Thanks to everyone who responded so generously to our toy drive!  Chai Lifeline picked up 3 bins of toys to give out to sick children in the hospital.

2014 toy drive full bins

toy drive van

Chesed is defined as kindness or good deeds.  The Chesed committee is concerned with involving the Bay Ridge Jewish Center in acts of kindness related to our own membership, the Jewish community and the community as a whole.

IMG_1252-1One of our principal concerns is the homebound elderly in our congregation.  We provide meals during  several Jewish holidays during the year.  This project also involves young families and their children who often bring the meals and visit with the elderly.  We have also had the opportunity to work at soup kitchens and give out meals to the hungry.  We also have started a program, and have run workshops on Bikur Cholim, visiting the sick.  The goal of Bikur Cholim is to provide visitors on a regular basis to homebound or ill members of the congregation.