EVERY HELPING HAND MAKES A DIFFERENCE
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, helping students learn to read and write at the Stepstone Academy, 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.
Passover & Hametz Food Collections
Chesed is collecting non-perishable and non-expired food items. Kosher for Passover items will be distributed to needy Jewish families. Hametz items will be donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank as part of Harvest for Hunger. Food may be dropped o in the bins in Gross Atrium through Thursday, March 29.
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.
PROVIDING RIDES - PILOT PROGRAM
Through the efforts of the synagogue’s Inclusion Committee, arrangements have been made with JFSA to provide transportation to and from the synagogue for members who are unable to attend Shabbat morning services or daytime synagogue events due to transportation issues. This van service will be provided free of charge as a pilot project, funded through the generosity of the Joel Schwarz Memorial Chesed Fund, starting in November for six months.
If you or someone you know is interested in using this service, please contact executive director Jay Ross and provide your name, address and phone number. This initial contact is only to express interest, not to book specific dates of service. When our member list is finalized, we will coordinate with JFSA and members will be informed how to arrange rides. Members will call JFSA to schedule rides and not the synagogue office. Please note that the vans will accommodate walkers, but are unable to accommodate wheelchairs.
We look forward to implementing this transportation service and enabling our members to attend programs and services.
2017-2018 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
August – School Supplies for Stepstone
August 20 – KFP (Kosher Food Pantry)
September 10 – Federation Fall Cemetery Clean-up
September 17 - KFP
October 15 - KFP
October 29 – Super Sunday
November 8 – Transplant House
November 9 – Family Night Greater Cleveland Food Bank
November 19 – KFP
December – Stepstone – Holiday gifts/ Bellfaire Gift Giving
December 3 – Ronald McDonald house
January 10 – Transplant House
January 21 – KFP
February 13 – Assemble Mishloach Manot (Tuesday night Hebrew School)
February 18 – Deliver Mishloach Manot (Menorah Park)
MARCH – Collection: Harvest for Hunger (Chametz) – Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Kosher Food for Passover for the JFSA
March 8 – Greater Cleveland Food Bank
March 14 – Transplant House
March 18 – KFP
April 15 – KFP
May 9 – Transplant House
May 13 – The Race
We have adopted a kindergarten class at the newly created charter school Stepstone Academy.
We will follow this class to 8th grade and as a congregation help the students be successful in school and life as best we can.
COOKING AND 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.
Did you hear our volunteers speak on Volunteer Shabbat on May 20? Volunteers shared the meaning of community for B’nai Jeshurun. Click here for a link to hear all of our speakers. Help make B’nai Jeshurun a warm and caring community.