Hesed (Loving Kindness)

Hesed (Lovingkindness)

We are your Beth El family, from our rabbis to the congregants to the staff. When facing a life cycle event, whether illness of a loved one, death of a family member, personal issues or joyous celebrations of wedding and new babies, we all can use the support of our community. Beth El is here for you, just let us know..

Our mission is to enhance and nurture the spirit of community within our growing congregation by addressing the emotional and/or special needs of all our congregants throughout their individual life cycle events.  Every Beth El member is a Hesed Haver and may be called upon to help celebrate, support and/or comfort others in need within our congregation. Our vision is to inspire and engage all Congregation Beth El households to participate in mitzvot of mutual support and loving kindness for the benefit of the entire congregation.

Programs & Community Links

servedinnerMitzvot and Food, Two Jewish Traditions If you get an email that says, "Congregation Beth El has invited you to join a Meal Train," don't delete it! This website is a way to organize meals for families facing a medical situation and can use some meal support. Mealtrain enables everyone to have the opportunity to participate in this great mitzvah and provides all the necessary information for making and delivering the meal. Visit www.mealtrain.org for more information. We also have a separate program to welcome new babies. If a new baby is born in your neighborhood you may receive a call from a Hesed volunteer asking you to prepare and deliver a Shabbat mitzvah meal to the family. To learn more about it contact hesed@cbe.org.

Pastoral Counseling If you are in need of spiritual guidance and/or comfort and healing, please email rabbi@cbe.org or rabbiavi@cbe.org to make an appointment or call 858-452-1734

Bereavement Support If you have recently lost a loved one, Beth El is here to support you. Please contact our rabbis. Our Beth El family can support you in a variety of ways from attending a local funeral and/or shiva minyanim, to meal assistance, to condolence cards and calls and daily minyan support throughout the year. Click here for a full guide to Conservative Jewish burial and mourning rituals and customs. We also have a number of pamphlets available in our reception area with information about how to deal with death and dying.

Mishaberach Healing Prayers To add you or a loved one to the list of names recited during Shabbat morning services, please contact rabbi@cbe.org or rabbiavi@cbe.org. For more information about Mishaberach prayers visit our Life Cycle page under Healing and Comfort.

Bikkur Holim (outreach to the sick and homebound) If you or someone you know is ill, recovering from surgery, or homebound and would like a visitor, please let us know so we can help by contacting us at   hesed@cbe.org.

Senior Engagement - under construction, what for upcoming programs.

Looking for a Job? JFS can help! The Jewish Employment Network has resources to help you find a job.

Need a Ride to Services?

Email us at dvinick@cbe.org. Also check out  On the Go , the JFS senior transportation program. 


Cancer Support

If you or someone you care about has cancer, visit our resource section in the library of the Beit Midrash. We have materials about resources in the community, books and information for someone facing cancer, and books and pamphlets to help adults and children cope after the diagnosis of a loved one. You can also  click here for support through Jewish Family Service  or  click here for Sharsheret, which helps Jewish women facing breast or ovarian cancer. 


Help us grow our Beth El community of lovingkindness.  Hesed Haverim help congregants by visiting those who are ill or homebound, making Shiva calls, attending a Minyan, sending a card, preparing a meal and so much more.  Whatever your talents, we always need more help.  For more info contact Pam Amundson, Hesed Chair at  Hesed@cbe.org  or call Dvora Vinick, Coordinator of Community and Israel Affairs, at the synagogue’s office - 858-452-1734.

 If you want to get involved with Bikkur Holim - visiting the sick - click on some of our suggestions to help make it a good visit:

Bikkur Holim Hesed Guidelines

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Fri, November 24 2017 6 Kislev 5778