Caring for Others – Caring for Ourselves
Caring Community develops programs that integrate acts of loving kindness into the lives of TBE members in times of joy, sorrow and transition. We also aim to foster activities that promote self-awareness, connection and well-being. Caring Community is under the direction of Jodi Sufrin, our beloved Cantor.
Our nationally recognized outreach programs help make Temple Beth Elohim a sacred community. Volunteers who serve on three core teams – Comforting the Sick (Bikur Cholim), Bereavement (Nechama) and Healing (Refuah) - touch the lives of hundreds of congregants each year in meaningful ways.
“...these expressions of concern and care mean so much… It is very comforting to know that there is such a supportive group of people there to help....I am reminded of the wonderful selfless members of the caring community of Temple Beth Elohim. I truly know that our temple is a very special and unique place.”
Tai Chi with TBE Congregant Vic Dietz
Tuesdays, September 30 - December 16 (except November 11) 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Vic Dietz will again be offering a Tai Chi class for the fall semester. He will explore the Tai Chi form, an excellent meditative discipline that also helps to enhance physical as well as mental balance. The class will include breathing and Qi Gong exercises to promote the cultivation of energy. No prior experience is necessary. A complimentary DVD will be provided to make it easier to practice at home. Please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes to ensure ease of movement. New participants are invited to try the class in the first two weeks. No need to RSVP. For more information contact Vic Dietz. (Class dates: Sep 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16)
College Connection - sustains a connection between TBE, college students and their parents by sending care packages with Jewish content and treats to the students on the Jewish Holidays. Learn more.
Game Day - Stop by to play mah jong, bridge or scrabble. Meet new friends, hone your skills and have some fun. Please bring your friends from temple, but keep in mind that this group is for temple members only. (Of course, if you have out-of-town guests, they would be welcome. Contact Jane Sherman with questions.
Lev Echad (One Heart) - reaches out to congregants at difficult times in their lives...when their activities and their connections to others have been limited by age, disability or life circumstances.
Lunch and Learn – is a monthly program series on Jewish themes by different speakers.
- Sign up to make an occasional meal for a congregant who is in need.
Mah Jong - Join us to learn the basics of this intriguing game from some in-house 'experts'.
Welcoming Newborns - TBE parents and grandparents are contacted following the joyful arrival of a newborn.
Yoga for Health and Healing - Yoga for Health & Healing is a unique, integrative experience that focuses on the breath and connecting to Ruach Elohim - the Spirit of God - within us through gentle, supportive movement interlaced with blessings from the Siddur, Judaic articles and poetry. We move slowly and safely, using blankets, blocks, balls and the wall to help us find that sacred space within ourselves. This is an opportunity to try yoga for the first time, deepen an existing practice, and discover how to strengthen your physical being as well as your Spirit while releasing tensions often unknowingly held within. Join Karen Kaplan, LMHC, NCC, E-IAYT in the continuing yoga series to learn more about your physical and inner-self as she guides you to safely strengthen, open, and heal your body.
These 6-Week Yoga Sessions begin again on Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 am. Now is a great opportunity to come a try this moving exploration of
yourself and your Spirit. You can register ahead or on the day of our first
session with Kristine Potter. The
cost is $72 for temple Members & $90 for Non-Members.
Caring Community develops programs that help congregants address individual and family opportunities and challenges. These include, but are not limited to, offerings that relate to caring for others, caring for ourselves, parents of children in interfaith relationships, mid-life transitions, healthy lifestyles, caring for aging parents and other family members, issues of interest to grandparents and the challenges of growing older. Learn more.
Please Join Us
We continually seek to identify congregants who will benefit from Caring Community outreach services and those who would like to volunteer, plan for and participate in our programs. New ideas are always welcome! Feel free to explore our detailed program and contact information.
All of us at Caring Community look forward to hearing from you.
Ilissa Povich, (781) 431-2239
Click here to download the Caring Community Manual, an overview of our programming.