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, email@example.com.
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 the quarantine over the last ten months. Participants will 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cheryl Snyderman at 410-486-6400, ext. 300. The Zoom link or phone connection information will be sent to you. (Dates: March 3 and 17, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 16)
Sunday, March 7, 9 a.m.
Perform the mitzvah of shmirat adamah, protecting the earth, by cleaning a segment of Greenspring Avenue. All are welcome and it’s a great family activity. Co-sponsored by Chizuk Amuno Brotherhood. To volunteer, call Irwin Golob, 410-560-7422.
Feed Our First Responders
Monday, March 8
We will be providing home-cooked dinner for the staff and firefighters at Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department once per month. If you would like to prepare an entrée or side-dish, please be in touch with Heller Kreshtool, email@example.com. The drop off of menu items will be from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. on March 8 at the Chapel entrance. If you cannot make it during that time, please contact Maxine Seidman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Knitting Havurah
Wednesday, March 17, 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
Thursday, March 18, 12-1 p.m.
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. For questions, please contact Lily Massouda, email@example.com.
The Challenges Asylees Face
Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Tiffany Nelms, executive director of Asylee Women Enterprise (A.W.E.) will discuss the challenges asylum-seekers face and the work that A.W.E. does to help them through the process. This program is being offered in preparation for our March 21 Food Drive.
Pre-Passover Food Drive to Benefit A.W.E.
Sunday, March 21, 10 a.m.-noon
Please drop off your sealed food at the Administrative entrance. A complete list can be found at this link. Questions? Contact Shelley Hendler, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check that expirations dates have not passed. The Asylee Women Enterprise has identified a very specific wish-list, which includes: rice, pasta, oil, flour (corn, yucca, wheat), sugar, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, peanut butter, sardines, tuna, canned chicken, cereal, oatmeal, beans (dry and canned), baby food, baby teething biscuits, full-sized toiletries, hairbrushes, baby wipes, diapers and pull ups (especially diapers size 4-6 and wipes).
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..
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 or send a caring greeting card, please be in touch with Rena Lapidus, email@example.com or Jodi Moskowitz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.