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The Caring Community

The Caring Community provides bikur cholim, an outstretched arm for the homebound and ill.

We are here for you!

Is someone ill and in need of community support? Call our Temple, and our trained volunteers will extend a hand and bring the blessings of the congregation to you. Chairperson Andrea Pflug and Program Chairperson Susan Grad make it all come together. Look forward to Body and Soul programs that link Judaism and health.

The Caring Community Program

Are there moments in life when you've been ill, when you wanted a little support, a little concern from someone outside your family circle? Are there moments when you've faced challenges and wished you could talk with another adult, someone who is not your son or daughter, someone who is not your parent? Perhaps there are times when you just want to open your heart when faced with a life transition such as diagnosis of breast cancer, or an illness of a young child, or a death in the family.

Call us at (424) 208-8932 and ask for Phil Wallace.

Our volunteers, or Chavers, come from diverse backgrounds but have one thing in common: we are all Wilshire Boulevard Temple members who wish to be of service. A Chaver becomes a unique friend, there to listen and offer support. They are supportive, empathetic individuals who give their time to extend a hand and lend an ear.

The Caring Community trains volunteers from all walks of life to be of service to individuals and families within our synagogue.

They serve in our program, offering support to Temple members facing difficult life challenges. Chaverim are trained to listen and offer support a few hours a month. Chaverim come with warmth and enthusiasm. They understand and maintain confidentiality. Over 30 volunteers have been professionally trained to serve as Chaverim. We also provide continuing education, with full continuing education credit. If you would like to become a Chaver or learn more about the Caring Community program, please contact Phil Wallace at (424) 208-8932.

Get In Touch

If you or another member of the congregation is facing special challenges, whether grief or a difficult life transition, please call our volunteer coordinator, Phil Wallace in the Rabbis’ offices at: (424) 208-8932.

See and hear Jan Burns and Patti Stein speak about volunteering.

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