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There are so many ways to volunteer at Har HaShem. 52 Fridays a year, we need greeters for Shabbat services, many committees meet and plan ongoing activities, and one-time events require helping hands.

The concept of helping others, the way we do when we volunteer, is found in the very earliest Jewish sources. Below is a varied list of early sources as well as more recent leaders' thoughts:

"Love your neighbour as yourself" Leviticus 19:18

"You have been told what is good and what the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." Michah 6:8

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when?" Hillel in Ethics of the Fathers, 1:14

"It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes a difference." Ethics of the Fathers 1:17

"Do not separate yourself from the community" Hillel in Ethics of the Fathers 2:5

"Though it is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, nor are you free to desist from it entirely" Rabbi Tarfon, Ethics of the Fathers 2:16

"He whose good deeds exceed his wisdom, his wisdom will endure. But he whose wisdom exceeds his good deeds, his wisdom will not endure." Ethics of the Fathers 3:9

"All Israelites are responsible for one another" Talmud Sanhedrin 27b

"Anyone who shares a community's distress will be rewarded and will witness the community's consolation" Talmud Ta'anit 11a:

"Deeds of lovingkindness are equal in weight to all the commandments." Jerusalem Talmud, Peah 1:1

"The 20th-century ideals of America have been the ideals of the Jew for more than 20 centuries" Louis Brandeis

"The paradox of volunteering is that the more we give, the more we are given" The Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Credo in The Times June 2005

"Volunteering can't change community depression..but giving people a sense that it is worth volunteering can change things." Rabbi Julia Neuberger The Guardian July 11, 2007