Community Programs

Bikur Cholim

The roots of Bikur holim can be traced back to the Torah, when God visits Abraham after his circumcision (Genesis 18:1).

Bikur holim is mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud several times, in Tractate Nedarim 39a, 39b, and 40a. Nedarim 39a and 39b state that “[One must visit] even a hundred times a day” and that “He who visits a person who is ill takes away a sixtieth of his pain.” Nedarim 40a says that “anyone who visits the sick causes him to live

  • This program would consists of volunteer community members willing to visit those who have taken ill, or even strangers in the hospital if requested.

  • We work with the chaplains offices at both hospitals to coordinate contact information.

  • This need not be a religiously motivated visit, just sitting and visiting can mean the world to a person who is ill. 

  • If you are interested in volunteering or have someone who needs visitation, please contact us through the website or Facebook.

G'Milut Chesed Society

Shimon the Righteous was from the remnants of the Great Assembly. He would say, “On three things the world stands: on the Torah, on the service and on g’milut chasadim (acts of lovingkindness).” Pirkei Avot 1

 

  • This program consists of volunteers from our community who coordinate and update the Congregation’s media (Website and facebook masters) on current and upcoming opportunities to contribute or volunteer in the community. For more opportunities, please check our calendars.

  • This group also plan our annual “mitzvah day” Which is an opportunity to volunteer as a group representing Temple SHalom. Our Temple members are a very giving community and participate with other organizations regularly. As Jews however, it is important to give to the larger community as a community, as well as doing so as noted individuals.

  • If you are interested in volunteering with the G’mlut Chesed, or are interested in financially supporting this program, please reach out to Temple Shalom via the website, or on our Facebook Page. 

Chevrah Halakha

If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments, I will grant your rains in their season, so that the earth shall yield its produce and the trees of the field their fruit. Leviticus 26:3-4

  • Temple Shalom is committed to the growth of Jewry in Central Washington. Under consideration of recent events around the world, Temple Shalom has decided to institute a “Chevrah Halakha” or “Society of Jewish Law”.
  • This program is intended to provide common ritual items to those in the community who would like to incorporate these mitzvot into their lives but could not normally afford to do so. These items include but are not necessarily limited to;
    • mezuzot
    • tallitot
    • kippot
    • etc
  • For assistance, requests, or if you would like to donate to further purchases for the Chevrah Halakha at Temple Shalom, please contact us through our website or Facebook.