The mission of Congregation B’nai Torah’s Caring Community is to make all members and families feel connected to and cared for as part of the entire temple community. The committee works closely with the rabbi and other temple staff members to ensure that all congregants’ needs are met in a timely and respectful manner.
The Caring Community provides help to congregants in three ways:
Caring Community support includes the following services:
To learn more about the Caring Community, to alert the committee about any needs, or to volunteer, please contact committee co-chairs Laurie Nee at email@example.com or 978–875–0295 or Nancy Donchin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508–877–5630.
When making a donation to the temple, please consider donating to the Caring Community Fund. All donations are used to defray the cost of supplies for TLC bags and other expenses associated with the delivery of support services.
For a copy of the B’nai Torah Mourner’s Guide, please click here: Mourners Guide.
For information about the JF&CS “Welcome Baby” program, please click on the following link: http://www.jccgb.org/metrowest.
Congregation B’nai Torah’s Caring Community is actively looking for new monthly coordinators and to expand its list of supporters to ensure that the committee will continue to be able to provide help to congregants whenever asked without causing a burden on volunteers.
As a monthly coordinator, you will only work on an as-needed basis and perform three tasks: to contact fellow congregants or who are ill, have lost a loved one, or are celebrating a mitzvah (such as the birth of a baby); to determine the ways in which the committee can help them; and to arrange for them to receive the support they need from the committee’s supporters. Best of all, back-up support from the committee co-chairs is always available.
As a committee supporter, you will receive periodic e-mail blasts from the monthly coordinators requesting help such as delivering Temple Loving Care (TLC) bags to congregants who are ill or in mourning, making “Friendly Visitor” visits to homebound or hospitalized members, or providing rides to temple and school events and medical appointments for congregants or their family members who need them. You can choose to volunteer at times that work best for you and for tasks with which you are most comfortable.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact committee co-chairs Laurie Nee at email@example.com or 978–443–4357 or Nancy Donchin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508–877–5630.
Thank you, as always, for your time and support. We wouldn’t be a true Caring Community without you!
In a perfect world, no child, no elderly person, no one in a committed relationship would live in fear of being abused or hurt by someone close. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world. Even in communities like ours, with above average household incomes and high levels of educational attainment, a bully may target someone in person or via electronic media. Some of our teens may be involved in unhealthy dating relationships. An elderly neighbor may be the victim of family or caretaker neglect. A friend may be enduring unreasonable social isolation, economic control, psychological or emotional abuse, threats of bodily injury or actual physical violence by a spouse or partner. All too often, we keep silent until the unimaginable happens. Maybe we are not certain something is really wrong, or we do not want to interfere, or we worry that no one will believe us. If you know someone in an abusive situation, help is available. Information about resources in our area can be found at: www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org. Also know that Rabbi Heilman will discuss in strict confidence with you any concerns that you may have about situations involving abusive behaviors.
The Senior Center and the Goodnow Library are collaborating to make books, audio books and DVD's available to seniors and people with disabilities who can't get to the library very easily on their own. A Senior Center volunteer will bring the material you'd like to borrow right to your home, and come back and pick it up when you are finished. To inquire about this service, call the Senior Center (978-443-3055) and ask to speak with Kristin Kiesel or Claire Wigant.