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.

Chairs: Betsy Fiebach & Cheryl Dougherty

Munch & Mitzvah: Harriet Rathmill
Mitzvah Meals: Cheryl Dougherty
W Connection: Susan Gross
ReSpectAbility Accomodations: Betsy Fiebach and Stephanie Strauss
Cards: Muriel Kudera and Rochelle Rabeeya
Support Group for Parents of Adolescent & Adult Children Living with Addiction and Mental Health Diagnoses: Betsy Fiebach
Caring for Aging Loved Ones: Miriam Seliktar
Challah for Hospitals: Joanne Gotto
National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group: Betsy Fiebach
National Alliance on Mental Illness Connections Support Group: Brenda Flock

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


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 .

See The W Connection on Seeking Solutions with Suzanne

See Channel Six video about the W Connection

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group
This group is for caregivers of individuals with mental illness and is led by trained NAMI volunteer facilitators. This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Contact Betsy Fiebach.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connections Support Group
This group provides encouragement and hope for individuals living with mental illness. This group is led by trained NAMI volunteers and meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Contact Brenda Flock.

Support Group for Parents of Adolescent and Adult Children Living with Addiction and Mental Health Diagnoses
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. Contact Betsy Fiebach.

ReSpectAbility Accomodations
ReSpectAbility Accomodations: Betsy Fiebach and Stephanie Strauss
The Caring Community ReSpectAbility Group would like to hear from you regarding additional accommodations in services for congregants with mobility issues. Please contact Betsy Fiebach or Stephanie Strauss for more information.

Munch and Mitzvah
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

Challah for Hospitals
Chair: Joanne Gotto ([email protected])
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.