Volunteer Opportunities

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 SchultzRay Anschel

Garden Volunteers Needed

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.

Email your interest to Climate Minyan Co-Chair, Zoe Nicholie: nicholiezoe01@gmail.com

Additional Volunteer Opportunities
There are so many ways to get involved at Shir Tikvah! Whether you have an extra hour or more to share. Here are just a few NEW options:

Calling all knitters!  Families Together, the therapeutic preschool for children living in "deep poverty" that Shir Tikvah helps support, needs 60 sets of hats and mittens for their 3 and 4 year olds for next winter.  I know some of last year's knitters have been working on this through the winter, which is just wonderful.  If you are interested in joining this project, please contact Judy Reisman at reism001@gmail.com for patterns and directions. No meetings required!

  • Distributing food at Green Central Community School for The Sheridan Project
  • Delivering blankets, food and clothing to Simpson House 
  • Kitchen Scrub-Down - don your rubber gloves and help us get the kitchen in spic n' span shape. An hour of your time would be tremendous! 
  • Bake for Onegs
  • Oneg Set up
  • Get the sanctuary ready for services (aka shammas)

To learn more about these and other available options, or to discuss your particular areas of interest and how those can best be utilized, contact Sara.

Also Check out the ongoing Committees of Shir Tikvah for more opportunities,

Crisis Nursery: Cook for Kids

Open Arms: Thanksgiving deliveries

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