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Volunteering your time and skills is great way to give back to Congregation Habonim, and to support the Upper West Side neighborhood we call home.

Shabbat and Holiday Greeters: When we gather in person for Shabbat or holidays, greeters are there to welcome our congregants and visitors, to give them a Siddur, Chumash, and to offer a tallit. After services, our greeters welcome new members and visitors, respond to questions about the synagogue and introduce them to the clergy. If you are interested in being a greeter, or to find out about other volunteer opportunities, contact

Photography and Other Media-related Skills: If you enjoy photography, your skills are needed to add color and action to our website, Facebook page, Bulletins and e-blasts.  All photos should be forwarded to Wherever possible, please identify the event as well as when and where it took place, and if possible the people in the shot(s) by name.    


Open Your Home to Stranded Israelis

Those able to offer home hospitality to Israelis not yet able to return home can register HERE to connect with families in need.

Virtual Volunteer Service Projects

Click here to see Repair the World's list of virtual volunteer opportunities and to register.

Urgent Need for Blood Donation in New York City

For more information about the city's blood supply situation, click here .
Click here to find additional blood drive locations and dates in your neighborhood. 

From Rabbi Gelber:

Saving a life is an important mitzvah/responsibility and commandment in Judaism. We have been called on to step forward in this way by Congregation Ansche Chesed here on the UWS as they work to find a bone marrow donor for someone in their shul community with rapidly advancing blood cancer. 
If you have not yet participated in the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, I encourage you to Get Swabbed by registering here .
Testing is free for those 18-35 and you'll learn more about the ideal profile at that link. I have worked with patients with leukemia and other blood cancers for almost 25 years and have witnessed the power of the bone marrow registries in helping to preserve and save lives. Do your part and join the registry! For questions about Judaism and saving a life, be in touch with me at

Sun, June 23 2024 17 Sivan 5784