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Care for Our Community

“We need each other at the greatest moments of joy and the greatest sorrows of life.
That’s what we do here at Temple Beth Elohim.” ~ Rabbi Joel Sisenwine

It’s a mitzvah to help and to ask for help.

Care for our community from home

At this time of physical distancing, we welcome any gestures of love and kindness and all requests, no matter how great or small they may seem.


Darchei Tikvah/Pathways to Hope

Our new initiative is working to engage our community to promoting healing, restoring hope, and building internal strength to manage the challenges of this time. Watch a video to learn more.

Darchei Tikvah, Hebrew for “pathways to hope,” is collaborating with clergy and lay leaders to create a series of opportunities for members, including a healing workshop and an ongoing supportive writing group. Check back soon for more programs and resources.

Please reach out with comments and suggestions and join us on this path of personal and communal restoration and renewal.

Stan Berman
Jessica Wolfe
Rabbi Rachel Saphire

Resources for Strength and Coping

Resources for coping during Covid and other difficult times from our Darchei Tikvah initiative.

Mental Health & Wellness

Rabbi Rachel Naditch shares strategies to help us cope with uncertainty. Click here to watch. Click here to view slides.

Temple member Deb Elbaum shares tools for managing stress and moving from overwhelmed to opportunity.

Watch the healing service Cantor Jodi Sufrin, Cantor Shanna Zell, and Noah Aronson led during Yom Kippur.

Music for Hope
Our teens & TBE Youth have recorded songs for us to turn to as we find hope and strength. Click here to listen.
Cantor Emerita Jodi Sufrin shares music to inspire resilience. Click here to listen.

Care for Each Other

Could you use a helping hand?

  • Receiving continued check-in calls
  • Receiving grocery supplies
  • Participating in a “coffee/tea date” with a congregant
  • Receiving technology support

Click here to request a helping hand or listening ear.

Click here to lend a helping hand or listening ear.

Vaccination Scheduling Support

If you or someone you know is now eligible to receive the vaccine according to the Phase Guidelines and needs assistance registering for the vaccine, please click on our secure link: I need assistance. Please encourage anyone you know who is in need of support to reach out—we are happy to assist anyone who needs help, whether or not they’re a member of the TBE community. If you are able to volunteer and help others register for their vaccines, please click on our secure link: I can help.

Save a Life: Kidney Donation

One of our highest mitzvot, the commandment of pekuach nefesh, is to preserve human life. Our tradition teaches us that to save one life is to save the entire world. We have an opportunity to do just that within our TBE community.

This fall, the clergy heard from Diane & Gary Glick that Gary is in need of a kidney donation. Learn how you can help Gary.

We also recently heard from Julia & Matt Glazier that Matt is also in need of a kidney donation. Learn how you can help Matt.

Give Support

Volunteer in partnership with our clergy to support TBE members.

Upcoming Events

Bereavement Outreach

Reach out to congregants who have experienced a death in their family and offer emotional support.

Sign up as one of the volunteers for a specific month.

Carol Whitehorn
Carolyn Kohlman

Pastoral Support
Lev Echad

Call and visit with congregants who are unable to come to the synagogue so that no congregant feels forgotten or isolated. As a pastoral volunteer, you will receive training and guidance monthly by our clergy.

Rabbi Rachel Saphire
Helene Kress

Comfort the Sick
Bikur Cholim

Visit and deliver care packages on behalf of TBE to members dealing with serious illness, injury, or surgery.

Sandy Goldstein
Amy Fleming
Marcy Davidson


Reach Out to Give or Receive Support

New Ideas Welcome

Rabbi Rachel Saphire
781.235.8419 x203

Robin Kalis

Join the Care for Our Community
Email List

Mental Health Initiative

Help de-stigmatize mental illness through education, advocacy, prayer, and support.  

Alan Posner

TBE Mental Health Resource Guide

Watch Rabbi Saphire’s sermon on mental illness 


Bring healing with a home-cooked meal. Prepare and deliver food to a member or member’s family in need of this temporary vital support.

Sandy Goldstein

Shiva Minyan Leaders

Assist the clergy with Minyan Services.

Rabbi Rachel Saphire
Rabbi Sherman

Career Connections

Interested in supporting members of the TBE community as they develop their careers? Help members—from college graduates to seasoned professionals—network and make professional connections as they navigate career transitions.

See below for receiving support for your career.

Joe Finer

TBE Caring Knitters

Gather to knit “healing shawls” for members who are experiencing serious illness or a challenging recovery. You can knit from home, too. New knitters welcome!

Amy Fleming
Julie Wolkoff

Welcome New Babies

Reach out to congregants to welcome their newest family member with a quick visit and special gifts.

Laura Gilman

New Grandparents

Reach out to congregants to celebrate the arrival of new grandchildren with a wonderful gift collection.

Betsy Kessler

Reach Out to Give or Receive Support

New Ideas Welcome

Rabbi Rachel Saphire
781.235.8419 x202

Robin Kalis

Join the Care for Our Community
Email List

Receive Support

Would you or someone you know appreciate a meal, a visit from a TBE member, healing shawl, or care package to welcome a new baby? Need a ride to TBE? Reach out.

Ask for a Visit

If it’s hard for you to get out and you’d appreciate a visit from a TBE member, please reach out. Members of Lev Echad look forward to being in touch with a phone call or visit.

Helene Kress

Ask for a Ride

Looking to get to TBE, but can’t drive? Please reach out.

Susan Karon

Lifecycle Support

Reach out to clergy and our community for support through lifecycle transitions.

Learn more

Support Groups

Take care of loved ones and yourself — ask if a group exists or can be formed. Past groups include bereavement, caring for an aging family member, parenting children with special needs, and coping with divorce.

Rabbi Rachel Saphire

Career Connections

Thanks to Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) for providing resources to help members of our community find employment:

Interested in connecting with the TBE community for support as you navigate a career transition or launch your career?

Susan Karon

Mental Health Support

If you or a loved one is experiencing emotional or psychological challenges, please contact the clergy or Daphna Bernstein, our Mental Health Clinician Facilitator.

Learn about Daphna Bernstein

Download the TBE Mental Health Resource Guide

Watch Rabbi Saphire’s sermon on mental illness



Wednesday morning yoga class promotes health, healing, and wellness. Come by and try a class for free!

Jeannie Goldstone