Hesed (Loving Kindness)
Hesed (Loving Kindness)
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
Mitzvot 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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?
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.
BE A HESED HAVER!
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.