We welcome you and your family to continue to learn and pray with us each day in ways that we believe will elevate your search for meaning and deepen your faith.
We also invite you to keep in touch, reach out to us in times of need, and stay informed as we explore together the challenges and responses to COVID-19 through a Jewish lens.
Although our campus is temporarily closed, our community and all that we are able to offer at this time remain available and open to you in new and exciting ways. Some of our current offerings are listed below. May we all enjoy in peace, community, and good health!
At a recent minyan Rabbi Wechsler discussed a teaching from the Talmud about the acts we do which reap their rewards in this world and the next. It mentioned many mitzvot and acts of hesed (loving kindness). She remarked that the challenge before us was that so many mitzvot were either out of reach right now, or had to be done in entirely new ways. How do we visit the sick while at home? How do we extend hospitality when our doors must remain closed?
Below, we have provided ways to fulfill those mitzvot while remaining within our spheres of safe social engagement.
We’ll be vibrantly coloring fun graphics for Art with a Heart. The art is used to cover (decoupage) trash cans, which are sold at their HeARTwares retail store to raise funds for their programs. All you need are permanent markers, scissors to cut out each square, and the artwork which can be found here(PDF). Color each square differently, as brightly and creatively as possible. Patterns and line work are encouraged. White spaces, words, and symbols are a no-no. Completed art can be dropped off at or sent to the synagogue to the attention of Cheryl Snyderman. This project is for all ages and is ongoing.
Cleaning Out Your Drawers and Closets During Quarantine?
Here’s 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.
Prepare Casseroles to be Served at Our Daily Bread
These can be dropped off at grocery stores, medical facilities, and social service agencies. Hopkins pattern: (View here)
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 Halpern, email@example.com, for instructions on uploading your file.
Checking in With Our Elderly
Perform the mitzvah of Hidur P’Nay Zaken – Honoring the Elderly. Call your aunts and uncles, parents, grandparents, and older neighbors to help them feel connected to the world outside their doors. If you would like to call some of Chizuk Amuno’s seniors, please be in touch with Bob Hallock, firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Out Young Parents
Through Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts, etc., contact friends, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, and younger neighbors who have young children so you can read a book, tell a story, sing some songs, or play a game. Make posters for young neighbors to find in your windows.
Promote Care of the Environment – Shmirat Adamah
Recycle Teach everybody in your household the specifics about recycling. You can familiarize yourself with your county’s recycling dos and don’ts by visiting these web pages: Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County.
Compost Do you throw out your eggshells? How about putting them to good use! The number of people composting is increasing steadily – and for many good reasons. Less waste will be going to dumps and landfills. Less climate-change-inducing methane gas will be generated. Nutrient-rich soil will be created for use in your own yard and gardens. These links will give you more information about the benefits of composting, how to get started, and lists of resources to help ensure success: National Aquarium in Baltimore Maryland Department of the Environment U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Am Yisrael Chai!
Show your solidarity with the people of Israel. Send a message to a Lone Soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, a victim of terror, a Holocaust survivor, or an Israeli with special needs. Words of friendship, encouragement, support, and gratitude are always appreciated. Links for uploading messages can be found at https://israelforever.org/programs/lettersoffriendship/. Hand-written letters can be sent to Heidi Krizer Daroff, C/O The Israel Forever Foundation, 1146 Nineteenth Street, 5th Floor, Washington D.C. 20036
Bake dog treats for the BARCS animal shelter. E-mail Cheryl if you would like some recipes. Please freeze the treats so they can be delivered after the isolation. BARCS has also supplied directions for making cat toys at https://barcs.org/kids/. Also, Thankful Paws is in need of all pet-related coupons – particularly for wet or dry dog or cat food, dog and cat treats, and kitty litter. Coupons can be sent to Thankful Paws, P.O. Box 97, Perry Hall, Maryland 21128.
Using Crafts to Brighten a Day
Rely on your resourcefulness to create greeting cards for friends or family recuperating or struggling with feelings of isolation or to patients in rehab facilities. It just takes some imagination, paints or markers, heavy paper and envelopes, and a little ribbon, string, or yarn. For a primer on making your own cards, follow this link.
Speaking of Yarn
If you knit or crochet, we encourage you to support the efforts of our Knitting Havurah and Night Owl Knitters. They produce soft hats for chemo patients, scarves for Baltimore’s homeless, baby blankets for undeserved babies and those in NICU units, and twiddlemuffs for patients with dementia.
Save the Bay (And Your Neighborhood)
Going out for some fresh air and to stretch your legs? Do the earth a favor – put on some latex gloves and take a grocery store bag with you so you can collect debris while you’re taking a walk.
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.
Your Neighbor’s Dog
Is your elderly neighbor struggling to care for their dog? Help out by taking it for walks or playing ball with their furry friend.