Caring Community

Community support in times of joy and comfort in times of sadness.
Chair: Julie Wolman

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.
To become involved in Caring Community, contact our chair Betsy Fiebach at [email protected] or 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

Neighborhood ClusteRS: Neighbors Caring for Neighbors
If you are interested in being connected to RS members in your zip code to help someone who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, mourning a loss, please contact Catherine Fischer ([email protected] or 215-627-6747 x246). People can participate once or as many times as you can.

Support Group for Parents of Adolescent and Adult Children Who are Suffering from the Use and Abuse of Drugs, Alcohol, and other Substances
Support Group for Parents of Adolescent and Adult Children who live with substance use disorders and related mental health needs.
We meet regularly to learn more about substance use disorders/mental health.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm.
No affiliation with RS is necessary. No charge. Individual and group anonymity is essential and required.
For more information, contact Caron Foundation at [email protected] or contact Rabbi Jill Maderer at 215-627-6747 or [email protected].  

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.

Mitzvah Meals: Creating Profound Connections with Members Who Can't Get to RS
All are welcome to help shop, cook, bake, and/or deliver meals to congregants who can't get to RS easily due to health, recent birth, or mourning a loss.  Meals are prepared on the second Wednesday of each month from 5-7 PM in the RS kitchen.
Dates: February 8, March 8, April 19, May 10

Munch & Mitzvah
December 7 at 12pm
For more information, contact Harriet Rathmill at [email protected]
to be added to our list contact Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747 x246, [email protected]

Caring During Shabbat:
Caring Community Table at RS Services Caring Community will be offering hearing devices and large print prayer books at all RS Friday night services held in the sanctuary on Friday nights. Please look for our RS Cares Table in the Thalheimer Lobby to obtain one.
Any questions contact Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747 x246 or [email protected]

2015-2016 Schedule for Interpreter for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
During occasional Friday night services and holidays throughout the year an interpreter will join us to help us serve our deaf and hard of hearing community members. Dates will be announced in advanced. Contact Catherine Fischer for more details.
Dates are as follows-  
Passover – Tuesday, April 11th at 5:30pm                                                                                                                                         

Caring at Times of Loss:
The W Connection: Helping Widows Rebuild Their Lives
The loss of a spouse can be overwhelming and painful. The support of a community can help provide comfort and strength at this sad time.
W Connection offers the opportunity to connect with other widows in a safe and positive environment. The group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia from 6-7:30. Check us out at WConnection.org. We are the local chapter of a national organization that is open to women of all faiths and ethnicity who are hoping to reengage their lives anew.
If you'd like to learn about the W Connection please email Sue Gross at [email protected] or Catherine Fischer at 215-627-6747x246 or [email protected]