We call. We visit. We help.
Temple Beth-El's Caring Community responds in a variety of ways to the special needs of the temple family. When necessary, they reach beyond the walls of the temple to help strengthen individual, family and community life.
The Caring Community is evolving, as it seeks to meet the needs of our congregants and to take advantage of the skills of our volunteers. We're always looking for new volunteers and new ideas.
Our Caring Community continues to be a model for other temples to emulate. Many of the numerous thank you notes received by our Caring Community are maintained in a scrapbook.
We have also begun working with the Town of North Hempstead's "Project Independence" which assists senior residents who wish to remain in their own homes, by providng them with a variety of servics including transportation.
Priceless acts whose worth cannot be measured.
To learn more about any of the components of our Caring Community scroll down this page.
- Care Baskets, arranges for a platter of sweets to be sent to grieving families that live in the local area;
- Care Cards, writes to congregants acknowledging illnesses or key life cycle events, such as births, engagements, weddings and death in the family;
- Congratulatory Uniongrams, sends telegram-like congratulations to Hebrew High School Graduates and teen and adult Confirmands;
- Floral Delivery Mitzvah Corps, delivers pulpit flowers to convalescent or bereaved congregants;
- Friendly Visitor, provides visits to the homebound by trained volunteers who bring items knitted by Sisterhood's Knitvah Corps;
- Holiday Greetings, sent each year to members no longer in the Great Neck area;
- Knitzvah Group, knits gifts that are distributed during visits made by our Friendly Visitors to our congregants, and knits blankets and caps distributed at Cohen's Children's Hospital, ProHealth Oncology Department and Monter Center at North Shore-LIJ Hospitals;
- Minyan Group, made up of congregants, conducts services during the Shiva period in the home of the grieving;
- Shabbat Bags, are delivered on Fridays to our members who are in local hospitals over Shabbat;
- Temple Rides, provides transportation to temple services and for certain local errands for those unable to drive.
- New Home Mezuzot , provided to members who move into a new residence.