Caring for Others - Caring for Ourselves
Our TBE Caring Community works in partnership with Cantor Jodi Sufrin and Rabbi Philip Sherman to support our congregation in times of joy and sorrow. We mark sacred moments in our lives together, perform deeds of loving kindness, and offer meaningful outreach to guide our community in living a life of spiritual and physical well-being and promoting self-awareness and connection.
Our nationally recognized outreach programs help make Temple Beth Elohim a sacred community and touches the lives of hundreds of our congregants in meaningful ways each year.
The Caring Community team invites congregants to join our committees and to help in planning and participating in our programs. New ideas are always welcome.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Carolyn Lee Kohlman, [email protected] or 617 823-2797
BEREAVEMENT ( Nechama) volunteers reach out to congregants who have lost a family member, and offer a variety of support services.
CARING CONNECTIONS (Lev Echad) pastoral volunteers, trained and guided by our clergy, visit with congregants when they cannot readily come into the synagogue, perhaps limited by age, disability, or other life circumstances. Lev Echad tries to ensure that no congregant feels forgotten or isolated.
COMFORTING THE SICK (Bikur Cholim) volunteers contact congregants dealing with serious illness, recovering from injury or surgery, often delivering a care package on behalf of the Temple, and evaluating if any further support is needed.
HOSPICE SINGERS the singers bring comfort through song for congregants who are ill or going through serious illness.
MEALMAKERS a roster of congregants who will prepare and deliver a meal for a congregant or congregational family in need of this temporary vital support.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE GUIDE a reference source if you, a member of your family, or someone you know is facing mental health, emotional, or behavioral challenges.
SHIVA MINYAN LEADERS lay leaders who assist the clergy with Minyan Services.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS are offered by the Caring Community to help congregants address individual and family challenges, including caring for aging parents, caring for ourselves, mid-life transitions, and healthy lifestyles. We are always interested and open to developing programs to address the interests and needs of the congregation.
Click HERE for upcoming programs.
SUPPORT GROUPS - past groups have included bereavement group, caring for aging parents, coping with divorce and Alzheimer’s group.
TBE CARING KNITTERS gather regularly to knit comforting “healing shawls” for members of our congregation who are experiencing serious illness or challenging recovery from surgery or illness. It is an informal, “come when you can” group, with no need to RSVP. New knitters are welcome.
WELCOMING NEW GRANDPARENTS reaches out to congregants with new grandchildren.
YOGA FOR HEALTH AND HEALING weekly morning yoga class.
The Conversation Project
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. They developed the original Conversation Starter Kit as a useful tool to help people have conversations with their family members or other loved ones about their wishes regarding end-of-life care. Click here to access their Conversation Start Kit for Congregations.
You can also participate in their upcoming webinar series: Bringing Advance Care Planning Conversations to Your Congregation.