Yad Chesed

Yad Chesed is Ready with a "Helping Hand"

Whether it's a lifecycle celebration, an illness or other challenging time, Or Atid's Yad Chesed ("Helping Hand") committee is here to help and support members of our community. We work with our members with the utmost discretion and sensitivity. We can help organize meals, carpools, errands or logistics during an illness, after surgery or a death in the family or even after a new addition to the family.

How do I reach Yad Chesed?

Whether you have a need or you know of another member who can use some assistance, please reach out to us. You can speak with any of our committee members at [email protected], Rabbi Polisson at [email protected] or the President of the Congregation at [email protected]

How can I help?

Our strength as a congregation is based on our strong links to each other - let's make sure that our entire Or Atid family stays connected. As many circumstances are unpredictable, it helps for our community to be organized in advance. Please consider the options below:
Let us know if you are available to help with a "mitzvah meal" or other task by emailing one of our committee co-chairs [email protected]. We will place your name on our standing list of members who are ready to help out.
Sign up for the Or Atid Lotsa Helping Hands (LHH) site. Lotsa Helping Hands is an easy-to-use online calendar that enables members to schedule and sign up for tasks such as providing meals, rides to medical appointments, friendly visits and other errands. Our Yad Chesed coordinator will post requests when a need arises so volunteers like you can easily see what's needed. Once you sign up for a task, LHH will send an automatic reminder so that you won't forget your commitment. Simply Go here to sign-up for our Or Atid Helping Hands community.

Help us continue to make Or Atid a caring community!

Committee Members

Barbra Sher, co-chair
Amy Silverstein, co-chair
Linda Cohen 
Sandy Gold
Lorraine Gotlib


Social Action

Family Promise Volunteer Orientations
Sept. 19, 7pm, St Zepharin’s Church, 99 Main St., Wayland
Oct. 17, 7pm, Shir Tikvah, 141 Boston Post Rd, Wayland

If you are concerned about the issue of family homelessness in your community and want to make a difference, considering attending one of these volunteer orientations. 

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Oct. 20 We will cook in our own homes. Please volunteers to cook or deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. More info here.

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: Oct 6 Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.


Adult Education

Mindfulness Practice: Meditation, Chanting & Text Study
Sept. 12 (Or Atid), Sept. 19 (Beth El) & Oct. 19 (Temple Israel, Natick)

Join the Metrowest Jewish Mindfulness Community for three sessions focusing on meditation, chant, text study and prayer. Details here.

[email protected] Broads in Midrash

Mondays, starts 9/23, 10am at Or Atid 
10 session class exploring little known women whose stories are embellished in the rabbinic tradition. Details here.


World Tour of Jewish Music

Thursdays 10/17 & 10/24, 7:30-9 pm, Or Atid
Join Rabbi Polisson for a tour of Jewish music throughout the world and history. Email [email protected] to register.