TBA Cares Committee
To be a holy community, we need to be a caring community.
The TBA Cares Committee is the Temple’s internal caring community. We support members of our congregation during times of joy, need, and sorrow with compassion, respect, and confidentiality.
We provide services such as:
- Meals when needed
- Ordering Shiva fruit arrangments
- “Check in” calls during illness and after Shloshim
- New member welcome calls
- Condolence notes
- Transportation when requested and available
- A directory called “Resources for Easier Living” to assist congregants in finding diverse local services (more information below)
We recently received the following notes:
“I can’t thank you all enough for helping us out during this incredibly difficult time. I guess I didn’t know how good the boys and I had it with (wife’s name) cooking meals on a nightly basis. We both appreciate this so much and look forward to getting this whole ordeal behind us.”
“Thank you for the fruit arrangement in memory of my father. When you share a joy with a friend, it becomes two joys; when you share a grief, it becomes half a grief. (Yiddish proverb) The joy of memories of our Dad and Grandpa are multiplied by the family and friends who remember him; and our infinite grief has been halved by your expression of sympathy.”
Committee members also make follow-up calls weeks and months later to check in to offer continuing support if it is needed. This takes “person power” and we are always happy to have new members of the committee. Your commitment need not be time consuming – an interest in reaching out in some way is all that is necessary. If you can provide all or part of a meal, make a follow-up call, call a new member to say “welcome” or possibly offer a ride to Temple, please let us know! We truly wish to be of service and expand our help as we expand our number of helpers. A big thank you to those of you already in our “caring corps”!
Please do not hesitate to contact Evan Krichevsky with questions or concerns. Congregants who need the assistance of TBA Cares can always reach us at the contact listed above. We try to reach out first, but if you need us, please contact us.
Resources for Easier Living
The TBA Cares Committee has compiled a network of resources that have been used by other congregants. We requested descriptions of positive experiences involving care for all ages and a variety of needs. If you wish to give us further information or suggestions, please email Rhona Arbit.