Chesed – Kindness Commitee
Chesed or "Acts of Loving-Kindness" is not considered tzedakah; it is said to be a higher deed than tzedakah because it is the giving of one's self. When we give tzedakah we can only hope it goes to the greatest good and we never know the effects it may have, but kindness instantly affects an individual and the world. Together we provide for the needs of members of our community during difficult times in their lives.
Bikur Cholim (support during illnesss)
If you are someone who likes to “do” for others, you may be interested in joining the efforts of the Chesed Committee. The Chesed, or “kindness,” committee is the heart of the TBS community, engaging in acts of caring and compassion to comfort and support members of our Temple Beth Sholom family in their time of need.
The Bikur Cholim arm of the committee reaches out to our Temple family members who are homebound, elderly, or recovering from surgery or illness. It may involve making a one-time phone call just to check in on a person, or it might develop into a weekly Shabbat Shalom call each Friday or even a budding friendship. We offer to deliver a meal, come for a friendly visit, or run an errand.
The Chesed committee’s efforts also touch those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. During this difficult time, members of the shiva coordinating arm of the committee, if needed, can assist in preparing the home for shiva, meal delivery, and errands, and remain in touch as a support network after shiva has ended.
We look forward to welcoming you to our incredible Chesed team!
Shiva visits and support, telephone outreach
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Temple Beth Sholom family when you need us, so that we can be there for you. Call us at 516-621-2288 or email us at email@example.com
If you are would like to get involved in helping us spread g’milut chasadim, “acts of loving-kindness,” please contact the Chesed committee through the synagogue office.
In Case Of An Emergency
Partners in Caring
Synagogues and Social Services
Functioning as the social services arm of our synagogue, PIC affords TBS members direct and immediate access to a wide variety of supportive services, including:
• Support Groups
• Counseling Services
• Family Issues
• Cancer Support Services
• Information and Referrals
Partners in Caring is a UJA-Federation of NY-funded, collaborative alliance of eight local area synagogues (including Temple Beth Sholom) and the Jack Nadel Social Services department of Sid Jacobson JCC. Through PIC, members of our community synagogues who may be faced with critical emotional challenges in their lives have direct and immediate access to the finest professional, supportive care on Long Island, rendered in a uniquely compassionate and thorough manner. Our staff of social workers serves as both direct service providers and as valued advisors to our partnership synagogues’ professional staff including the Rabbis, Education Directors and Youth Directors. Guided by a unique Partners Advisory Council, PIC has conceived, planned and implemented a wide variety of support groups and community-wide educational programs.
Be sure to visit our on-line Resource Directory.
PIC Warmline for support, information and referrals: 516-484-1545 ext. 196
"Turning inspired Jewish communities into compassionate ones."
Roberta Leiner, Managing Director, UJA-Federation's Caring Commission