When someone in our community experiences a loss of a family member, the Bereavement Team steps in to offer emotional and tangible support.
At the request of the clergy and with the congregant's approval, a Bereavement Team volunteer makes a call to the bereaved family to express the condolences of the entire community and to offer support to the family.
The volunteer delivers a challah on the first Shabbat after the funeral and checks back in with the bereaved family two or three weeks later by dropping off a "comfort bag.” The goal of these visits is to make a personal connection.
At High Holiday time, a jar of honey is delivered to all congregants who have had a loss during the year.
If appropriate, a referral is made to Caring Connections (Lev Echad.)
Volunteers sign up for one month during the year, and there are 2-3 volunteers per month to share the mitzvah.