ONGOING TZEDAKAH VOLUNTEER
Adults and children needed to help the elderly
with a cheering visit. Some of our Shorashim parents and children
have volunteered and enjoyed the experience; they are looking
to expand their numbers.
China Coast Community is a care and attention residence for English
speaking elderly persons of any nationality that don't fit into
other government programs.
Volunteers may assist in the following areas: General visiting
of the Elderly residents, one to one visiting of the residents,
assist on outings held every two months, assist with regular activities
such as Bingo, Afternoon Teas. No prior experience necessary.
China Coast Community Centre, 63 Cumberland
Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon,
Click here to contact the
UJC office for more information.
THE UJC NEEDS YOU!
VOLUNTEER TO BE A UJC GREETER
The UJC is establishing a Greeter Corps, a group of volunteers
to welcome and assist both members and visitors at services and
other events. Our aim is to make sure that newcomers and veterans
alike feel the warmth of The UJC whenever they come to shul. Being
part of Greeter Corps is a great way to fulfill the mitzvah of
Hachnasat Orchim, of hospitality and welcoming.
If you have the right stuff -- if you love the UJC and want to
share that love with others, then email the
UJC office to volunteer. Once we have a pool of volunteers,
we will schedule a brief training session. Watch Shabbat Shalom
Welcoming the stranger is greater than receiving the Divine
Talmud, Shabbat 127a
While the word "tzedakah" is most commonly translated
into English as "charity", the word actually comes from
the Hebrew word meaning "justice" or "righteousness"
In chapter 19 of the Book of Leviticus it says that "When
you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the
way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your
harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the
fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor
and the stranger." In Judaism, it is believed that God is
the owner of all things and that an owner of a field is only its
temporary guardian or steward of the land and the goods which
it produces and that in this passage, God requires the steward
to give a portion of what he has been given charge of to those
in need. What's more, in this passage, the food is left for the
needy to gather in dignity that which God gives to them rather
than requiring the poor to beg for what the owner of the field
will decide to give them. For this reason, giving anonymously
to an unknown recipient is considered to be the second highest
form of tzedakah.
Thus the Jewish concept of tzedakah differs from the English understanding
of the word charity, in that while charity is given when the philanthropist
is able and emotionally or otherwise moved to do so, tzedakah
is an obligation given by God to all Jews regardless of financial
standing or willingness to give, although giving willingly is
certainly considered better than giving unwillingly. A poor man
is not absolved from giving tzedakah. Tzedakah is considered one
of three acts, along with teshuvah and tefilah, that gain forgiveness
of sin and the annulment of bad decrees. (Wikipedia)
More programs will be listed on this
page soon. Until then please contact any one of our committee
heads (volunteers themselves).
They need you and will happily welcome you into our warm and inclusive
'family' of volunteers.
here to find them.
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