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Caring Connection

As a congregation committed to the wellbeing of all of our members and to our general community, we are proud to offer support through Caring Connection and other communal efforts. Caring Connection, our Congregation’s hesed network, was founded in order to provide organized assistance to members of our community. We respond to a variety of situations, for example, in times of difficulty, illness, or mourning, or for the exciting and often overwhelming challenges accompanying the arrival of a new baby. Caring Connection facilitates and trains community members as sensitive volunteers to proactively help others through times of need, one of Judaism’s greatest mitzvot.  Not only does this vital assistance greatly aid the individual, it also strengthens and unifies our community and enhances our sense of responsibility for one another.

 

If you know someone who might need assistance, in any form, please email caringconnection@shearithisrael.org and we will sensitively and discreetly coordinate with our volunteer team. If Caring Connection lacks the resources to provide appropriate assistance, we are pleased to coordinate with other congregational and communal organizations and to offer a directory of social services, so as to ensure that members of our community are able to access the support systems that best care for their needs.

 

Caring Connection is made up of dedicated and specially trained volunteers who provide Shearith Israel community members with valuable supports.

 

 We are looking to expand our circle of individuals with a passion for helping others. We seek volunteers to organize, spearhead, and participate in each of the following activities:

 

· Visits and telephone calls to elderly and homebound members of our community.

· Visits to members of our community who are ill or recuperating.

· Meal delivery during times of need, such as illness, mourning or after the birth of a child.

· Transport and wheelchair assistance for members who wish to attend synagogue services or events.

 

 

We also seek individuals with ideas on how we might expand our efforts to better serve our community. Anyone interested in volunteering with Caring Connection please contact caringconnection@shearithisrael.org.

 

To make a donation to Caring Connection and support these essential Hesed efforts, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America. 

1730
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