Hesed - Caring for Our Community
“You have been told what is good and what God requires of you, namely, to act justly, to love kindness (Hesed), and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
At Temple Aliyah we worship together, we learn together, we celebrate together, and we offer comfort and support to each other during life’s more challenging times. By reaching out to those in our community who are dealing with an illness or injury, bereaving the loss of a loved one or coping with an unexpected setback, we are fulfilling commandments of the Torah and insuring that our Kehillah is offering the type of support to our members that is fundamental to who we are. Gimilut Hasidim, acts of loving kindness, are expressed in sharing simchas and sorrows within our congregation and it takes a commitment from the entire community to make this happen.
The Hesed group provides help in many small ways. We take meals to families in mourning during shiva, provide rides for those unable to drive themselves, help with shopping and other chores, and lend a caring ear to those who just need someone to listen.
In addition, our Hesed knitters create “caring shawls” and lap blankets for members of the Temple Aliyah congregation who are battling serious illness or are in recovery. For those receiving these knitted creations, there is comfort in the warmth and ruach (spirit) in the shawl or blanket. Our volunteers also knit baby blankets that are contributed to Children’s Hospital and to the elderly in the Ukraine. If you are interested in joining this wonderful group of knitters, please contact Carol Pankin.
Some of life’s events are easy to share, while others are more difficult to discuss. If you know of someone in our community who could use a little extra support or assistance, please let us know by calling the synagogue office or emailing the Hesed Committee.
The Hesed Committee relies on our group of very dedicated and compassionate Hesed Volunteers. We encourage you to join our growing number of volunteers who can bring a meal, provide a ride, visit the sick, make a phone call, or in any way provide comfort to another congregant by contacting Sara Shapiro or Nancy Magier to join the group.
The Hesed Committee appreciates your donations to the Temple’s Community Caring Fund which supports our activities, including providing Shabbat meals for those sitting shiva and supplies for our Hesed Knitters and Hesed Chefs.