Sometimes we need hesed, and sometimes we’re in the perfect position to offer it to another. Olam Hesed Yibaneh — let’s build a world, and a community, of loving-kindness.

IKAR‘s Hesed Network

Hesed (loving kindness) comes in many forms: reaching out in times of loss or hardship, delivering a meal, running an errand, or extending a Shabbat invitation.

IKAR’s Hesed Network delivers care packages, Shabbat baskets, prepared meals, and timely assistance to IKAR members in times of loss and celebration. By joining the Hesed Network in your neighborhood, you’ll receive emails that ask you to volunteer to support fellow IKARites in your community.


Sign up for a meal train

Not a great cook? No worries. Signing up for a meal train can be as simple as ordering a meal from a restaurant or sending a food delivery gift certificate.

Drive fellow IKARites

Have a flexible schedule? Helping a fellow IKARite get to a doctor’s appointment or come to shul is such a meaningful way to contribute (while making a new friend!)

Hevra Kadisha

The Hevra Kadisha is a group of IKAR volunteers who take responsibility for accompanying, caring for, and preparing the deceased for burial. Serving on the Hevra Kadisha is a profound and concrete way to extend love and care to grieving families, while offering one final act of kindness to the deceased community member.  For more information, either about joining or making arrangements, email Rabbi Panitz.

Shiva Team

IKAR’s Shiva Team is called upon to make a minyan or bring food to a house of mourning. By joining the Shiva Team, you’ll receive emails notifying you of opportunities to show up when it matters most.


If you own gently used baby clothing or supplies (cribs, bottles, etc.) or home medical equipment (commodes, walkers, shower chairs, etc.) and would like to lend or give them to a fellow IKARite please register them here. If you need any of these kinds of items, you may view the list of available items and make a request here.

In need of support?

IKAR’s Hesed Team helps connect IKARites with a trained chaplain and pastoral care provider from our community. Whether you’re experiencing illness, grieving a loss, or struggling to find connection, the Hesed Team offers a listening ear and compassionate presence through calls, virtual meetings, and in-person visits. If you’re in need of physical support, like a meal train or errand, let us know, and the Hesed network is ready to help.