Hesed Committee


HESED: Caring For Our Community

Hesed Committee
Adas Israel invites anyone interested in creating a caring community to become involved in the many activities of the Hesed Committee.  The committee focuses on Acts of Loving Kindness to help meet life challenges among our members.  Hesed is a vital part of building community at Adas.  One day you might be helping someone in our community.  The next day you might need help yourself and the community is there for you.  Hesed provides both the joy of giving and receiving. If you have any questions please contact Hesed Committee Chairperson, Rae Grad (rgrad@comcast.net).

Hesed Mission

Olam Hesed Yibaneh – Adas Israel Hesed Committee Mission Statement

The Hesed Committee at Adas Israel is committed to fostering a caring, compassionate, and support giving community.  Our sacred obligation is to help identify, understand, reach out to, and lovingly support community members in moments of joy, pain, and/or grief.

In this way, we’ll not only pursue fulfilling the immediate supportive needs of Adas members, but also simultaneously build a sustainable community-web of loving kindness that touches all centers and corners of the community.  

Acts of Loving Kindness
Building on our vision of creating a caring community at Adas Israel, the Hesed Committee is a collaborative effort of our clergy, staff and volunteers to reach out to Adas members who are alone, convalescing and/or infirm or newly arrived.   Our goal is to ensure that all members of our community have an opportunity to have regular, friendly and personal contact with fellow congregants.  The resulting relationships enrich the entire community.

Hesed Learning
Hesed Committee volunteers will meet periodically with Rabbi Holtzblatt and others on our clergy team to learn more about the mitzvah of gemilut hasadim (giving of loving kindness), and Torah lessons to underscore the importance of this work.  The Torah has a lot to say about this topic.  At these learning sessions, volunteers can discuss their experiences connecting with other congregants and to create fellowship among themselves.   From time to time, guest speakers are invited to address the group on different topics. 


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Guided by our clergy team, our Hesed volunteers have many ways to become involved in Hesed activities.  There is something for everyone.  You can help as little or as much as your schedule allows.  There is an activity for YOU.  Sign up now!

If you share your bread with the hungry,
And relieve the afflicted soul –
Then shall your light rise in the darkness
Ad you shall raise up the foundations of many generations.

Isaiah, 58:7.


Hesed In The News!

Delicious Acts of Kindness Build Community by Susan Barocas
Jewish Food Experience

Hesed Teams

Hesed Visits Team

The Hesed Visit Team enhances the lives of elderly, homebound or ill members of the Adas community by creating a stronger connection to the community through regular visits.  This simple expression of caring through conversation benefit both those who visit and those who are visited.  The visits can be a one-time activity or on-going depending upon the what is needed. 
Hesed Visit Team Co-Chairs: Betsy Strauss and Ari Strauss.


Hesed Meals Team

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The Hesed Meals Team provides meals to members who may be recuperating from surgery or a short-term illness.  Meals are coordinated through the Meal Train website which outlines meal delivery times and food preferences. Volunteers who prefer not to cook the food but still want to provide a meal can do so by purchasing a catered meal that can be delivered to the member. 
Hesed Meals Team Co-Chairs: Janet Scribner and Edna Povich.

Hesed Phone Team

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Got a phone and have a few minutes to spare? Want to make a big difference in helping build and sustain community? With a few minutes and your phone, you can make someone alone feel connected.  Here's how…join the Adas Israel Phone Team and help make a weekly erev Shabbat telephone call to a homebound member to let them know, they are remembered.  Individuals who are called are extremely grateful to be contacted. 
Phone Team Co-Chairs: Kathie Hoppe and Harriet Isack.


Hesed Baskets Team

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The Hesed Baskets team provides Adas members with a caring and welcoming surprise basket for special life moments.   Join us in delivering gift bags of goodies to families celebrating the birth of new babies and to welcome those who have recently become members of our community. We hope to expand our reach in the future to other types of recipients.  Please share your creativity and generosity with us by joining our team. 
Hesed Basket Team Co-Chairs: Michael Fingerhut and Sharon Polansky.

Families with Young Children

The Hesed Young Families team contacts families who are experiencing lifecycle events by organizing meals, visits and general support.  The network of families with young children at Adas is growing and their support for each other is remarkable.   The future leadership of Adas will be in good hands! 
Hesed Young Families Team Co-Chairs: Susan Klein and Julia Schulman.


Hesed Committee Cooking Team

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Sunday, December 3 @ 1:30 – 3:30pm Register Here 
Registration limited to 20 people

Come cook for a cause! Can’t tell the difference between a ladle and a knaidel? Don’t worry! No cooking experience is required. The food that is prepared will be used for hesed (loving kindness) activities such as visiting ill or housebound members, those in mourning, helping parents of newborns, and welcoming new members. The recipes we will make at each of the sessions will be kosher pareve or dairy. In addition to focusing on this effort as an act of hesed, each cooking event incorporates kavanah (intention) and Torah learning with one of our rabbis.

Join fellow Adas members along with Hesed Chair Rae Grad and cooking team co-leaders Susan Barocas and Kristen Carvalho for our cooking events. Volunteers are asked to be at least 16 years of age.

We welcome all levels of cooks to help with Hesed cooking projects! If the sign-up list is full, please email Kristen to add your name to the wait list. Because of the planning and food purchase involved, we ask that you sign up only if you are as sure as possible that you can participate. It is also helpful when you let us know in advance if you signed up, but are unable to attend because of unforeseen circumstances.

Link with Social Action Council

On occasion, as with a prior Bone Marrow Drive, the Hesed Committee and the Social Action Council will work together on a project.   The Adas Social Action Council is involved in a variety of interesting and important community service and social justice activities.  You can find more information about SAC here.