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Hessed: Caring Community

Through Hessed we:

  • Comfort members when they have lost a family member (Bereavement)

* Make Contact Before the Funeral.

* Bring comforting items to the family, with or without a visit.

* Deliver honey to all members who have experienced a bereavement in the last year (Honey for the Holidays).

  • Check in with members when they are ill (Bikkur Cholim)

                                         *Bring comforting items to those who are ill at home.

                                        * Knit cozy wraps for those with long-term or serious illness.

                                            * Provide a meal to support members in challenging times.

                                        * Engage in special projects for individual needs.

If you are a Temple Israel member and you need help, or you know of someone else in need, please contact the Temple office (781-784-3986) to inform Rabbi Fish or Rabbi Silverman about the situation.

For more information or to volunteer, please email

We provide 2-3 open training sessions each year and personalized training as needed.

A simple act of Hessed reverberates for the good.
Caring is a community-wide effort and we actively seek congregants to help us reach our goals. Need to contact someone at Hessed? Please send a note to

From our Hessed Resource Library: 
Jewish Family and Children Service of Greater Boston cares for individuals and families by providing exceptional human service and health care programs, guided by Jewish traditions of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community. 

Thu, January 21 2021 8 Shevat 5781