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Caring Committee

The Caring Community of Congregation Shir Hadash recognizes our responsibility to care for one another as we fulfill the mitzvot of G’milut Hasasdim — acts of loving kindness. These acts build and nourish a network of relationships which can sustain us throughout the journey of our lives.

The Caring Committee assists members by offering:

  • Friendly phone calls
  • Caring cards or notes
  • Visits at home or in the hospital
  • Mitzvah meals for the ill or bereaved
  • Transportation to Shir Hadash events

The Caring Committee offers guidance and support to members of Shir Hadash through:

  • Special Shabbat services
  • Educational programs and workshops
  • Ongoing support groups
  • Helpful publications available through the Shir Hadash library outlined below
  • Our excellent Life Planning Guide
  • A short guide to dealing with mental health issues

Medical Equipment:
Do you have medical equipment or supplies that you would be willing to loan or give to a member of the congregation? Wheelchair, Walker, Grabber, etc? Contact Cindy Gordon of the Caring Committee who is organizing a Temple clearinghouseDo you need medical equipment? Please contact Cindy as well.

Our Relationship with God

Being God’s Partner: How to Find the Hidden Link Between Spirituality and Your Work, by Jeffery K. Salkin, 1994, 182 pages Rabbi Salkin has developed innovative programs to find spiritual meaning in both great and small moments in life

Finding God: 10 Jewish Responses, by Sunsind and Syme, 1993, 140 pages 
The different ways Jews have spoken of God throughout history 
“What is God?” “How does God relate to me?” “Why is there evil in the world?”

Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration, by Naomi Levy, 2002, 264 pages 
A book of prayers relating to such topics as: food on our table, a prayer before marriage, a prayer for accepting infertility and exploring adoption, a prayer after surgery, a prayer when a child is ill

Health, Illness and Healing

Caring for the Soul: A Mental Health Resource and Study Guide, Edited by Richard F. Address 2003, 136 pages 
Guide was created as a response to the need to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma within congregations regarding individuals and families dealing with mental health issues 
Includes a selection of relevant sacred texts, traditional and modern readings for use in services and support groups, sermons and programs

Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal, by Rachel Remen, M.D., 1994, 336 pages 
Remen is a physician, professor of medicine and a longtime survivor of a chronic illness

The Mitzvah of Healing: An Anthology of Essays, Jewish Texts, Personal Stories, Meditations, and Rituals, Edited by Hara E. Person, 2003, 227 pages 
A guidebook of healing, offering rituals, prayers, and poems

The Thin You Within You, by Abraham J. Twerski, M.D., 1997, 183 pages 
Overeating and its connection to low self-esteem 
How to rely on yourself instead of food in times of stress, anger, and fear 
Forming a healthy self-image and eating habits

Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism and Other Addictions—Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, by Rabbi Kerry M Olitzky and Stuart A. Copans, M.D. 1991, 115 pages 
For anyone seeking an understanding of the Twelve Steps from a Jewish perspective, regardless of religious background or affiliation

Sacred Aging

That You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves

Jewish Perspectives on Caregiving, Edited by Richard F. Address and Hara E. Person, 2003, 198 pages 
Aimed at caregivers, covers such topics as respecting the dignity of aging parents, the spirituality of aging, sharing responsibilities between siblings and other relatives, end-of-life issues, letting go

The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life, by Nancy L. Mace, M.A. and Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H. 1981, 339 pages 
This guide provides all the practical and specific advice you need to make care easier, improve quality of life, and lift the whole family’s spirits

To Honor and Respect: A Program and Resource Guide for Congregations on Sacred Aging, by Richard F. Address with Andrew.L. Rosenkranz, 2005, 113 pages 
Designed to help congregations respond to the longevity revolution by helping older Jewish adults see their synagogues not as places for life-cycle events, but as sacred communities of meaning

Your Best is Good Enough: Aging Parents and Your Emotions, by Vivian G. Greenberg, 1989, 170 pages 
Publisher’s note: “A practical guide for caregivers of the elderly. Real-life examples. Her suggestions are practical and realistic.”

Marriage and Family

Fighting for Your Jewish Marriage: Preserving a Lasting Promise, by Crohn, Markman, Blumberg, Levine, 2000. 305 pages 
Overcoming barriers to establishing a positive Jewish identity 
Exercises focus on solving conflict when dealing with gender roles, work, raising children and religious practice

The Intermarriage Handbook: A Guide for Jews and Christians, by Judy Petsonk and Jim Remsen, 1988, 408 pages 
Offers a variety of options, as well as listing many resources available to the intermarried couple

Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values, by Yosef I. Abramowitz and Rabbi Susan Silverman, 1997, 326 pages 
Asks “Why Be Jewish?”

Jewish Divorce Ethics: The Right Way to Say Goodbye, by Rabbi Dr. Reuven Bulka 1992, 317 pages 
A clear guide to the entire divorce process written by a prominent Orthodox rabbi

Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: Navigating a Relationship Before Marriage, by Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky with Joan Peterson Littman, 2003, 139 pages 
Interfaith marriage issues 
“I believe that once a decision to marry has been made, the Jewish community has the responsibility to do all it can to help that couple and embrace the new family that may emerge.”

Preserving Jewishness in Your Family, by Allan Silverstein, 1995, 243 pages 
Advice is intended to help empower American Jews to seriously identify and confront the problems intermarriage poses to Jewish continuity

Parenting

Living With Kids: Parents at Their Best, The Miriam Adahan Handbook, by Miriam Adahan 1994, 231 pages 
Chapter titles include: Anger Won’t Change Anything, The Learning Disabled Child, Dolphin People and Shark People, Verbal Abuse in the Home

Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Joanne Doades, 2007, 149 pages 
Guide for Jewish parents to help teens into adulthood with wisdom of the Jewish tradition 
Provides real life experiences to aid in difficult times

Resilience of the Soul: Developing Emotional and Spiritual Resilience in Adolescents and Their Families, by Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W. with Yael Shmilovitz and Rabbi Michael Howard 2007, 197 pages 
This book provides essential information for Jewish communities responding to the realities of depression, eating disorder, binge drinking, substance abuse, and self-inflicted violence among teenagers

End of Life and Mourning

A Time to Prepare, Edited by Richard F. Address and The Department of Jewish Family Concerns 2002, 107 pages 
A practical guide for individuals and families in determining a Jewish approach to making personal arrangements, establishing the limits of medical care, and embracing rituals at the end of life

The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One, by David B. Feldman, Ph.D. and S. Andrew Lasher, Jr., M.D., 2007, 186 pages 
Practical advice, clearly explaining medical information, treatment options, and practical decisions that you may need to make in a terminal-care situation 
The book guides you toward opportunities for hope, personal control, and loving family connection during this difficult period

In the Winter of Life, by Bhehoref Hayamim, 2002, 202 pages 
Collection of essays containing important information on the common medical questions that families face at the end of life 
Applies Jewish concepts and values to the issues raised by modern medicine

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