Independent Jewish Synagogue in Asheville, NC

Message from Chesed Committee

A Message from CBI’s Chesed Committee

When CBI’s Chesed Team responds to a request from a CBI member, it’s often
operating in the background. But we want to make sure that every CBI member is
aware of how to request assistance as well as how to respond to those requests. In
2023, our most common activities were providing rides to doctor appointments,
providing meals, sending cards, and recognizing special events, such as holidays,
conversions, special birthdays and anniversaries, and births. In addition, we are
available to run errands, make calls, and help ensure a shivah minyan.
Many CBI members have already volunteered to be contacted when we receive a
request for one of these activities. If you would like to be added to our lists, please
contact chesed@bethisraelnc.org and tell us what you would like to help with. You can
put your name on as many lists as you would like. When a call comes in for a specific
request, we contact the people on that list and see who is available to help. No one is
expected to be available every time a request is sent out.
You can also help by letting us know when you or someone you know could benefit from
some help from Chesed. It’s difficult sometimes to ask for assistance, but all requests
are handled as confidentially and sensitively as possible. We can’t respond if we don’t
know what is needed, and we don’t want anyone to feel overlooked. CBI members are
inspirational in their rapid and conscientious responses. To request something for either
yourself or someone else, please email chesed@bethisraelnc.org or
admin@bethisraelnc.org. Or you can call the CBI office.
Jewish communities have a rich history of taking care of each other. The Babylonian
Talmud teaches us that All Jews are responsible one for another (Shevuot 39a).
The work done by anyone connected to Chesed is incredibly helpful and important. Be
part of this effort to support this tradition.