Dear Congregant, as we continue to expand the Caring Committee to grow into a caring congregation, we want to offer a few tips about visiting the sick. If you are interested in learning more about our Bichur Cholim initiative, please contact Susan Kane or Lois Silverman.
With kind regards from the Social Action/Caring Committeebikur_cholim
About the Caring Committee
In recent years, support services to our community have grown in order to help individuals and families through difficult life stressors. Many of these programs are funded by UJA/Jewish Board for Family and Children’s Services; for example, Connect-To-Care helps those affected by the economic downturn. Most recently our Temple, the Central Queens Y, and Samuel Field Y are participating in a grant that sends social workers out into the community to assess the needs of and provide services to the homebound, isolated, and elderly. Our committee also supports bereavement groups and groups for people who have recently divorced. All of the above help our Temple family in various ways. Our own Barbara Goldstein, a Certified Social Worker meets with Temple members, by appointment, to provide referrals and short-term supportive services.
We need our entire Caring Temple Community to continue reaching out to our Temple members in times of need to add the personal touch that bridges the gap between our Temple and our Temple community.
The Caring Fund
The Caring Committee wants you to know that you and your loved ones are not alone in a time of need. The Caring Fund, thanks to generous contributions by congregants, is available to provide some assistance to Temple members facing a variety of challenges at different times. We use these funds directly to reach out and show our concern by providing items such as shiva trays and flowers to cheer those recuperating at home, in the hospital, or at a rehabilitation center; or by making a food delivery.
The Rabbi administers the Caring Fund. The eligibility to receive help from it is determined at his sole discretion. All information from those seeking as well as receiving assistance is handled with discretion and all information is kept confidential.
We would like to thank you for your continued support of the Caring Fund.
UJA Connect to Care
In this recession, many of us find ourselves in need of support – even those of us who never expected to need assistance. UJA-Federation of New York’s Connect to Care (firstname.lastname@example.org) takes aim at the impact of the economic downturn in the Jewish community. Throughout all of New York City, this program provides a broad array of coordinated services designed to offer you and your family the help you need where and when you need it. Services are easy to access, discreet, and comprehensive, addressing a broad range of challenges you or your family may be facing. The program offers employment and career transition services, financial consultation, and budget assistance; legal services, supportive counseling and Jewish spiritual care.
To access the Connect to Care Center for Queens, call the Samuel Field Y, (718) 224-0566. For additional information contact Barbara Goldstein, the Temple’s Social Worker (information on this page).