Hesed — Lovingkindness
Hesed is how we take care of each other. It is the safety net that catches us when we fall. It is phone calls before Shabbat, holiday visits to the homebound, and cooking for a shiva or a new baby. Hesed is our best Jewish selves caring for our community.
See the impact of our volunteers and their work.
For Ben and many others, the physical shepherding of the body and soul from life to death through the Hevra Kadisha is a way to express honor and dignity.
Learn more: https://staging.bj.org/death-and-mourning/#mourning
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Hesed at BJ: Ben Jablonski and Suzanne Schecter
March 15, 2023 10:39 am
And Miriam and Carl cherished their relationship with Dani, especially as Carl’s health suffered and she supported them throughout his illness. When Carl passed away, Dani continued to be a source of comfort for Miriam as she adjusted to the hardships of death and a change in lifestyle.
Shabbat Connections connects BJ members who are in need of community, and Dani has taken that purpose to heart. “No matter what kind of day I’m having, I pick up the phone and I call Miriam and I feel better…because I’m available to someone else.”
Learn more: bj.org/hesed
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Dani and Miriam's Story: How they found connection through the Hesed program
February 28, 2023 11:11 am
Our BJ Community Covenant also offers us the opportunity to build and sustain our community and its shared values by declaring them, and by entering into a covenant that reflects who we are and aspire to be.
BJ’s Hesed program offers one way in which BJ members can act upon their covenant. It is how we take care of each other: the safety net that catches us when we fall. It is phone calls before Shabbat, holiday visits to the homebound, and cooking for a shiva or a new baby.
Hesed is our best Jewish selves caring for our community.
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Hesed at BJ: Finding purpose in our community
February 16, 2023 12:41 pm
Let Your Community Support You
Being part of the BJ community means being supported in times of need—by the clergy, the staff, and your fellow members. Please don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are sick, injured, or alone—you can speak to one of our rabbis or to our DOROT social worker, Jane Blumenstein. If you are in need of volunteer support through one of our Hesed groups, contact Billie Di Stefano or see below for more information.
Hesed (Lovingkindness)—Committees & Resources
Express Interest in Volunteering
Jewish tradition teaches us to treasure each day, especially the moments of growth and transition in our lives. The community of B’nai Jeshurun considers it a privilege to mark and share important stages in a person’s life and support them in both sadness and joy. Our Hesed committees allow for volunteers to engage in gemilut hasadim, or acts of lovingkindness. For more information, please click on one of the groups above or explore the signup form to express interest.