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Chesed - Community Service

Looking for something to do some good to get you out of the doldrums of winter? Want to perform acts of love and kindness and help your community?
Join us for Chesed Week, where everyday you will have another opportunity to perform a mitzvah.  Chesed Week culminates with Chesed/Men’s Club Shabbat where we honor our first responders, and a live Comedy Hour Telethon with nationally recognized comics, to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank and the Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry and many food banks across the country.

Check out our CHESED WEEK WEBSITE PAGE for more information about the week and how YOU can get involved!

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Join your friends, your community, and Chesed and sign up for a project or two! There are many projects planned for the year Please contact Rachel Schwarz to sign up and get involved! Our active Chesed committee seeks to make a difference in our synagogue and in our community. There are so many ways to get involved: cooking and delivering meals to congregants in need, packing food at the Cleveland Foodbank, lending a hand at the Animal Rescue Village, helping students at E. Prep Village, volunteering at Super Sunday with the Cleveland Federation, and so much more.  We hope you will join us to make a difference in our community.

To make a donation to the Joel Schwarz Memorial Chesed Fund in support of the synagogue's Chesed activities, you can give online, mail a check payable to B'nai Jeshurun Congregation (note Chesed in the memo line) to the synagogue, or contact Paula Botkin at 216-831-6555 ext 132.

2021 Volunteer Opportunities During the Corona Virus

Reach Out to Our Members by Making a Phone Call

B’nai Jeshurun has been working very hard to connect with all of our members during this time of crisis.  Clergy, staff, BOT members and volunteers have been calling our members just to check in and we realize there are many people alone and being isolated from their friends and family during this time. Many of our volunteers have been making calls since March and this is an ongoing volunteer opportunity. If you have the time and would like to reach out to a few of our members, it would be very appreciated.  You would call the same names until we return to the synagogue. This would be a time to check in and see how they are doing. We will provide you with prompts for the phone calls, but this is simply a friendly call to bring in a little sunshine and company. If you would like to be a part of this, please email Nina Rosner or Lois Novikoff.

Health Gabbaim Needed 

For all future onsite synagogue events we are seeking volunteers to act as the health Gabbai; we want to have multiple volunteers available to handle what we hope is an increasing number of events over time. These volunteers will check visitor temperatures and ask health related questions for the safety of guests, clergy and staff. If you are interested in helping out at future events, such as b’nai mitzvah, baby namings and weddings, please contact Jay Ross. Thank you for your commitment in helping make future events safe and successful.

Zoom Moderators Needed

With all of our Zoom meetings, programs and services, we are requesting assistance to help moderate the Zoom activities. This is especially true for Friday night and Saturday morning services, as well as Minyan and special event programs. If you are technologically savvy, understand Zoom, and have the time to moderate one or more meetings per week (or as often as you can), please contact Shani Kadis for further information to join our Zoom Team. Thank you!

Sunshine Committee

The Sunshine Committee will be dedicated to bringing warmth, light and sustenance to those in our congregation who have difficulty coming to synagogue. Volunteers will visit members who are homebound and provide support and good cheer.  This committee is meant to increase our synagogue’s connection and bring “sunshine” to those who may feel less connected or in need.

The Sunshine Committee will be under the auspices of the Chesed Committee, adding another wonderful way we care for our congregants and the greater community. To learn more about the Sunshine Committee, contact chair, Robbie Schonfeld, Shani Kadis or Rabbi Rudin-Luria

Sunshine Committee Volunteers: Submit your visit reports electronically here.

Cooking & Meal Delivery

Did you know that CHESED prepares frozen meals that we deliver to our congregants when they need help; whether they are sick, taking care of family in the hospital or just going through a hard time?  B'nai Jeshurun is your family and we want to help.  We are looking for a few more volunteers who can be assigned one week during the year to deliver meals when needed.  For information about our delivery meal program or if you know someone who could use a nice cooked meal, contact Rachel Schwarz.




Tue, May 11 2021 29 Iyyar 5781