Shebeirach.
In effort to make our Mi Shebeirach system more efficient, we have instituted these guidelines:
1. Names should be submitted via our website before 2:00pm on Friday, Erev Shabbat.
2. Names will be kept on our list for up to one month.
3. If, for some reason, it wasn't possible to submit names in advance online, the clergy leading the service will still accept names in the traditional method.
Ideally we need the sick person's Hebrew name and mother's Hebrew name. If you don't know the Hebrew names, enter whatever you know. We have instituted the minhag (custom) that if you do not know the person's mother's name and she was Jewish, we use Sara (as she is considered to be the mother of the Jewish people) and if the person's mother was not Jewish, we use Chava (as she is considered to be the mother of all people).