Who Are We and What Do We DoTemple Emanu-El’s Caring Committee creates actions which integrate gemilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness) into the lives of our congregants. As we embark on this journey, we begin with sending a “thinking about you” card in four Life Cycle events: Nechama (comfort, bereavement), Bikkur Cholim (illness), Refuah (times of healing), and Simcha (celebration). Long term actions will be developed in the form of healing shawls, phone calls, visits, and more. All requests come through the temple office through our caring clergy. Misheberach list/Prayer for Healing: If you would like your name, the name of a family member or friend read during the prayer of healing during the Shabbat Evening service please notify the Temple office or our clergy. Hospital Visitation: Our clergy will be happy to visit you in the hospital or call on you if you are ill, but they need to hear that news from you or a family member in order to not violate your privacy. Due to privacy laws now enacted by health care providers, clergy are not informed of the hospitalization of a congregant unless you specifically request that your clergy person be notified. Therefore, please let us know so we can provide support to you during a difficult time. Yahrtzeit List/ Memorial Prayer: Names of loved ones are read prior to Kaddish on Shabbat evening to remember their passing. If you let the office or clergy know whom you would like remembered, their name can be added to the list and will be read every year on the Hebrew or English calendar anniversary and during Yizkor service on Yom Kippur. Please notify the Temple office or our clergy.
Caring Martin Gilbert