Frequently Asked Questions

For End User FAQ's, Click Here

Gabbai/Administrator FAQ's:
  1. What is Cholim List Manager© (CLM)?
  2. Who can benefit from CLM©?
  3. How do I register my shul?
  4. How do I ensure that only those with a connection to my shul will be allowed to add names to our list?
  5. How do I set my shul's minhagim (customs)?
  1. What is Cholim List Manager©?

    Cholim List Manager© is an effective tool that enables gabbaim to keep their list of cholim current on a weekly basis, by shifting the responsibility for doing so to the congregants who submit the names for inclusion. Each Friday (and erev Yom Tov), the Gabbai or shul administrator can print out an aggregate list of cholim submitted by all of the shul's congregants. This reduces or eliminates what is often a lengthy queue at the bimah. After the Gabbai has recited all of the names on the list, he can then accept additional names from those present.

  2. Who can benefit from CLM©?

    Cholim List Manager© will benefit any shul that says a centralized Misheberach. It's also great for Tehilim groups.

  3. How do I register my shul?

    If you are a Gabbai and you would like to register your Shul on Cholim List Manager, you first need to register to use the system as an end-user. When you sign up, do not select a Shul.

    Once you have completed the registration process and logged in, you will see a link in your Control Panel which says 'Register a Shul'.

    Select this link, and you will see a form which you can complete in order to register your Shul. The system administrator will contact you to confirm your registration. He will then add your Shul to the system, and upgrade your account to Gabbai status.

  4. How do I ensure that only those with a connection to my shul will be allowed to add names to our list?

    After your account is ugraded to Gabbai status, go to your Control Panel. In the "Your Shul" section, click on "update shul information". Under "Preferences", choose "yes" for "Approve user before their Cholim are added to list".

  5. How do I set my shul's minhagim (customs)?

    After your account is ugraded to Gabbai status, go to your Control Panel. In the "Your Shul" section, click on "update shul information". Under "Preferences", you can choose whether to generate one big list, or one for male cholim and another for femail cholim. You can also set the minimum level of severity-of-illness to include on the Shabbat list.

End User FAQ's:
  1. What is Cholim List Manager© (CLM)?
  2. Who can benefit from CLM©?
  3. What if my Shul isn't yet registered on this system?
  4. How do I enter a new Choleh?
  5. Why do I need to enter the severity of the choleh's illness?
  6. Can I enter names using the Hebrew alphabet?
  7. How long does a Choleh stay on the list?
  8. How do I keep track of my Cholim?
  9. What if I don't know the mother's name?
  10. How do I increase the size of text on this site?
  11. What is premium access?
  12. How do I report problems or make suggestions?
  1. What is Cholim List Manager©?

    Cholim List Manager© is a unique and effective way to keep track of and share names of cholim (individuals who are ill) for the Misheberach L'Cholim (prayer for the sick) that is recited on Shabbat and at other times during the week. Each congregant maintains his/her own list on a weekly basis.

    For shuls that say a centralized Misheberach (i.e. where the Gabbai recites all names), CLM is a great way to ensure that the list of cholim is always current. Each Friday (and erev Yom Tov), the Gabbai or shul administrator can print out an aggregate list of cholim submitted by all of the shul's congregants. This reduces or eliminates what is often a lengthy queue at the bimah. After the Gabbai has recited all of the names on the list, he can then accept additional names from those present. In order to accommodate various minhagim (customs), the Gabbai or administrator has the option of printing a single list of all cholim or separate lists for male and female cholim, respectively.

    For those whose shul says a communal Misheberach (i.e. where the Gabbai recites the Misheberach and each individual quietly inserts names of cholim at the appropriate point), and also for those who recite Tehillim (Psalms) on a regular basis, CLM© is a great tool not only for keeping track of your own personal cholim list but also for sharing choleh names with friends and family (the latter is a premium feature).

  2. Who can benefit from CLM©?

    Cholim List Manager© is for many people, including:

    a. Shuls that do a centralized Misheberach and want to save time as well as keep an as-current-as-possible cholim list.

    b. Individuals that say Tehillim on a regular basis for those who are ill.

    c. Individuals that, when the need arises, want to be able to spread the word to friends and family to daven for someone who is ill (this is a premium feature).

  3. What if my Shul isn't yet registered on this system?

    If your Shul is not yet registered, then on the signup page, choose "unaffiliated" in the drop-down menu. If/When your Shul later registers, you can go into your profile and update your choice of Shul. We invite you to tell your shul's Gabbai (or Rabbi) about Cholim List Manager©.

  4. How do I enter a new Choleh?

    To enter a new Choleh, go to the Cholim tab at the top of the page (this tab is visible upon logging in) and click on "Add a Choleh". From the drop-down box at the top, select whether the Choleh is "Jewish" or "Not Jewish". If you select "Not Jewish", the mother's name will automatically show as "Chava", since Chava (Eve) was the mother of all humanity, including non-Jews. Before entering a new choleh, in order to avoid duplication within your shul, please click on the link inside the light-blue box at the top of the add-a-choleh screen to see your shul's entire list. If the name you want to enter is already there, please do not re-enter it.

  5. Why do I need to enter the severity of the choleh's illness?

    There are varying opinions regarding whom one may daven (pray) for on Shabbat and Yom Tov, since we ordinarily do not "request" things in our tefillot on those days. Some halachic authorities hold by the stricter view, that we may only daven for one whose life is in imminent danger, since it's a matter of Pikuach Nefesh (saving a life). Others are more lenient and allow all cholim to be included in the Misheberach. If your Shul says a centralized Misheberach (i.e. where the Gabbai reads all names from a centralized list), the Gabbai or administrator can set a minimum level of severity for a choleh to be included in the printout for Shabbat or Yom Tov. Please consult your Rav or Gabbai to find out your shul's policy.

  6. Can I enter names using the Hebrew alphabet?

    Not yet (and yes, we do realize how that looks ;-). In order to get CLM© up and running quickly and on a shoestring budget, we needed to delay several features, including Hebrew input. This website was originally designed for The Washington Heights Congregation ("The Bridge Shul") and most, if not all, of our congregants write or type up their lists using English, so we felt it could wait. Implementing Hebrew input will be time consuming and expensive. If there is enough demand (and financial support) for it, we will include Hebrew text in a future update.

    In the interim, please spell out Hebrew names using the English Alphabet. If your Shul's practice is that the Gabbai recites all the names of cholim, please use the phonetic spelling to help your Gabbai with difficult-to-pronounce names.

  7. How long does a Choleh stay on the list?

    Each Choleh will stay on the list for up to 4 weeks unless manually renewed, deleted or archived before then. If the 4-week period ends on a day other than Sunday, the Choleh's name will remain on the list until the following Sunday.

  8. How do I keep track of my Cholim?

    Every Wednesday morning, the system will send you an automated email that contains a current list of your cholim. If applicable, the email will also contain a list of those Cholim that are slated to be removed in the next 7 days. Also, when a Choleh automatically drops off the list after 4 weeks, the system will send an automated email to give you the opportunity to renew him/her.

    When Yom Tov comes out during the week, the schedule of automated emails will adapt accordingly.

  9. What if I don't know the mother's name?

    If the Choleh is Jewish and you don't know his/her mother's name, leave the "mother's name" field blank. It will default to "Sarah" (Avraham's wife) who is the mother of all Jews. As mentioned above, if the Choleh is not Jewish, the mother's name will default to Chava regardless of whether you know the mother's name or not.

  10. How do I increase the size of text on this site?

    At the top of every page on the right-hand side of the blue border, there is a font size selector "AAA". Choose your desired font size by clicking on one of the letters.

  11. What is premium access?

    Premium access was originally intended as a fundraiser to cover the cost of running this website. However, the features connected with it turned out to be impractical, at least for the forseeable future. Please disregard any references to "your circle of friends", "your referrals" or "premium membership" in your control panel. We may re-institute these features when the site gains widespread use.

  12. How do I report problems or make suggestions?

    To report problems or make suggestions for improving this website, please click on the Forum tab above (after logging in to this website). The system SHOULD automatically log you in to the forum, but in case it doesn't, your username and password are the same as for the main CLM website.