Caring Community at RS
In our congregational family, we rejoice with each
other in times of joy and comfort each other in times of sadness.
Please let the Caring Community know if you or anyone in your family is
sick, hospitalized, has suffered a loss, is homebound or if there has
been any other life altering event (good news is also welcome). This
information is held in strict confidence and is shared only with the
rabbis. Notify us in the Rabbinic office at: 215-627-6747 x31 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we may be of service in your
time of need.
To become involved in Caring Community, contact our
chair Julie Wolman at email@example.com or Catherine Fischer at
215-627-6747 x46, firstname.lastname@example.org.
RS Cares: Receive a call or visit or be a visitor
Many RS congregants have been thrilled to receive a call and/or visit from a member of our Caring Community team. In addition to talking and sharing, our visitors bring with them a care package. If you know of someone who would benefit from a call, visit or if you would like to be a visitor, please contact Catherine Fischer, 215-627-6747 x46, email@example.com.
RS Cares about Substance Abuse and Recovery
Many of us are impacted by the disease of addiction, whether individually and/or as a family. We welcome anyone from the RS Community to join us to learn together and to understand how we can best support those in need.
Lay Leader contacts: Betsy and Bob Fiebach, Lee Herman
To be added to future emails about upcoming opportunities contact Catherine Fischer.
Caring for Members in Their Homes:
Neighborhood Clusters: Neighbors Caring for Neighbors
If you are interested in being connected to other RS members in your zip code to help care for another RS member in need who lives in your neighborhood, contact Catherine Fischer. People can participate once or as many times as you can.
Receive a call or visit. Be a caller and/or a visitor
Many RS congregants have been thrilled to receive a call and/or visit from a member of our Caring Community team. In addition to talking and sharing, our visitors bring with them a care package. If you know of someone who would benefit from a call, visit or if you would like to be a visitor, please contact Catherine Fischer, 215-627-6747 x46, firstname.lastname@example.org. Trainings for visitors will be offered at RS a couple of times throughout the year.
Prepare a meal for a family in need or with a new baby
When a family welcomes a new baby into their lives, the occasion can be both joyous and overwhelming. Help ease the transition and make it even more joyous by bringing them a meal.
If you are interested in participating, contact Catherine Fischer.
Cook, Connect & Have Fun
A group of members and prospective members are gathering together each Wednesday* during Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pick-up time between 5-7 PM in the RS kitchen to prepare meals for RS members in need of a meal (e.g. health, recent birth, mourning a loss.)
We welcome your help:
1. Help us cook anytime between 5-7 PM.
2. Help deliver a meal Wednesday evening after 6:30 PM or anytime on Thursday.
RSVP to Catherine Fischer (email@example.com or 215-627-6747 x46).
* Dates are subject to change on weeks of the Jewish High Holidays - please check with us during the month of September.
Spousal/Partner Bereavement Group
The loss of a spouse can be overwhelming and the support of a community can help us move forward in our lives. To help provide the comfort at this critical time, Rodeph Shalom would like to offer an opportunity to connect with others. The group will focus on individual needs in a warm and safe environment. No matter what stage of healing you are in, anyone who has lost a spouse or partner is welcome to join us. Susan Gross will organize the group. She brings eight years of experience as a widow, thirty-three years as a teacher, and a desire to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.
For information, contact Susan Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call Catherine Fischer, 215-627-6747 x46, email@example.com, if you are interested in participating.
Bereavement Group for Adult Children who have lost a Parent
Facilitated by Sandra King, M.S. Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Grief Counselor
A parent dies and because we are adults and may have separate lives of our own the world forgets that we too grieve. In a safe, supportive atmosphere, we will discover that our feelings, thoughts and behaviors are not unique, but are shared by others like us.
Groups will be created on an as need basis. Please let us if you are interested by contacting Catherine Fischer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-627-6747 x46).
Caring During Shabbat
Caring Community Table at RS Services Caring Community will be offering hearing devices and large print prayer books at all RS Friday night services held in the sanctuary on Friday nights. Please look for our RS Cares Table in the Thalheimer Lobby to obtain one.
Any questions contact Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747 x46 or email@example.com
Interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing at Shabbat Services
On occasional Friday night services throughout the year, Josh Steckel will come and interpret the service. Dates will be announced in advanced.
Contact Catherine Fischer for more details.