Caring for one another is our obligation!
The Torah commands us to perform g’milut chasadim—deeds of loving kindness. So, in a sense, we are all members of Beth HaTephila’s Caring Community.
The CBHT Caring Community’s Vision is of a congregation where people support and care about one another and are able to participate fully in their community.
Our purpose is to make a positive impact on the lives of our congregants and their families by creating and providing a personal touch that enhances well-being and inspires them to stay connected.
- Bakers/ Meal Trains – We provide meals through the meal train which is a program that allows all the volunteers to put in their names and what they will bring to the congregant. This saves a lot of time and eliminates many phone calls. We also have a special program that allows volunteers to sign up and say what they are bringing to a Shiva or other service where the congregant just needs sweets/savory items.
- Bikkur Cholim – This team visits our congregants in the hospital, in rehabilitation and/or in hospice.
- Kehila – We send out cards to our members in crisis, those healing from an illness, and most especially, to let them know we are thinking of them, that they’re in our hearts and prayers.
- Knitters – CC has been blessed with several women who are willing to knit beautiful “healing prayer shawls” for those facing a serious illness or the loss of a loved one. Our plans for the future are to incorporate Crocheting within this team. We are looking for women or men who know how to crochet and would like to make small Kipot for our newest littlest congregants. Also in the works is to make “finger blankets” for those littlest congregants. These are quite simple, requiring minor sewing skills. These last two plans are in the works and we welcome anyone wishing to help and get involved.
- Nechama – This is one of the most meaningful acts you can perform for a family that has lost a loved one. We set up for the Shiva service, provide sweets and/or savory items, set up service for coffee, water, and/or soft drinks. We are also willing to assist the family in arranging for a light meal following the funeral or memorial service in Dave Hall or at the home.
- Chevra Kadisha – This is a very special team. This is the preparation for burial of our family members and friends. I am the liaison with Congregation Beth Israel, as we work together for these occasions. We have a small cadre of volunteers, so it makes it easier to accommodate our families’ wishes. You can be trained on site, hands on. This is the last loving act you can do for this person and their family.
- R’Fuah – Maintain contact with our congregants who are recovering from an illness at home and determine if their needs are being met and/or if they have need for further assistance. This team also keeps in touch by phone or visits with our older seniors who cannot get out as much as they used to. The need is to keep them connected.
- Simchas/Connections – This team often overlaps with other teams, such as Baker/Cooks, Kehila, and Nechama. We remember our young people while they are away from home, welcome new babies to the family, provide meals when needed, support conversions, send cards of congratulations to the parents of the wedding of their children, special birthdays and anniversaries.
- Special Needs – Our team leaders continue working with our children that are in need of a bit of one-on-one. They are working closely with their parents as well, giving support.
It would be my pleasure to welcome you onto one of the teams that you feel drawn to and wish to become a part of.
Please contact Dionne Kempenich, Coordinator, at the Temple Office.