Rabbi Akiva, at the beginning of the second century C.E., cited Leviticus 19:17
“Love your neighbor as yourself” as summarizing the essence of the whole Torah.
The first words of any introduction to the Jewish daily way of life must speak of kindness (hesed), because we believe that Jewish religious faith and ritual observance aim, above all, to achieve a perfection of the human relationship and to create a better society.
You can practice these teachings by volunteering in our community at the UJC/JCC. Share lunch with a senior, read to the pre-school children, provide a ride for someone who is in need, etc. There are dozens of ways you can reach out to your neighbors through our programs and our activities.
Fill out the form below and tell us how you would like to volunteer.