Tomer Devorah students have the opportunity to live and experience the saying of our Sages that “kol Yisrael arevim zeh la’zeh,” all Jews are responsible for one another.
Students are called upon during their year in seminary to contribute to the lives of Jewsliving in Israel. Our chessed program is fluid and flexible, as students are given a choice of venues in which they would like to be involved. For example, students may spend time visiting and shopping for elderly people, putting together Shabbat food packages for the needy of Yerushalayim or visiting the sick and wounded in hospitals. Some students choose to stay in the local community and assist families with childcare. Many of these local families are all too happy to welcome students into their lives and form inspiring relationships.
The chessed program is one way we achieve the goal of having Tomer Devorah students return to America with a deep appreciation and understanding of the communities that make up the diverse tapestry of the People of Israel.
Another way in which we introduce our students to the many walks of life in Israel is through “mini-Shabbatonim” in communities where teachers live. While bonding with each other and their teachers, students will experience first-hand the beauty of Shabbat in various settings and milieus.