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Weinberg Service Initiative:

Volunteer Opportunities for Gemilut Hasadim, Acts of Loving Kindness

Below, we have provided ways to perform mitzvot while remaining within our spheres of safe social engagement. If you have questions about any of our Gemilut Hasadim activities, please contact Cheryl Snyderman,

Coming Up

Feed our First Responders
Monday, August 9
Monday, September 13

Helps us thank those who put their lives at risk to help save the lives of others. Our Gemilut Hasadim initiative will be providing home-cooked dinner for the staff and firefighters at Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department monthly. Contact Heller Kreshtool to contribute.

Safeguarding Baltimore’s Abused Children
Wednesday, August 11, 7 p.m. via Zoom

Please plan to join us for this informational Zoom session in preparation for our School Supply Drive August 16 through 22. Nicole Reed, Community Initiatives Coordinator and Policy Aid for the Center for Hope: Baltimore Child Abuse Center, will discuss the work the Center performs on behalf of children in abusive situations. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Please register in advance at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

School Supply Collection
Monday-Sunday, August 16-22

In preparation for the upcoming school year, we will be collecting school supplies for clients of the Center for Hope: Baltimore Child Abuse Center. All supplies should be new. Used binders and backpacks are acceptable as long as they are in excellent condition. Items can be dropped off inside the building Monday-Friday, August 16-20 or outside the entrance to the administrative lobby on Sunday, August 22 from 10 a.m. until noon.
Questions? Contact Ted Merwin or 717-439-4584.

Knitting Havurah
Wednesday, August 18

2-3:30 p.m.
We knit and crochet items for babies, patients with dementia or those receiving chemo, and Baltimore's homeless. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend! For more information, please contact Cheryl Snyderman. If you have unwanted yarn in your stash, we happily accept donations of yarn for our projects.

Caring for Yourself while Caring for a Loved One
Thursday, August 19, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Co-Sponsored by Jewish Community Services
A workshop for those providing care to a loved one. Caitlin Rife, LMSW and Community Based Clinician, Patient Care Connection for JCS, will facilitate this session which will focus on:
•    Dealing with fatigue
•    Caregiver bill of rights
•    Developing support for yourself and your loved one
•    Developing resilience
•    Having difficult discussions
No fee, however pre-registration is requested. To register or for more information, please contact Cheryl Snyderman, For those who are not able to make it to the building, please register in advance via Zoom at:  
After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

Express Your Artsy Side with the Hesed Committee
Monday, August 23, 7-8:30 p.m.

Our gathering in July was so much fun and very relaxing, as well as extremely productive. So we’re doing it again!!
All adults are invited to join us for an evening of socializing and creativity. Help us craft greeting cards that will be sent to Chizuk Amuno’s senior members by our Hesed volunteers. All supplies will be furnished and refreshments too. We can’t wait to see you in person! There is no charge to participate, however an RSVP would be appreciated for planning purposes,

Gemilut Hasadim Opening Meeting
Tuesday, August 24, 7 p.m.

The community is invited to join us at our kick-off meeting of the year and help us chart our course going forward. Please notify Cheryl Snyderman if you plan to attend.

Casseroles for Our Daily Bread
Thursday, August 26

In our continuing efforts to help care for the stranger – the mitzvah of v’ahavtem et hager – we will be preparing casseroles for Our Daily Bread. Follow this link to access recipes accepted by ODB. Casseroles will be collected at the Administrative entrance. Please notify Lily Massouda if you plan to contribute.

Yom Kippur Food Drive
Monday-Friday, September 13-17, Food Bins inside

Sunday, September 19, 10 a.m. – noon, outside of the Administrative Lobby entrance
Each year we fulfill the mandate from the prophet Isaiah, “Is this the kind of fast I desire? … It is sharing your bread with the hungry!” When we hear these words chanted on Yom Kippur we are cognizant that so many in our community are facing hunger. At Chizuk Amuno we strive to provide hundreds of pounds of food to local Baltimore agencies working with those who are food insecure.
This year’s Food Drive is in memory of Carl Love z”l. The food collected will benefit Weekend Backpacks which provides food for vulnerable, food-insecure children for when school is not in session. Carl was a homelessness liaison in Baltimore County and devoted his life to helping children.

A complete list of items needed by Weekend Backpacks can be found here below shortly.


Hesed Committee – a sub-committee of our Weinberg Initiative

The focus of this group will be to help address the needs of our congregants. Please help us chart our path by responding to this short survey online.


Members of our corps of friends – Haverim – each call a senior a few times per month to check in, catch-up, and stay connected. Would you like to be a Haver?

Greeting Cards

Our Goldsmith and Schechter students have been hard at work supplying us with unique cards to be sent to Chizuk Amuno seniors. If you enjoy writing uplifting, friendly messages, then this is the activity for you!

For questions or to sign up for the above activities, please e-mail or contact Cheryl Snyderman.

Record a Book for Our Preschoolers

Would you like to read a book to a preschool student? Simply record yourself reading a book appropriate for 2 to 5 year olds. Please make sure you are well-lit, your voice is being picked up, and that you leave enough time for taking in the pictures. Contact Melissa Brill,, for instructions on uploading your file.

Cleaning Out Your Drawers and Closets During Quarantine?

Here is a chance for you to perform the mitzvah of Malbish Arumim – providing clothes for the poor. Access a sample list (here – PDF) of agencies (our partners) who would be happy to receive a donation from you and give your old clothes a new life.  Before dropping items off, please call ahead to make sure they are currently accepting donations. Items should be clean and free of wear and tear.

Make and Donate Masks

These can be dropped off at grocery stores, medical facilities, and social service agencies. John Hopkins pattern, view here.

Stocking Up?

If going to the grocery store, call your neighbor to see if you can pick up items for them. Not only is this a help to your neighbor, but it lessens the number of people out and about, helping to reduce the risk of contamination.

How else can I help?

Many have asked, “How else can I help?” In addition to mental/physical health issues and financial disaster brought on by the pandemic, we have seen fire, water, and wind-related disasters across the country. If you would like to help by making a monetary donation, we guide you to Charity Navigator’s webpage, Hot Topics, which lists agencies that address COVID-19 and weather-related disasters as well as many other crises.

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