Ways to help

The many ways you can volunteer

Pine Brook Jewish Center Caring Committee

We believe that acts of goodness are intrinsic to every religious community. We strive to provide a wide array of programs and activities so that each member has the opportunity to give of him or herself.
From time to time, we hear of illnesses, accidents, hospitalizations, births and deaths in our community. We want to be there for our fellow congregants in their time of need or happiness. Each of us can be part of our conduit.    If you find out about any of the events that were mentioned above, please let the office know. Please contact Arlene Lopez in the synagogue office: 973-244-9800. We will then take the necessary action to respond to the event.   Remember, you are our eyes and ears. Think Caring!

Collection for local needy families and elderly Jewish families in Newark
Our Sisterhood sells assorted gift cards to celebrate or commemorate life passages. The funds raised are used by Sisterhood for a variety of charitable programs.
We also have a gift card collection to aid needy families in Montville and Newark . We encourage your support and generosity to buy $5 or $10 (depending on store minimums) gift cards from supermarkets and chain stores.
and in the Atrium on Sundays. Please pick up a card or two when you are out shopping so we may help those less fortunate. You can mail them to Judy Milstein, 6 East Cheryl Road , Pine Brook , NJ 07058 , or drop them during office hours to Arlene who will be collecting them.

Mitzvah Tallit
A new tallit bag to hold your first tallit? The North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, 212-233-5200, email: NACOEJ@aol.com or website: www.NACOEJ.org.     They have the most beautiful tallit you can imagine. They weave talleitot at the NACOEJ compound in Addis Ababa. The colors are bright and attractive and suitable for both males and females. Purchasing one of these gorgeous works of art will provide a family in Ethiopia with food for a month! A very wise investment!!

Visit a local assisted living facility
The Chelsea, right here in Montville.  We have a contingent visit every Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. for Friday Shabbat services. It is a small group of Jewish residents who attend and look forward to our visits. You can check with the synagogue office to get more details. You can also call the Chelsea at (973) 402-1100 and ask for the activity director to find out what you can do. Some past ideas they gave were game playing, art projects, nail polishing, putting on a skit or singing, working at a small shop within the facility.

Visit a Jewish nursing home
Daughters of Israel in West Orange- (973) 731-5100. Ask the activity director what you/your family can do.  A while back our Hebrew School class went and played bingo with the residents who are always happy to see new faces, especially children!

Help our Synagogue
We are often in need of assistance in various areas. Call Arlene Lopez in the main office who frequently needs help with mailings, as does our Hebrew School.

Help out sorting/bagging at a food pantry
Bobrow Kosher Food Pantry, Temple Oheb Shalom, South Orange-email foodpantry@ohebshalom.org or call (973) 762-7067.

Community Food Bank NJ- Contact volunteer services at (908) 355-3663 or e-mail the Volunteer Department www.njfoodbank.org. This is the largest provider of donated food to 1,500 food banks/soup kitchens/homeless shelters. They have a huge warehouse with constant need for volunteers to sort and pack. You must schedule in advance and children must be 12 or older, ages 12-16 accompanied by an adult.

Community Soup Kitchen Church of the Redeemer – Morristown. This is the soup kitchen that we serve at in any month that there is a 5th Sunday. The kitchen is open everyday except Saturdays to serve lunches. You can always join another group to help out& bring food, especially weekdays. Call (973) 267-0709, www.cskmorristown.com for info.

Hold a food drive at your office, school or anywhere! It is really easy to do, and you usually get a lot of items. Should you want help donating food local to your office, please contact the office.

Gifts for Israeli soldiers or victims of terrorism
Available to send through United Synagogue, visit www.uscjisraelbaskets.com.  They are $25 or $36 and a nice way to reach out to those who are serving, and those who have been through the trauma of terrorism.

Volunteer Opportunities exist in various local organizations.  Visit the website for National Council of Jewish Women’s Volunteer Bureau, at www.volunteernj.org where adults and children can view places that are looking for help. Click on the drop down menu under volunteer opportunities.

Jewish Family Services Metrowest is a comprehensive, non-discriminatory social service agency serving the residents of Essex, Morris, Sussex , North Union and parts of Hudson counties. Their highly trained and caring staff consists of clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and consultants, available to serve clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to counseling in many areas, they provide elder care planning & assessments, adoption services and more. Call 973-765-9050 or visit their web-site at www.jfs-metronj.org

If you or someone you know is unemployed and looking for work, changing careers, re-entering the workforce, or is a recent college graduate and seeking a job for the first time, we can help. JVS Career Counseling & Placement offers high-quality career services—at no or low-cost to you. Services include: One-on-one career counseling and job placement, resume writing, interview training, mentoring, support groups, workshops, vocational testing, and more. For information, contact Dr. Meryl Kanner at JVS at mkanner@jvsnj.org or at 973-674-6330 ext. 271