Larchmont Temple has a long history of performing acts of gemilut chasadim – caring for members within our Temple community and offering support to the greater community as well. Our mission is inspired by the teaching from the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Sukkah, 49b.
Our Rabbis taught: gemilut chasadim is greater than tzedakah in three ways: Acts of tzedakah involve only one’s money- gemilut chasadim can involve both, money or one’s personal service. Tzedakah can be given only to the poor – gemilut chasadim can be done both for the rich and for the poor. Tzedakah can be given only to the living – gemilut chasadim can be done both for the living and the dead.
From our work helping Russian Émigré’s settle in New York in the 1970s to our continued commitment to grassroots organizations in our local community such as the local Summit, the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force and At Home on the Sound and our commitment to the greater community remains strong. Our Religious School and Nursery School programs as well as our youth Group, LarFTY, also strive to make these teachings come alive in thought and deed.