CBI’s Caring Community program is the link to our members from birth until death, in times of sickness and health, and in times of sadness and joy. Our volunteers work to bring our members closer together and create community where none exists, as well as to bring Judaism to those unable to come to us.
We realize there is no one-size-fits-all approach to helping people and try to respond to each person’s needs individually, reaching out to different members of our sacred community to achieve this.
How to Get Started:
If You Need Assistance: Because of current privacy laws, synagogues are not notified when a congregant is in the hospital. Therefore, we rely on YOU to let us know when times are difficult or when someone you love is in the hospital. Please contact our Caring Community Volunteer Coordinator, Sam Rosenberg, to let us know if you need our assistance.
To Volunteer: One of the best ways to develop lasting relationships within our sacred community is to reach out to those in need. We are curently seeking volunteers for all types of helping tasks and will provide all training you need to help fulfill these important mitzvot. Please contact CBI’s Caring Community Volunteer Coordinator, Sam Rosenberg to get involved or fill out this interest form.
Some of the Things We Do:
Our goal is to invite as many of CBI’s members as possible to do this sacred work. Please let us know if you NEED our help or if you CAN help with these important mitzvahs:
- Writing Caring Cards is a simple gesture with a strong impact. These cards can be used to keep in touch with people for a large variety of reasons: someone on the R’fuah (healing) list, anyone not on the list that you know of who is facing challenges in their life and appreciates support, members who recently observed a yarzheit, families that just had a simcha (happy event) like a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding or birth, CBI volunteers who can be given more thanks and recognition for their efforts, or for a member’s birthday.
- Phone Visits are a way to develop a relationship and check in with someone who is in need of caring, but may not want or need a visit in person. A call, or in some cases, regular phone calls, to someone who just returned from the hospital, finished shiva, had a baby or are homebound for various reasons can help them feel less isolated.
- Meals are an extra special way to show that we care. Having a delicious, nutritious, ready-to-eat meal at home can also be a huge relief to those who are homebound because of an illness or disability, those who recently experienced a death in their family or who recently had a baby.
a) Making Meals: We need volunteers to make meals. Meals can be made at home or in the CBI Kitchen and stored in the CBI refrigerator or freezer for a short time before they are delivered.
b) Taking Meals: We need volunteers to take meals. Volunteers can deliver meals that have been stored in the CBI Kitchen. Volunteers can also pick up a simple meal like rotisserie chicken, a side and a bag of salad with an HEB gift card from CBI.
4. New Baby Baskets are a meaningful way you can help connect new parents to CBI. Baskets or gift bags will need to be filled with homemade and Jewish baby items that will be stored at CBI and delivered to the family’s home.
a) Knitting/Crocheting/Quilting kippot, booties, hats, blankets, etc. for new babies in a fun way to use your skills to connect new parents to CBI. These items will be put in the “new baby” baskets. You can knit at home or we can connect you with other knitters to make this a social activity, too!
5. Hospital Visits can include visiting members in nursing homes, rehab centers or even at home. Visiting the sick is and shows the person you are visiting that someone outside their family cares.