Chesed Committee
Shaarei Tefillah’s Chesed Committee strives to provide member families with aid and support in times of need, including death and bereavement, births, and Bikur Cholim.
Some examples of the chesed committee’s services include the following:
Death and Bereavement

Services include sending out notification to shul members of death and information regarding shiva on our the shul’s e-mail list. The committee also, together with the gabbaim, organizes shiva minyanim and provides shiva chairs and other supplies. The committee tries to address the needs of the bereaved family giving special consideration to each and every unique situation. The general policy is to provide a complete seudat havraah, the meal for the family immediately following a funeral, a dinner meal every day of shiva and Shabbat meals during or immediately following shiva. When shiva takes place out of town, the committee attempts to send a meal through certified kosher caterers or restaurants.

The Chesed committee is delighted to be able to help members ease into new parenthood by providing assistance in whatever ways are needed. Hospital or home visitations, phone calls, child care and play dates can all be arranged. In addition, meals for the first Shabbat at home, and an additional week of dinners according to the schedule and needs of the new parents, are happily provided.
Bikur Cholim

Services will depend on the individual situation, but we generally try to provide hospital or home visitation, meals, shopping and errand running, transportation, and arrangement of child care where necessary.
Chesed Fund
The Chesed Fund was established several years ago (separate from the shul’s regular Tzedakah Fund) for the primary purpose of addressing the needs of the community above and beyond the Chesed committee’s allotted budget. The fund provides money for anonymous donations, provision of supplies and meals, etc. Donations to the Chesed Fund are always welcome. A personally designed note will be sent by the coordinator to announce the donation in honor, memory, or appreciation of chesed activities.