Beth Shalom Reaches Out to the Community

Chesed • LechemSocial ActionCommunity Service Opportunities


Chesed is Hebrew for loving kindness. The Beth Shalom Chesed Committee performs activities to recognize and help congregants and their families during a time of need. Chesed initiatives include:
  • Delivering a gift or personal visit on selected Jewish holidays to congregants who are nursing home residents or homebound.
  • Providing a visit, card or phone call to congregants who have recently lost a loved one.
  • Recognizing a newborn or congregant by planting a tree in Israel in their honor.
  • Visiting congregants when hospitalized and following up with cards or phone calls following their discharge.

We encourage family members and friends to notify the synagogue ritual office to initiate these visits and acts of chesed. Please contact the ritual office or 913-647-7281.

Social Action

Congregation Beth Shalom provides a regular schedule of social action programs for members of all ages. These volunteer activities help fulfill our Jewish responsibility to improve our community and the world. For additional information contact Norman Levitan at 913-647-7283. Examples of our social action activities include:

  • Delivery of excess crops from Kansas City farms and orchards to local food pantries, including Yachad, Kansas City’s kosher food pantry.
  • Collecting school supplies and clothing to benefit children and adults in the metropolitan area.
  • December Outreach, where congregation members volunteer at local service organizations so that others can more fully enjoy their traditional December holidays.
  • Holiday Adoption, where volunteers collect gifts for distribution to families who would not otherwise have gifts to share and enjoy.
  • Mitzvah Day, when individuals or families perform maintenance at local homes or organizations to benefit those who cannot do the work themselves.

For additional information, contact Carla at