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 9:39 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 10:11 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 11:41 am