Gemilut Chesed Committee Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference of the Gemilut Chesed Committee

Mission Statement

Our Compassion and Committment to our Community finds its voice and expression in the physical world through Gemilut Chesed (acts of loving kindness). The Mitzvah of Gemilut Chesed is performed without the expectation of reward or acknowledgement from the recepient. The relationship that is created by an act of Gemilut Chesed holds the potential for Spiritual experiences. We believe that both the giver and the reciever are enriched by the process. Gemilut Chesed requires continuous dilgent education to enable us to learn how best to give as well as to receive. 

Our hope as a religious Community is that each person will acknowledge the responsibility to perform Gemilut Chesed in ways appropriate to their abilities. We will become a community of people who are ready willing and able to respond to one another’s needs.


The Gemilut Chesed committee provides short-term assistance to members of Or Shalom.

We typically serve people who are bereaved, ill, in transition, or who have new babies.

We engage in the following activities:

  1. Send out Condolence cards.
  2. Attend Shiva Minyan.
  3. Offer help to family who are hosting the Shiva Minyan.
  4. Give out remaining Shiva comfort baskets.
  5. Provide meals for sick people, families with new babies, people in transition.
  6. Visit people in the hospital or at home.
  7. Go shopping, or take people shopping (until they are settled).
  8. Take people out for coffee, conversation, or walks.
  9. Advertise, on e-list for movers, housing helps, and drivers for medical appointments.
  10. Refer people to agencies that fill other needs.

February 2010