Mitzvot Project / Tikkun Olam
Hillcrest Jewish Center is proud to have a very active commitment to doing acts of chessed. We hope that you, as a member our kehillah, will become involved in one or more of our many mitzvah projects.
Find wonderful ways in which you can give to others and, at the same time, feel a special sense of satisfaction. If you want any additional information about a particular project, you can call the project coordinator.
We hope that you will join us in service to others.
The Mitzvah Initiative Leaders
News From the Caring Circle
The Caring Circle has become part of the fabric of Hillcrest Jewish Center. At this time our Caring Circle has developed an awareness of the needs of many of our Hillcrest Jewish Center members. Volunteers provide a variety of services. Visiting members has always been an integral part of our focus. However, we are also sending notes to those Hillcrest members who are homebound. We are also making phone calls and we help with shopping and with transportation. We can also help connect members with a variety of social services, if needed. If you have any questions about our program, please contact the coordinators Nancy Rifkin or Carol Kantro.
Hakhnasat Orchim – Extending Hospitality
- Shabbat Greeters: people who stand at the door each Shabbat and greet people as they enter the sanctuary
- Home hospitality for out of town guests: Whether it’s a simcha or sadness, no one should feel that they can’t attend because they don’t have a place to stay. We will arrange for home hospitality.
K’vod Ha’Briyot – Honoring Human Beings
- Blood Drive - organizing our yearly blood drive
- Seder for the Disabled - Each year Hillcrest Jewish Center sponsors a seder for disabled adults and their care givers
Somech Noflim – Lifting Up the Fallen
- Willing Hearts, Helping Hands-relieving the stress and isolation of the care-givers of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease
Chesed Shel Emet – True Kindness
- Cemetery Cleanup - Several times a year Hillcrest members and others in the community work together to maintain Jewish cemeteries in the area
Malbish Arumim – Clothing the Naked
- Coat Drive - A yearly drive to collect coats for those who would otherwise face a cold winter without the proper garments
Bikur Holim – Visiting the Sick
- Caring Circle – Hillcrest members visit homebound members or those recuperating from illness, going the "extra mile" sometimes to run an errand or bring a little treat
- Visiting the Margaret Teitz Nursing Home – bringing companionship and a smile to those in a local nursing home
Patoach Tiftach – You Shall Open Your Hand
- Mitzvah Cooking – cooking and delivering a Shabbat meal about once every 5-6 months for those who are temporarily unable to do their own cooking
- Feeding the Hungry – collecting food for food pantries and enlisting volunteers to work in a local soup kitchen
- Project Linus - Creating blankets and other knitted items for newborns, children, and women in shelters
- The Abayudaya Project - to educate HJC members and others about the Jewish community in Uganda - the Abayudaya. They are a group of between 700 and 1000 who live in four villages in eastern Uganda. They are native Africans and are not Diaspora Jews
Nichum Avelim – Comforting the Mourners
- Nichum Avelim – Hillcrest members reach out to families facing loss, helping as we can in any way needed: delivering and picking up shiva benches and sidurim, making shiva visits, and bringing a token of friendship from the synagogue family
Ze Eli V’Anvehu – This is My God!
- Attending Minyan - Members commit to attending minyan a specific number of times per week
- World Wide Wrap - An annual event, sponsored by the Men's Club, encouraging and teaching us how to "wrap" Tefillin
Mishpacha - Taking Care of Our Family
- Leisure Club – Seniors in our community have a welcoming place to meet, socialize and share a hot meal once a week
- Shabbat Basket Deliveries to members of our shul – Flowers, challahs and wine are delivered to Hillcrest members, and sometimes non-members, who are in need a being remembered and to keep in touch and brighten their Shabbat
- College Outreach - sending packages of holiday foods and goodies to our college students prior to Hanukkah and Purim
- Refurbish the Mowshowitz Library – a long term project to refurbish the book, CD, and video collections as well as making the library a more attractive and accessible place. The is library open for business right after Shabbat services as well as during the week.
- Lamed Vavnicks - calls to HJC members prior to holidays to wish them La Shana Tovah
- Fun on Shabbat - family play time in the gym
- Emergency Preparedness Program - to help Hillcrest members prepare for any disaster with the right equipment, food, medical supplies, etc.
Ahavat Eretz Israel – Love of Israel
- Guarding the Good Name of Israel (and the Jewish People) – responding to defamations in the media and elsewhere
- Celebrate Israel Parade – working on and attending the parade