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.
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.
It’s a perfect time to go through closets, shelves, and drawers to collect clothing, books, and accessories ready for a new home. By the time we are all mobile again, inventories will be low and agencies will be thrilled to receive your donations. Children’s clothing (newborn to 5T, extra diapers, and equipment) can be donated to ShareBaby, 1792 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211. Gently used books for grades K through 4 can be donated to Reading Partners. We partner with several agencies for our adult clothing drives. For a complete list of agencies that accept donated clothing or donate books, please e-mail Cheryl Snyderman, email@example.com
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 sets of note cards to be given to seniors for their own use. It just takes some imagination, paints or markers, heavy paper and envelopes, and a little ribbon, string, or yarn. Blank note-cards and matching envelopes can be ordered online if you don’t have them already.
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.