Gemilut Chasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness) Opportunities

We bring Torah to life as we live by Jewish values and traditions of tzedakah, building community, caring for one's neighbors, and helping to repair the world.

Tsedakah Family Guide from the Reconstructionist Movement

Ideas for places to give tzedakah

Throughout the year our Bet Am Shalom Social Action Chevra organizes tikkun olam (repairing the world) projects for our synagogue community.

Check out the links below for additional ways to do acts of chesed (kindness) on your own or with your family:

Donations of items:

Ways to Volunteer Your Time:

  • Areyvut enables Jewish youth to infuse their lives with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social action) so that they become thoughtful, giving members of the Jewish community of tomorrow.  Their website includes many meaningful ideas for Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
  • UJA-Federation has a directory of volunteer opportunities, including Give a Mitzvah-Do a Mitzvah for b'nai mitzvah students. 

Being Kind to Animals—Tzaar Baalei Chayim
New Rochelle Humane Society and Elmsford Animal Shelter provides shelter and care for animals. Volunteers needed. 

Caring for the Earth--Shomrei Adamah
Greenburgh Nature Center relies on the help of dedicated teen and adult volunteers for many aspects of the center's operations, including animal husbandry, trail maintenance, gardening, assistance at special events, and interaction with our many visitors.

Honoring the Elderly--Chiddur P'nei Zaken

  • Bronx Jewish Community Council boasts a wonderful volunteer program which encourages volunteers to participate in a wide range of activities to both meet their interests and benefit the individuals we serve.
  • DOROT works to improve the quality of life for elders and to bring the generations together in friendship.
  • Visit seniors at the Esplanade in White Plains, Schnurmacher Nursing Home in White Plains, or Willow Towers Assisted Living Residence in New Rochelle

Loving One's Neighbor--V'ahavta L'reyakha

Habitat for Humanity of Westchester invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to build houses with families in need. Habitat is currently working on two projects in White Plains, NY for which volunteers and sponsorships are needed.

The Miracle League of Westchester is a league for special needs children and adults that enables them to play baseball at a specially designed adaptive field. Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles.

Loving/Supporting Israel--Ahavat Yisrael
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces has mitzvah project ideas to support FIDF.

Visiting the Sick--Bikur Cholim


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