RSNS is a member of PICC (Partners in Community Care), a Jewish community social service partnership. PICC’s caring and experienced social work staff are here to support us through normal life-cycle transitions, crisis and changes. PICC provides short term counseling for individuals and families, support groups, referral services and synagogue workshops. For more information, call 484-1545 x196 or click the following link to visit their website.
Mutual Support is the concept of community, of belonging together and helping one another, it has always been central to RSNS. We are all part of the mutual support committee network. Celebrating simchas and providing assistance to each other during stressful times strengthens our community. Tzedakah (social justice) and gemilut hesed (acts of loving kindness) in both social action and everyday interactions reflect both traditional Jewish values and Reconstructionist thinking.
In response to Synagogue growth, the Mutual Support Committee was created to provide a structure through which our values can be effectively expressed. Though the Committee creates a framework for providing help, the real “mutual support” comes as members of the congregation assist each other. Consequently, when help is needed, we all share the responsibility to provide it.
What the Mutual Support Committee has done in the Past
For over 25 years, the Mutual Support Committee has mobilized congregation members to provide:
· a meal for a mourning family
· assistance with everyday tasks in times of sickness or death of a loved one
· the Cooperative Dinner, a great way for us to get to know one another better
· transportation to doctor’s appointments or Synagogue activities
· hospital or home visits
· care packages along with greetings from our clergy to our young adults who are away during Jewish holidays
· a pre-arranged funeral plan
· workshops regarding relevant Jewish and family lifecycle topics.
What we are doing now?
It is time to review and revitalize Mutual Support in our community. A larger committee has been meeting to re-examine how to structure committee functions to improve how help is provided within our community. It is time to bring the congregation’s commitment to “Mutual Support” to the attention of our community.
To accomplish these goals, we are working on the following:
· More articles in the Shaliyah to highlight what we have been doing and encourage people to think about how they can
participate in mutual support.
· Creating a list of what assistance we might be able to provide. Even if what you need does not fit the list, ask anyway,
we will evaluate whether we can meet your need or help you find someone who can.
· Reminding us during services of those community members in need of our thoughts and prayers.
· Offering support during happier times (although still stressful) like the birth of a new baby.
· Continuing prior activities listed under what Mutual Support has done in the past.
We Welcome You to Join the Committee
Check the calendar for the date and time. As the Committee continues to meet, we will continue to think through and shape our efforts. We welcome any thoughts and ideas from the congregation. Feel free to contact Ilse Sander (627-5123) or come to our next meeting.
Please let us know if you or a friend needs support or if you are able to offer support to a fellow congregant.