Caring Community

Community support in times of joy and comfort in times of sadness.

In our congregational family, we rejoice with each other in times of joy and comfort each other in times of sadness. Please let the Caring Community know if you or anyone in your family is sick, hospitalized, has suffered a loss, is homebound or if there has been any other life altering event (good news is also welcome). This information is held in strict confidence and is shared only with the rabbis. Notify us in the Rabbinic office at: 215-627-6747 x231 or email [email protected], so that we may be of service in your time of need.

Chair: Betsy Fiebach ([email protected])
Munch & Mitzvah: Harriet Rathmill ([email protected])
Mitzvah Meals:Cheryl Dougherty ([email protected]), Stacey Spector ([email protected]), Caren Schiffman ([email protected]), Todd Cohen, Julia Erlichman ([email protected])
W Connection: Susan Gross ([email protected])
Cards: Muriel Kudera ([email protected]), Rochelle Rabeeya ([email protected])
Parents of Children with Addiction and Mental Illness: Betsy Fiebach ([email protected])
Caring for Aging Loved Ones: Miriam Seliktar ([email protected])

To become involved in Caring Community, contact Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747 x246, [email protected].

Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises. The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person experiencing a mental health related crisis. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.  We will offer two 4 hour trainings. Both sessions are required for certification. 
Dates: December 4 & 18 @ 9am-1pm.  RSVP: Catherine Fischer

Mitzvah Meals: Prepare a Meal for a Family Who Can't Get to RS
Cook, Connect & Have Fun

We will cook meals Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm for RS congregants who can't get to RS due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss. All
welcome to help shop, cook and deliver.
We welcome your help:
1. Help us cook anytime between 5-7 PM.
2. Help deliver a meal Wednesday evening after 6:30 PM or anytime on Thursday.
RSVP to Catherine Fischer ([email protected] or 215-627-6747 x246)
For more information about volunteering, click here.
To receive a meal click here. 

The W Connection - Helping widows rebuild their lives
Susan Gross, RS member, author of Someone Used to Love Me: A Positive Walk Through the Loss of a Spouse*, former teacher and widow, leads discussions for members and their friends who are ready to rebuild and take control of their future.
Click here for more information about the W Connection.
Cost: W Connection Membership fees are $40 annually. If you would like to continue attending the monthly chapter meetings please go to The W Connection website to join and pay your dues.
If you are new the The W Connection and would like to attend a trial meeting, contact Catherine Fischer or Susan Gross ([email protected]).
The group will meet from 6-7:30 PM at RS.
* Someone Used to Love Me: A Positive Walk Through the Loss of a Spouse can be ordered on amazon.com .

See The W Connection on Seeking Solutions with Suzanne

See Channel Six video about the W Connection

 

Support Group for Parents of Adolescent and Adult Children Living with Addiction and Related Brain Disease
We meet regularly to learn more about substance use and mental health disorders; share experiences/resources; and explore how to appropriately support our children. Anonymity respected. 
We meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.
No affiliation with RS is necessary. No charge.
For more information, contact Caron  or contact Rabbi Jill Maderer at 215-627-6747 x216 or [email protected]

Munch and Mitzvah
Wednesday, December 13 @ 5pm
For the past several years, we have gathered at RS to make Hanukkah gift bags for our congregants who have difficulty getting here. Working together, we can usually make 50 beautiful gifts. These are hand-delivered to the congregants, creating new and important relationships. Please join us for an enjoyable hour to help us prepare the Chanukah gifts and messages. Drinks will be provided, but feel free to bring your lunch. Please mark your calendars, and let either Catherine Fischer or Harriet Rathmill know if you can join us, and/or if you can help deliver the gift bags. We look forward to seeing you!
For more information, contact Harriet Rathmill at [email protected]t
to be added to our list contact Alicia Broudy at abroudy@rodephshalom.org

Challah for Hospitals
Chair: Joanne Gotto ([email protected])
Challah Delivery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Pennsylvania Hospital
Volunteers visit Jewish in-patients in the hospital on Friday afternoons. Each patient is given a challah and a prayer card.  The time commitment is 1-1.5 hours per session. All volunteers have to have up to date immunizations, including flu vaccinations and PPD, a criminal background check, and child abuse clearance.  Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.  Interested congregants may contact Joanne for more information, and she will connect you to the schedule coordinator and Volunteer Services Director.

Caring for Members in Their Homes: Neighborhood Clusters: Neighbors Caring for Neighbors
If you are interested in being connected to other RS members in your zip code to help care for another RS member in need who lives in your neighborhood, contact Catherine Fischer. People can participate once or as many times as you can.
Receive a call or visit. Be a caller and/or a visitor
Many RS congregants have been thrilled to receive a call and/or visit from a member of our Caring Community team. In addition to talking and sharing, our visitors bring with them a care package. If you know of someone who would benefit from a call, visit or if you would like to be a visitor, please contact Catherine Fischer, 215-627-6747 x246, [email protected]. Trainings for visitors will be offered at RS a couple of times throughout the year.
Prepare a meal for a family in need or with a new baby. When a family welcomes a new baby into their lives, the occasion can be both joyous and overwhelming. Help ease the transition and make it even more joyous by bringing them a meal.
If you are interested in participating, contact Catherine Fischer.