Second Family is a program which recognizes that congregants dealing with chronic illness may need additional support to provide companionship, transportation, meals or light housework. The teams do what families do: pitch in on a regular basis to help reduce stress and provide comfort. Each Second Family team consists of 4-10 volunteers who make a long-term commitment to provide 1-2 hours of service per month. Care partners are identified by members of the clergy as individuals who could benefit from the help of a Second Family team.
Visiting the sick
With such a large community, there are often individuals who need additional support on a short-term basis while recovering from surgery or illness. Volunteers may be asked to pay a visit to someone unable to leave their home, pick up groceries or drug prescriptions, or just make periodic phone calls to check up on someone living alone.
From time to time, members of our congregation can benefit from having prepared meals delivered to their home. In order to be able to accommodate this need, we maintain a list of people who we can call on to cook and/or deliver meals when requested.
Women who are trying to survive abusive situations are being helped through the Caring Committee in conjunction with Shalom Bayit-NC by "buddies" who offer one-on-one help and support. For more information contact Marsha Stickler at 704-756-9209 and see www.shalombayit-nc.org.
Consoling the bereaved
The Bereavement team remains in contact with mourners in the weeks and months following the death of a loved one, providing a sympathetic ear and ongoing support.
We often have congregants who are unable to attend services or have difficulty getting to doctor’s appointments due to lack of transportation. Please let us know if you are willing to be called when a ride is needed.
Chevrah Kaddishah — A Holy Society
“As he came, so shall he go” says Ecclesiastes. Just as the newborn child is immediately washed as he enters the world, so is he lovingly cleaned and prepared as he leaves this world. The greatest mitzvah we can fulfill is caring for those who have died. This act is so esteemed in our tradition that it is called chesed shel emet — a true act of grace. If you would like to join Chevrah Kaddishah and be trained for performing taharah (the ritual washing and preparing for burial) those members of our congregation who have made that request, please contact Rabbi Schindler.
Every step toward a life of mitzvot, no matter how large or small, is a good one. If you want to deepen your commitment to this covenant, click HERE to let us know how you would like to participate.
For additional information about any of these programs (unless otherwise noted), please call the Temple office or contact Louise Frumkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cantor Bernard at CantorB@carolina.rr.com