Bais Rivkah of Crown Heights presented the theme of Chessed by celebrating the month of Cheshvan with a Grand Chessed Program.
The goal is to impress the importance of Chessed and acts of kindness, and the significance of helping and caring for our community upon the girls.
The program introduced the many Chessed organizations that call Crown Heights their home.
The students and faculty of Bais Rivkah had the opportunity to hear from four major Chessed organizations as they answered questions about what they do and shared inspiring stories.
First Rabbi Avrohom Lieder of Ahavas Chessed spoke, bringing out the point of how Chessed is an expression of Ahavas Yisroel. They then heard from their very own Rabbi Benjy Stock of CSSY, who spoke about how his organization started and how Chessed creates a community. The girls learned about what it means to do Chessed solely for a higher purpose, with no personal gain involved from a senior member of Hatzalah, Rabbi Yingy Bistritzky. Lastly, Mushka Nathanson of Chai Lifeline spoke about Chessed in terms of giving emotional support to those who are in need of it. Mrs. Rochie Korolitzky of Crown Heights Bikur Cholim is scheduled to speak on Monday.
On the same note, HOO held its kickoff event last week. HOO, an organization started by Bais Rivka girls, is there to Help Our Own and be there for our community. HOO reaches out to mothers who have no relatives in the neighborhood to come help out. They send girls to large families that don’t have older children around to lend a hand. HOO is there to Help Our Own in any situation of need.
At the event, Mrs. Aliza Scheinfeld spoke about the importance of doing Chessed with pure acceptance and how to be the most helpful in every situation. HOO sends girls to help families in need, families of Chai Lifeline, Bikur Cholim, and Shifra U’Puah. Another weekly Chessed option that girls can be a part of is Friendship Circle, where girls spend time and have fun with children with special needs and their families. With the chessed programs underway, the girls gain as well as those helped and together they help create a community of people who are there for each other.
Bais Rivka High School is looking forward to a school-wide Shabbaton that is coming up, with planning well underway, as well as their production that will take place on the Sunday of the Kinus HaShluchos weekend, כ”ו שבט.