Helping members when they need it most
When we share in each other’s joy and sadness, we become closer to one another, closer to our Kehillah community and closer to our spiritual traditions. This shared expression of lovingkindness is called Chesed. The Kehillah Lovingkindness Circle is a wonderful opportunity for all of our members to experience the blessings of Chesed. Whether it’s the arrival of a child, death of a loved one, injury, or illness, we are there for our members in their time of need by providing Chesed. Examples include:
● Donate a prepared meal
● Prepare meals for a member in need (or pick up a meal, no cooking skills required)
● A friendly visit to a sick or recovering member at home or in the hospital
● A kind phone call or card to a member to show that we, as a community, are here to support them and their family
● Delivering a meal
● A team of volunteers to set up and clean before and after Shiva.
Need Support During a life Event?
Contact Rabbi Jen to inform her when you have a major life event. Rabbi Jen will contact the Kehillah Lovingkindness Circle and you will get a call back from a Caring Coordinator. The Coordinator will ask for information to post on the Lotsahelpinghands online website, which we use to notify our Kehillah community about opportunities for Chesed.
Join Us. There’s always room for care.
All members of Kehillah are encouraged to join the Lovingkindness Circle. Think of our group as matchmakers. We match those in need with those who can help.
To be added to the Circle of Lovingkindness volunteer list, click the link provided https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/kehillah-synagogue.
You can also join the Circle of Lovingkindness when we get together. We get together four times a year, usually for a great potluck dinner and to look for ways to improve our mission – taking care of our community. Contact us to ask about joining or if you have questions: email@example.com
We coordinate volunteers when one of our members has a major life event such as a new baby, illness or death in the family. We use the website LotsaHelpingHands (LOTSA) to post Chesed tasks online. Sometimes one volunteer is needed. Sometimes a group of people is necessary to complete a variety of support.
Typical Chesed activities have included bringing a Shabbat meal, preparing meals for a member in need, friendly visits, kind phone calls with words of support, food for shiva, putting together a team to set up and clean up for a shiva.
The Lotsahelpinghands website enables us to fill needs efficiently. (Note: if the member requests privacy, the Coordinator can make calls or send emails to selected members within the congregation.)
Members will sign up on the Lotsahelpinghands website to get notified of Chesed opportunities and to sign up for a Chesed task. You can create your login password by clicking on this link: https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/625130/login/
If you have questions about Chesed opportunities or Kehillah Circle of Lovingkindness, as a recipient or as a volunteer, please contact the Kehillah office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members are encouraged to sign up on the Lotsahelpinghands website to get notified of Chesed opportunities and to sign up for a Chesed task. You can create your login password by clicking on this link: https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/625130/login/
If you have questions about Chesed or the Caring Committee, as a recipient or as a volunteer, please contact the Kehillah office at email@example.com.
Allergies and other preferences
Our goal is to make the mitzvah of Chesed easy and clear for both the giver and the recipient. We ask about allergy preferences and dietary needs. You’ll see the family’s selections on the LotsaHealingHands task request, such as: Vegetarian, Nut-free, Kosher, Lactose-free, Gluten-free, just to name a few. The Coordinator will have more information about these special types of meals.
When, Where and How?
We will also show the family’s request for the time of day for meal drop off and whether to leave the meal in a cooler on the porch, to ring the doorbell and calling or texting when you are on your way. We will also make sure that you have directions and the contact information just in case.
Having a new baby, a serious illness or injury, or a loss in the family is a hectic time. If you’re bringing a Chesed meal consider increase the mitzvah by bringing the meal in a recyclable container or foil pan that you don’t need back.
Have questions? Please email the Kehillah office.
When you are not sure what to make or bring, we have compiled some recipes and resources to inspire you. If you have recipes you would like to share, please let us know.
- Shiva Recipe Guide by Kelly Alexander https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xHROvEO09pqqjNJ_ZmmKFsln2FYmxzLi?usp=sharing
- Gluten Free Kosher Recipes https://www.kosher.com/recipes/gluten-free-recipes
- 7 Foods to bring to a shiva house https://forward.com/food/402661/top-7-foods-to-bring-to-a-shiva-house/
- Acts of Lovingkindness https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/acts-of-loving-kindness/
- Gemilut Hasadim (Caring for Others) https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/gemilut-hasadim-101/
Visiting the Sick:
- Visiting The Sick https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/visiting-the-sick-bikkur-holim/
- How To Visit The Sick https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/how-to-visit-the-sick-in-judaism/
- Shiva: What You Need To Know https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/shiva-what-you-need-to-know/
- When It’s OK To Say Nothing https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/when-its-ok-to-say-nothing/
- How To Make a Shiva Call https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/how-to-make-a-shiva-call/
- How To Be The Worlds Best Shiva Guest https://www.kveller.com/how-to-be-the-worlds-best-shiva-guest/?_ga=2.74640402.1885016053.1568240791-848397507.1562108154
Kehillah members are neighbors. No matter where they live.
Doing Chesed (acts of loving-kindness) is a lot like being a good neighbor. Join the Lovingkindness Circle volunteer list at https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/kehillah-synagogue so you can be a good neighbor for someone in their time of need.