We create kehillah not only by performing acts of tikkun olam (repairing the world) but also through our commitment to providing a caring and welcoming atmosphere. Over one thousand BJ members volunteer every year using talents ranging from cooking meals to leading shiva minyanim, from strategic planning to visiting the sick. Our community is built on the involvement of these active volunteers and are a source of great pride. Members and non-members have an open invitation to support our community by volunteering.
Volunteering creates intimacy and builds friendships: it is the secret to making this large community feel like a tight-knit family.
Volunteer Committees and Programs
NEW! Sign up to be a Volunteer at Large. Want to help, but don’t know where to start? Join a team of volunteers willing to lend a hand wherever it’s needed. Help put away siddurim after services, greet a new member, or volunteer in the BJ office.
Tzedek – Social Action/Social Justice
Our tradition demands that each of us work to eliminate the occurrence and effects of poverty, to speak out against injustice, and to shape a more caring and just society and a more peaceful world. Social Action/Social Justice programs include working with the homeless, the hungry, and the disadvantaged in New York City.
- Cook for the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter or become a setup or sleepover volunteer
- Serve a lunchtime meal to guests who may need a little extra food or companionship with the Judith Bernstein Lunch Program
- Join Panim el Panim: BJ’s Community Organizing and Advocacy Initiative
- Read to elementary school children one morning a week
Please contact Larissa Wohl (x272) to get involved with BJ’s Tzedek work.
Creating a Sacred Space
- Welcome and greet at Kabbalat Shabbat, Saturday morning, or holiday services
- Welcome and greet at Saturday morning Kiddush
- Help put away our sacred ritual objects after services
- Welcome guests and those new to our community at services
- Help set up BJ’s weekly community Kiddush after Shabbat morning services
Please contact Rabbi Shuli Passow (x275) to help BJ create a sacred space.
- Visit/call someone who is ill or homebound as part of our Bikkur Holim (visiting the sick) and Shabbat Connections committees
- Make calls to members on birthdays and anniversaries
- Spoonful of Hesed: Make/deliver a meal for someone who is ill, had a baby or is in mourning
- Provide meals to parents right after a baby is born
- Offer support for mourners by participating in a shiva minyan, making phone calls, or other activities (Hevra Kedisha)
Please contact Billie Distefano (x264) to get involved with Hesed opportunities at BJ.
Supporting the Community
- Welcome someone new in the community by having coffee
- Solicit Kol Nidre pledges
- Work on the spring fundraising event
- Host a Shabbat dinner or lunch
Please contact Rabbi Shuli Passow (x275) to find out how you can support the BJ community.