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WRT's Caring Community provides support and friendship during times of crisis, life transitions, and lifts up the joyful moments of our congregation’s simchas.

Bereavement Support Group - Cantor Abramson and Jane Slevin, LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) lead the group toward finding comfort in community, and process feelings of loss in a Jewish sacred context.

Caring Phone Calls - With clergy guidance, volunteer to reach out to fellow WRT members who are recently bereaved, recovering from illness and/or home bound.

Delivery of Yahrzeit Candles - Deliver yahrzeit candles to bereaved households prior to the first yahrzeit.  While it does not commemorate the end of grief, it does mark the transition as one concludes a year of mourning. 

Healing Service - What is healing? A return to well-being, to peace and equanimity, to wholeness? Perhaps all of these -- and more. Prayer has a powerful healing quality in itself. We invite you to join Cantor Jill Abramson and Nancy Abraham for a service dedicated to the concept of healing. Through song, silent prayer, meditation, poetry and texts on the subject of healing, we will send prayers outward and delve inward, exploring what healing can mean. During this brief service, meeting in the intimate space provided by the Center for Jewish Life (CJL), we will convene in a circle to support and honor one another's supplications and silence.

Note Writing - You don't need great handwriting, just a caring heart. There are times when a note offering condolences or mazel tov can mean so much. If you are interested in writing notes to fellow congregants on behalf of the Caring Community, please volunteer to take a month (your choice), which generally means 3-5 notes per month. We will provide all the materials and support to get you started.

Mishloach Manot for Purim – Participate in this traditional mitzvah at our annual Purim Carnival. The Caring Community booth is set up so that children and their families can both assemble and deliver gift bags to a fellow congregant whom our clergy has identified as needing some Purim cheer. 

Wellness Support Series - Programs offered to support the process of becoming aware and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.   

The 2017- 2018 series is Aging Care: Spirituality, Learning and SupportPast topics have included, What's Jewish about Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer, The Beauty of Remembering and Sacred Aging.

There are many ways that we provide support, concern and understanding. If you are interested in helping Care for our Community, please contact us via email: caringcommunity@wrtemple.org

Allison Buonamassa, Joan Frankle, Donna Polayes and Cantor Abramson