The Caring Committee
The Caring Community
“If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” – Hillel
Our Mission is to build connections among congregants by providing comfort and practical help to temple families in times of need or stress, joy or sorrow. As a congregant, you are already a member of The Caring Community, whether you are participating as a volunteer or as a recipient.
Our first initiative is to provide a “comfort” meal for our temple families who have welcomed a new baby into their lives, congregants who have been discharged from the hospital or who have experienced a loss in their immediate family. This meal will be prepared and delivered by individual congregants and we hope you will sign up to be “on call” at least 2 months in a year. By letting us know your availability, we can call if a need arises. Once you sign up, we will provide you with all of the information you will need to fulfill this important mitzvah.
We anticipate that no one would be asked to provide more than 2 meals in a year, unless you are interested in doing so. If you signed up for a month and can’t do it? That’s okay. If you are unavailable when we call, we will go to the next name on the list.
Not a cook? Not a problem. A purchased meal will be just as welcome. This is meant to be meaningful for both the providers and the recipients, not a burden.
We invite you to be a part of our mission to expand the ways we care for, comfort and support one another in times of need and in times of joy. We want to promote a culture in which a lot of us give a little time to reach out to one another, making Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester a comfortable place to turn when we can use a helping hand.
To join our list of volunteers, please call or e-mail either of The Caring Community co-chairs with your name, telephone number and e-mail address.
Also, we ask that you let us know when you or a fellow congregant might appreciate the help of The Caring Community.