We celebrate simchas together: From baby namings and brit milah to B’nai Mitzvahs, Auf-rufs and marriages. We come together to aid those who are in need: From counseling to comforting, from the Chevra Kadisha (holy society) to funerals and shiva minions. MJCBY is a family and tries to provide the level of assistance that each particular family wants or needs. We respect the fact that each particular family’s needs are different, and we try not to intrude when assistance is not wanted.
Most of the assistance with life cycle events comes through our clergy or office. However, two aspects of the life cycle assistance that we provide are worth mentioning here as they are led by lay leaders:
- Our Gmillut Chasadim Society provides assistance ranging from cooked meals to transportation to those who need such assistance. Contact the office and let the office know that you need assistance or ask for the name and contact information of the current chair of the society if you are in need of such assistance.
- Our Chevra Kadisha assists with the period of time from death to the funeral. In consultation and in conjunction with Rabbi Nesson, we provide counseling regarding the process from death through burial. When requested to do so, we provide shomrim (guards) to stay with the body of the deceased, as well as teams that will perform Tahara (ritual washing) in advance of the funeral. Contact the office if you need more information or would like to volunteer and the office can put you in touch with the name of the current Chair of the Chevra Kadisha.