Caring for Others – Caring for Ourselves

Our Purpose  

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.

Volunteer Outreach   

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." 

Ongoing Programs

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.

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.  

Mealmakers - Sign up to make an occasional meal for a congregant who is in need.

Welcoming Newborns - TBE parents and grandparents are contacted following the joyful arrival of a newborn.  

Yoga for Health and Healing - Six week yoga series focused 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, 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 learn more about your body. You will discover how to strengthen your physical being as well as your Spirit while releasing tensions often unknowingly held within. 

  • Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 am, May 27-July 1
  • Friends, neighbors or acquaintances are welcome to try our class for the first time on Wednesday May 27 

You can register ahead or on the day of our first session; you are welcome to try a class on the first day of the session before deciding to enjoy the whole series. Register with Kristine Potter.  $72 for Temple Members & $90 for Non-Members per six week session.

Special Programs   

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.    

Carolyn Kohlman, Vice President Caring Community

Click here to download the Caring Community Manual, an overview of our programming.