Antisemitism, Education, Events, Health, Health & Wellness, MBJCC

“Stop the Bleed” – Sunday, December 15 @ 2:00 p.m. @ Merrick Jewish Centre – FREE

Stop the Bleed

Over the last few years, we have seen synagogues and other houses of worship become the target of violent attacks by hate-filled extremists.   We need only think of the horrific shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh or at the Chabad in Poway, California to be reminded of this terrible reality.

As a community, we must do what we can to protect and preserve life.

A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is vitally important to quickly stop the blood loss. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.

The Stop the Bleed program teaches civilians the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in such an emergency situation, so they are able to provide immediate aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person.

Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.

On Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., the Merrick-Bellmore Jewish Community Council is sponsoring a FREE Stop the Bleed training at the Merrick Jewish Centre, located at 225 Fox Blvd in Merrick.

This FREE and CRUCIAL training lasts only one hour, and will be provided by certified  instructors from Nassau University Medical Center.    Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

To RSVP, please email:

Health & Wellness, Rituals, Spirituality

Experience the Magic of the Mikvah!

Did you know that the Merrick-Bellmore community has its own ritual bath, or Mikvah?  It is called Mikvah Mei Leah, and is open to all Jewish women regardless of background, affiliation, level of observance, or personal religious viewpoint – all are welcome!

Going to the Mikvah is a spiritual rebirth – a time to refocus on life and start anew.

Mikvah Mei Leah houses a lovely waiting room and two magnificent spa-like preparation rooms, with all the amenities. Each preparation room is equipped with a multi-directional shower and bathtub, where you can relax amidst soft music and scented candles. Amenities available to help with your preparations include luxurious towels and robes, a complete personal kit of toiletries, and a brand new pair of slippers.

There is a state-of-the-art intercom system that allows you to communicate directly with the Mikvah attendant. After you notify her, the attendant will escort you directly to the Mikvah from a door in your preparation room.

The Mikvah is a pristine miniature pool of warm water that lies beneath a mosaic of gold flowers and petals. It is meticulously cleaned through a natural oxidation process. After you descend and immerse once in the warm Mikvah waters, you recite a blessing and then immerse again. This is an opportune moment to pray for yourself and for all your loved ones. Handouts with specific prayers are available upon request.

Mikvah Mei Leah is located at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life at 2174 Hewlett Avenue (at the corner Benson Lane) in Merrick.  It has its own private entrance which can be found on the right, immediately upon entering the parking lot on Benson Lane.

The Mikvah is open by appointment only.  To make an appointment, call (516) 208-1318 or email: