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A little bit of kindness goes a long way: Chesed Call for Volunteers

As a community, B'nai Havurah is committed to Gemilut Chesed, doing kind things for others in small and large ways. We believe that acts of kindness hold the potential to embody godliness for both the giver and the receiver.

Members of the Chesed Circle can only do their job if they can call upon the members of B’nai Havurah to fulfill the needs of our community. 

Please click here to sign up for a variety of tasks you are willing to help with over the next year, or click here to download and print a form with the same information that you may mail or scan to B'nai Havurah.

CHESED:  Acts of Lovingkindness at B’nai Havurah

One of the core values at B’nai Havurah is “gemilut chesidim,” acts of kindness expressed through support of our community in times of physical and emotional need.  We may assist with shiva or mourning rituals, provide cards of condolence or convalescence, facilitate urgent meals or visits to congregants in need, and empower congregants to appreciate and utilize the strengths of their individual networks or our larger community.

Congregants who wish to be contacted by Chesed are referred to the committee.  Chesed referrals for lifecycle or personal issues (illness, death/grieving, accident, surgery, hospitalization or extended care) should be confirmed by the congregant, family member or trusted close friend who has been given explicit permission to contact the Rabbi/staff.  The committee is a small group of volunteers who try to promptly clarify what help is needed and what resources are available.  Chesed will then assist the congregant in organizing and accessing their own resources (family, havurah, friends) on a case by case basis.  If these resources are not sufficient, Chesed will reach out to the larger B’nai Havurah community to offer assistance with meals, visitors or other services.

To contact Chesed, call B’nai Havurah at 303-388-4441, or email Rabbi Evette at, Becky Epstein, Executive Director at or refer to our list of Chesed volunteers, below, and contact them during the month they are assigned.

June, 2020           Janet Tamaren        859-230-7869

July, 2020             Barbara Borow-Stephens      303-829-7924   

Co-Chairs: Carol Bubes, 303-877-2773 / 
and Lorrie Tishler, 720-391-9699 /

Advisors: Bobbie Towbin and Paula Gudder


The information in the following resource list is not meant to be exhaustive but rather an sampling of reliable services. B'nai Havurah is not liable for the advice or actions of of any of the listed resources. 

Please contact a Chesed Circle member (see list of below) or the office for assistance.



211 United Way Denver
Dial 211
FREE and confidential community referral service

Psychology Today
Therapist finder

Homeless Shelter Directory

SAMHSA Treatment Services Locator



Sheridan Health Services
3525 W. Oxford Ave Unit G-3 Denver, CO 80236


Servicio De La Raza
3131 W. 14th Ave Denver CO 80204
$25 sessions without insurance, individual/group therapy, ADHD testing, parole community reintegration, youth services, job placement, GED, tuition assistance, emergency food, DV program, HIV/AIDS program


The Trevor Project
LGBT youth, friends & family members:
Crisis Text Line: SMS: text "HERE" to 746741, Chat online

Denver Health Mobile Crisis Services: 303-602-7220
24/7 onsite/phone evaluations, information/referral services to Denver County residents

National Domestic Violence 24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

The Center for Trauma and Resilience 24 Hour hotline: 303-894-8000
Trauma sensitive yoga, children youth and families program, elderly and disabled program, resources and directories

The Blue Bench

Sexual assault prevention and care

24-Hour Hotline: 303- 322-7273

Veterans Crisis Line: Active U.S. Military, vets & family
1-800-273-8255 press1, SMS text 838255, Chat online



Arapahoe House
Outpatient, residential, detox, DUI, outpatient mental health

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Support for family and friends of alcoholics

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Phoenix Multisport
2233 Champa Denver CO 80205
FREE fitness center and activities for those in recovery from drugs and/or alcohol

Many of the resources above were provided through Mental Health First AID, a program of the Mental Health Center of Denver. Mental Health First Aid is an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

For additional information about Mental Health First Aid, call 303-504-6500 or go to

Thu, October 29 2020 11 Cheshvan 5781