A Full Spectrum of SBH Resources for Manhattan
This dedicated branch of SBH brings our programs and volunteer opportunities to the rapidly growing Manhattan community. With a dedicated professional staff and all the resources that make SBH the safety net of the Sephardic Community, this new initiative is here to meet the needs of the community.
Volunteers cook meals on a short-term basis for anyone in the hospital, ill at home, experiencing a crisis, or tending to a newborn baby.
Spearheading the “bikur holim” mission in Manhattan is our visiting program. Our wonderful, trained volunteer visitors bring joy to those who could use a little company or cheering up.
Cooking for a Cause
Volunteers gather monthly at the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue to prepare delicious meals for the Pantry in a class led by a well-known community chef.
Live to Learn
Our educational series called Live to Learn provide classes, and workshops on topics related to our community’s interests and needs. Some topics we have covered: CPR, childhood development, how to deal with aging parents, and much more.
Home Away From Home
We hope to further establish this program which provides overnight housing for family members with a loved one in a Manhattan hospital.
GEM Mentoring Program
GEM is our adolescent mentoring program, helping teens and college students navigate their future education and career goals.
During holiday times we have special programs that pertain to the holiday, such as our annual Hanukkah Toy Drive, Lulav and Etrog delivering, Chametz Drive, Mishloach Manot and more.
Growing and Giving
Growing and Giving is our newly launched monthly hesed projects with the 4-year-olds at The Sephardic Academy of Manhattan (SAM). The kids have already enjoyed a Cooking for a Cause class, tzedaka box project and a clothing drive.
Volunteer hosts invite friends and family to their homes to learn about all the exciting volunteer opportunities SBH can offer or help launch.
Shabbat Meals Program
“ Visiting with a patient or a patient’s family is not always an easy thing to do. It can be very difficult to see their sad faces and all that they are going through. When I walk in to the room and bring a smile to their face, this is what keeps me strong. It is one of the most rewarding experiences. ”
-Teri Blanco, Volunteer, Visiting Services
“ The highlight of my day in the hospital is dinner time, the one time when I actually feel myself, in my own dining room, eating my own familiar food. I am going through so much physically and emotionally, I can’t begin to explain what a difference a home cooked meal make. ”
“ When I heard SBH was opening a branch in Manhattan, I volunteered right away, and its one of the best decision I have ever made. Working on the Meaningful Meals program has been extremely rewarding and gratifying. The feeling of helping a person in need is nothing less than incredible! ”
-Isadora Haddad, Meaningful Meals volunteer
“ I was feeling down and depressed. Once again I was going to have to cancel my treatment appointment because there was no one to watch my 5 children. Suddenly I got a phone call. It was as if an angel was sent to me from Hashem. She wanted to take my kids to the amusement park for the day. This girl who didnt know me was there to help me all with a smile on her face. I knew that everything would be ok. ”