All of us face times when aspects of our lives become overwhelming. G'mach enables individuals to reach out to those in need, creating a human safety net to cushion us when we occasionally fall from the high wire where many of us lead our lives. The word "G'mach" stands for the phrase "Gemilut Chasadim" (גְּמִילוּת חֲסָדִים) which translates to "acts of loving kindness." The tradition of G'mach is integral to Judaism, and participating in any way is a mitzvah. PSJC's G'mach includes Bikkur Cholim - visiting the sick. In addition to our work with those who are ill and in need, PSJC provides a Hevra Kadisha (חֶבְרָה קַדִישָא) - a sacred fellowship whose members lovingly cleanse, dress, lay out and watch over the bodies of the dead until burial. For more information, please click on the link.
Among our many activities are:
Providing the community with details about the death of a PSJC or family member, such as funeral and shiva information.
Helping to observe shiva by visiting mourners, sending food, providing prayer books, and organizing shiva minyans.
Telephoning and visiting hospitalized or homebound people.
Preparing food or running errands for homebound people.
Providing a support network during difficult personal times.
Rabbi Carie Carter is always available to provide counsel and guidance when there is a G'mach need. Also, there are many readings in the Bible and Torah, books, articles, and Jewish learning that can provide comfort and understanding. (We will provide you with a list of appropriate titles to which you can link.)
If you are interested in joining G'mach or have a need, please contact us.
PSJC holds rights to numerous gravesites at New Mount Carmel Cemetery and Beth David Cemetery. They are available at $900 per plot to members-in-good-standing of PSJC and their immediate families. Use of the graves is subject to restrictions required by the cemeteries (for example, only those of the Jewish faith may be buried in the cemeteries).
For additional information, please contact the PSJC office at 718.768.1453 or the Cemetery Committee.