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Chesed - Community Service

CHESED at B'nai Jeshurun

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, 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 or mail a check payable to B'nai Jeshurun Congregation (note Chesed in the memo line) to the synagogue.

Rachel Schwarz - Chair
Lois Novikoff & Nina Rosner - Buddy Chairs


CHESED 100 Acts of Kindness in memory of Rabbi Stanley Schachterז''ל

Our CHESED committee is honoring the memory of Rabbi Stanley Schachterז"ל  by completing 100 mitzvot 
(acts of kindness). This can be anytime you volunteer such as giving tzedakah, reading Torah, 
visiting a sick friend, helping usher, setting-up kiddush, delivering a meal, 
attending a shiva, or taking part in a CHESED program, 
there are so many ways you can do a mitzvah. 
We ask that you simply take a minute to submit what you did by clicking the button below!
We will document our progress, so everyone can see how our CHESED committee and YOU reach this goal together. 
(All names being submitted will be kept anonymous.)
Let's do this for Rabbi Stanley Schachterז!
Let's do this to make a difference!
Let's do this to be kind!

(Click button below)



Check back often for NEW dates being added to the calendar! We look forward to volunteering with you and making a difference in our synagogue and community!

August - School Supply Collection for E Prep & Village Preps Cliff Campus. We will be collecting supplies through September 2.  NEW supplies can be dropped off during synagogue hours in our front atrium or at our Welcome Back BBQ/ Shabbat Rocks! on September 2.
Please see the list of supplies they have requested.

September/October - High Holiday Food Drive
During the High Holidays, we ask each family to bring in one grocery bag of non-perishable food. Everything collected will be donated to JFSA. Please make sure everything is kosher and not expired. Collection bins are located in Gross Atrium. Everything will be delivered on October 19.

November - Operation Warm-Up
We will be partnering with NCJW for OperationWarm-Up; a community-wide collection of winter clothing items for those in need. We will have a bin located in our Gross Atrium where you can drop off new or gently used items.
This year, they are only asking for hats, gloves, scarves and mittens.

September 11 - Volunteer at the Kosher Food Pantry
September 18 - Fall Cemetery Clean-Up with the Federation
November 3 - Volunteer at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank
November 11 - Volunteer at the Kosher Food Pantry
January 15 - Volunteer at the Kosher Food Pantry
March 12 - Volunteer at the Kosher Food Pantry

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, January 31 2023 9 Shevat 5783