Shivah Volunteers Needed
Shivah used to be rather automatic. Family members stepped up and everyone knew to coordinate with the grieving family. Not everyone here has Jewish people or Jewish practice. People are busier and live farther from family. That is why we, as Shir Tikvah family, need to offer our support to those that are grieving. In order to provide this holy and loving duty we need volunteers.
Our goal is to take all the pressure off of the mourning family so they can feel unencumbered at this time and receive condolences from those attending. Our function as shivah volunteers involves getting to the shivah 30 minutes before it starts, which is typically 6:30 PM. We help to set up seating and get a table ready for food that is brought in by guests. We guide arriving guests and pass out the prayer books that the clergy bring. The service lasts for 15-25 minutes and then the family receives condolences from their friends and family. We help to keep the table stocked with food and drink and when it is over we clean up. The entire time spent is usually about 2 hours.
I find, volunteering for shivahs to be personally enormously rewarding. It’s gratifying to see the impact that our small efforts have on these grieving families. This is a time of vulnerability and sadness for the family and the simple gesture of helping is so appreciated. The family needs to be allowed to grieve and not have to worry about answering the door, preparing food, setting up and cleaning up after the shivah. It is a small amount of time spent to help those in need of support and loving care.
If you are able to volunteer occasionally when a shivah arises or would like more information about what it entails please contact one of us. We would welcome all.
Thank you,Michael Bahr, Caroline Schultz, Ray Anschel
The Gendler Grapevine Project
In honor of the Shmita year, and as part of our ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, the Shir Tikvah Climate Minyan has applied for and received a $10,000 Gendler Grapevine Grant to transform our grounds into a model of sustainable land use. Projects will include; replacing lawn with pollinator friendly native plantings, expanding our vegetable garden, planting fruit trees, hosting bee hives, and putting in rain gardens.
Help us create our Gan Tikvah-Garden of Hope. We invite members to participate in the mitzvah of transforming our grounds! Sign up for 1 or more two-hour shifts over the summer. This is a perfect family activity for parents and children, ages 12 and up. No prior experience required, just a willingness to sweat and get a bit dirty.
Can't work in the garden? Donate to the Tikkun Olam Working Group Fund (Social Justice) in support of the project - $10,000 more is needed to complete the plan.
Email your interest to Climate Minyan Co-Chair, Zoe Nicholie: firstname.lastname@example.org
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