CBOI is committed to enhancing and enriching our community near and far. The synagogue purchased affordable senior housing and units for physically disabled residents to its Greenwood Avenue campus in Trenton, NJ. CBOI has also supported affordable housing for families throughout the city.
Our confirmation class has assisted with an after school program for children at a low income apartment complex in Trenton. Community outreach in general is part of the Confirmation Class curriculum and the mitzvah projects of our B’nai Mitzvah students. All of our Religious School students contribute tzedakah. A group of students from each grade decides where the collections will be sent each month. We also have a number of teens who are involved in the Jewish Community Youth Foundation.
We maintain a connection with Greenwood House, which used to be our Greenwood Avenue neighbor. Now located in Ewing, Greenwood House provides skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living to the Jewish elderly. Our Religious School students enjoy visiting and participating in programs with residents.
Our Social Action Committee regularly collects food, clothing, bicycles, school supplies, books and other items for communities in our area, Israel and other countries. We also have a paper recycling collection in the synagogue parking lot.
In many cases, our community involvement is personal. We can take a fundraising walk that directly affects a few synagogue families and turn it into a whole congregational effort. In 2013, Members of CBOI were instrumental in the formation of a support group in Newtown for the Jewish Recovery Community – committed to overcoming addiction and recognizing the fact that families in our community are affected by drug and alcohol abuse.
We would love to have you join us in an ongoing role with our Social Action/Chesed Committee or with many other opportunities to help others.
CHESED – COMMUNITY SERVICE
Social Action/Caring (Chesed) – Provides opportunities for the congregation to meet social service needs in the community and provide care and support within the synagogue community. We are currently looking for leadership
Social Action subcommittee – Identifies and implements projects for the support of the larger community, both Jewish and secular. Selects a range of projects which may appeal to different segments of the CBOI membership and presents many and varied opportunities to do mitzvah projects. Provides potential project suggestions to B’nai Mitzvah students for the performance of their mitzvah project and/or coordinates with those students.
CARING (CHESED) SUBCOMMITTEE
Assesses the needs and desires of the congregation related to providing organized support during times of illness, loss of a family member, addition of a new family member or other significant lifecycle event. Dependent upon feedback from the congregation as a whole, support may include, but is not limited to: providing meals for families recovering from illness, attending shiva to represent the congregation, providing one-on-one grief support, and reading to congregants recovering from illness. We could occasionally provide other services on an as-needed basis. Note: this committee is not yet formed and the description will be refined once the desire of the congregation is assessed.