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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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.

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.

Contact
Stan Berman
Jessica Wolfe
Rabbi Rachel Saphire

Darchei Tikvah Resources

Mental Health & Wellness

Temple member Deb Elbaum shares strategies to help us keep calm during this anxiety-filled time:
Tools for managing stress
Moving from overwhelmed to opportunity

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.

Could you offer your time or skills?

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

Click here to lend a helping hand or listening ear.

Upcoming Events

Thu 22

Midweek Check-in with Susan with TBE Online

Thursday, October 22 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-4
Thu 29

Midweek Check-in with Susan with TBE Online

Thursday, October 29 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-4
Thu 29

TBE Writing Group with TBE Online

Thursday, October 29 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC-4
Thu 29

Coping with Uncertainty with TBE Online

Thursday, October 29 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 02

A Prayer for America with TBE Online

Monday, November 2 | 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5

View more

Give Support

Volunteer in partnership with our clergy to support TBE members.

Upcoming Events

Sun 25

Music Madrichim with TBE Online

Sunday, October 25 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-5
Sun 25

T’filah Band with TBE Online

Sunday, October 25 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC-5
Wed 28

Music Club: The OTHER Lenny with TBE Online

Wednesday, October 28 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 01

T’filah Band with TBE Online

Sunday, November 1 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC-5
Nov 08

Music Madrichim with TBE Online

Sunday, November 8 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-5

Bereavement Outreach
Nechama

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.

Contact
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.

Contact
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.

Contact
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.  

Contact
Alan Posner

TBE Mental Health Resource Guide

Watch Rabbi Saphire’s sermon on mental illness 

Mealmakers

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.

Contact
Sandy Goldstein

Shiva Minyan Leaders

Assist the clergy with Minyan Services.

Contact
Rabbi Rachel Saphire
Rabbi Sherman

Career Connections

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

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.

Contact
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!

Contact
Amy Fleming
Julie Wolkoff

Welcome New Babies

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

Contact
Laura Gilman

New Grandparents

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

Contact
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.

Contact
Helene Kress

Ask for a Ride

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

Contact
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.

Contact
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?

Contact
Susan Karon

Mental Health Support

If you or a loved one is experiencing emotional or psychological challenges, please contact the clergy.

Download the TBE Mental Health Resource Guide

Watch Rabbi Saphire’s sermon on mental illness

 

Yoga

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

Contact
Jeannie Goldstone