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VOLUNTEERING

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) relies on its volunteers to keep our Kehilla together.  Our members help each other, and our synagogue, because they aspire to fulfill tikkun olam: they behave and act constructively to benefit and “repair” the world.   

Volunteering does not require huge commitments of time out of one’s busy day.  CBI volunteers perform many roles and complete tasks big and small. All are valued for their positive impact because the support helps the synagogue community to endure and thrive. Like any other active non-profit organization, the need is constant and never-ending. Here is a short list of deeds of service being performed by our members that help make a difference: 

  • General light office work, such as answering the main telephone switchboard, or organizing outgoing mailings of the monthly newsletter
  • Serving in our Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society)
  • Serving in our Chevrat Chesed (Member-to-Member Support Group) to attend Shivah minyans to comfort mourners and to enable them to chant the Mourners Kaddish.
  • Acting as ushers for services; collecting and organizing prayer books when services are completed
  • Reading the Torah during services
  • Planning and organizing social events and fundraisers
  • Delivering Mishloach Manot baskets to member homes on Purim
  • Serving as lay leaders on the Board of Trustees, or participating in activities of its varied committees 

Do you have a special skill that could benefit our congregation? Would you like to conduct compassionate visits to our ailing or home-bound members? Can you provide a member, who is no longer able to drive, with transportation to services?  Do you want to organize and run a new member event? Would you like to help clean our working kitchens to ready them for Passover?

The list of ways to serve is endless. When you are ready to step-up and pitch-in, we will welcome your help. 

  • Improve Community Life
  • Help Others in Need
  • Give Back to A Cause in Which You Believe
  • Make Efforts More Effective
  • Get Connected to Other People
  • Provide Others With Hope
  • Find Satisfaction
  • Boost Spirituality in Performing Selfless Acts  

Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) relies on and needs its volunteers to enhance the life of our synagogue community. We can’t do it all alone, and nor would we want to. Participating in life at the synagogue is fulfilled in many ways beyond attending services. 

  • Performing a charitable, beneficial act for your congregation provides an emotionally uplifting experience that could not be matched by receiving fame or money. 
  • If you are new to Albuquerque or the synagogue, becoming a volunteer is a fast way to make new associations and connections with our other members. 
  • CBI volunteers make friends and connect with the synagogue community.
  • Those giving their time are usually welcome to bring along children, grandchildren, friends, or other family members to share in the experience. When people get together, an assignment or task can become easier to do. 
  • You may learn a new skill, share established expertise, or find yourself leading or becoming involved with projects that you wouldn’t normally ever get the opportunity to do. 
  • You will feel satisfaction and gain an immense sense of accomplishment. It feels good to produce or contribute to something that a lot of people benefit from.
  • Giving to others is good for mental and physical health. Our volunteers get mental stimulation, combat depression, reduce stress, and give back to themselves with a sense of purpose.  
  • Providing time in service to CBI can be fun. 
  • Performing service to others can bring new and unexpected insights. 

For our members who are school-aged, volunteering at CBI may satisfy a Service Learning requirement pending pre-approval from their school. Even for students who don’t have community service requirements, helping out the synagogue community can be a beneficial growing experience. When our young people volunteer it helps them to find their voice, make interpersonal connections, demonstrate responsibility, and in some instances, learn humility and respect. 

Volunteering at Congregation B’nai (CBI) may qualify as Service Learning for students who are required by their school to complete community service.  Many local schools require students to participate in activities or complete projects outside their traditional school setting–every semester, or every academic year.  In some cases, Independent Service Learning Projects must be performed for a minimum of 15 hours per semester.  

SERVICE LEARNING is a form of experiential education, learning in deed, where learning takes place through a cycle of action and reflection. Students experience the process of applying what they are learning to helping solve community problems. Reflecting on their experience as they work towards real goals or objectives can benefit the community and give the student a deeper understanding for themselves.

During the school year, CBI organizes many events and programs, each with a set of tasks and assignments that are completed by synagogue volunteers. In many instances, these tasks can be appropriate for school-aged children to complete, with the assistance and/or supervision of a parent, guardian, or supervising adult.

Being a volunteer for the synagogue is a way for students to help find their voice, demonstrate responsibility, follow directions, learn useful life-skills, and benefit their Jewish community.      

If a student wishes to design a volunteer project that will benefit the synagogue, and must have it approved by his or her school in advance of completing the project, contact a member of the Board of Trustees, or the Presidents of the Men’s Club or Sisterhood to discuss the project goals, scope, and time-frame. 


WANTED: VOLUNTEER LIBRARIAN

At this time, Congregation B’nai Israel’s Library is available to its members, and only by appointment. Our collection of print materials includes prayer books, Tanach, Torah, and Talmud for reference reading and study. You may wish to enhance your existing Jewish knowledge with insights from around the world, gathered in one place: our library. Help us to manage the collection and keep it organized. Call the office (505)266-0155. 


WANTED: 2020 PURIM COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS

With Purim only 4 months away, it’s time to start planning the best Purim event of the century: our 100th Anniversary Purim! We are in need of fun-loving volunteers who like to party, in costume, with grogers and Megillah. After we determine the theme for the event, we will plan, craft, write, paint, build, and do whatever elese is needed. Someone(s) with craft skills will be especially helpful for making games and props. We may also be auditioning actors for a 100th Anniversary Purim Spiel: a fun musical play telling the story of Esther, Mordecai, Haman, Vashti, and King Ahasuarus. So if you love to sing and act, let is know if you are available. No prior volunteering experience is necessary, we want your creativity and enthusiasm. Click on the above pink button and in the subject line include: “To: Bryan Bobrick–2020 Purim Committee” or call the office (505)266-0155.