Chesed – Giving Back to the Community
The Chesed Committee at Tiferes Bais Yaakov, a student-run initiative, offers the students an opportunity to provide assistance to organizations and families throughout our community. Our students spend several hours a week working with special needs children and adults, visiting the sick, playing music at retirement homes, tutoring students, serving as mother’s helpers, and much more. The girls at Tiferes truly learn and understand the responsibility we all have towards our community. While the Ministry guidelines only require 40 hours of community service for a student to graduate, the students at Tiferes Bais Yaakov go way beyond that requirement. They are enthusiastic about learning the role they can play in the greater Jewish Community.
In addition to the opportunities listed below, teachers and administration may recruit students for other community chassadim.
Some of the organizations that our students have been involved with are:
- Bikur Cholim– “Bikur Cholim could not accomplish so much without the yearly assistance of your (TBY) students who help in the most organized and dedicated way!” – Lily Heller, president
- Chai Lifeline
- Friendship Circle
- Mother’s Helper – “…After two full days in the hospital trying to juggle the responsibilities of taking care of a three year old in the PICU, and…a little baby, we realized we needed help. This is where TBY came in..TBY arranged for girls to come down in two hour shifts for as long as we needed, to take care of our baby. Words can not express the gratitude and relief we felt once we saw the cheerful and competent help we received so willingly from your TBY girls.” – Parents of baby Shloimie and his big brother
- Sunshine Club – “We would like to thank the girls of Tiferes Bais Yaakov for attending and entertaining the women of our community at our Sunshine Club. The choir was inspring and uplifting and truly enjoyable for all who were present.”
- Shining Stars
- Tomchei Shabbos
- “Yedidos”Program – “I am constantly impressed by the sensitivity and thoughtfulness heaped upon my son by the girls…I met so many wonderful girls with so much love that was showered on my child. For that, I am grateful.” – Marcy White (mother of child in “Yedidos” program) “The girls invest so much love and energy into making my son and the other kids happy…These girls represent the very, very best of Yiddishkeit. I see them as the paradigm of Jewish living and Torah values…I feel very blessed to know them and to have them share in our journey with us.” – Laura Rosen Cohen (mother of child in “Yedidos” program).
- And many others.
Our Mishmeres Committee heads work with the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation to plan activities that emphasize the importance of not speaking loshon harah. They work hard to incorporate this important middah into the girls’ days with activities and colourful reminder boards throughout the school.