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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feeling Isolated During COVID? Join Our Group!
On the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., Chizuk Amuno offers VIRTUAL SOCIAL GATHERINGS for those experiencing loneliness due to quarantining. Participants have the opportunity to provide friendship, advice, or support during this difficult time. A phone connection will be available for those not using a computer. The group is led by a facilitator. For questions or to register, please e-mail email@example.com or contact Cheryl Snyderman. The Zoom link or phone connection information will be sent to you. (Dates:, April 21, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 16)
Feed our First Responders
Mondays, May 10, and June 14
We will be providing home-cooked dinner for the staff and firefighters at Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department monthly. Contact Heller Kreshtool, firstname.lastname@example.org, to contribute.
Virtual Knitting Havurah
Wednesdays, April 21, May 19, June 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
If you knit or crochet, we encourage you to support the efforts of our Knitting Havurah, which produces 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. Right now, our supply of yarn is very low, so donations of yarn from your personal stash would be greatly appreciated.
Casseroles for Our Daily Bread
Thursdays, April 22, May 20, June 24, 12-1 p.m.
In our continuing efforts to help care for the stranger – the mitzvah of v’ahavtem et hager – we prepare casseroles for Our Daily Bread monthly. Follow this link to access recipes accepted by ODB. Casseroles will be collected at the Administrative entrance. For questions, please contact Lily Massouda, email@example.com if you plan to participate or would like to make alternate arrangements for dropping off your casserole(s)
Hesed Committee – a sub-committee of our Weinberg Initiative
The focus of this group will be to help address the needs of our congregants.
Our corps of buddies each call a senior a few times per month to check in, catch-up, and stay connected. Would you like to be a buddy?
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!
Still waiting to receive your COVID vaccination? let us know if you need help navigating the registration system.
For questions or to sign up for the above activities, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com, 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. Hopkins pattern: (View here)
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.
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.