President's Message: February 2015
From the President – Caring
Life invariably brings with it ups and downs, joys and sorrows. We feel fortunate when we have loving family and friends and a caring community to share in our happiness and to help us cope during difficult times. Yad b’Yad , our congregation’s caring committee, extends its hand in many ways to members in need, such as bringing meals and providing transportation to those who are ill, and providing support after the loss of a loved one. Many congregants are touched and grateful to have help preparing their home for shiva. Perhaps even more appreciated are the words and notes of comfort that are received from the members of their religious community. These simple gestures, as well as the practical and logistical assistance, can be very meaningful to the recipient. I had the honor recently of reading a statement at the Sisterhood Shabbat service, written by a congregant who has been struggling with a serious long-term illness. She spoke of the power of “we” and the significance of those who “smiled or touched my shoulder and gave me hope.” When those around us walk with us through our struggles, it can truly be a source of comfort and healing. Yad b’Yad also administers the Debra Hachen Caring Fund, and can provide confidential assistance to those who find themselves in sudden severe financial conditions. I’d also like to note that Yad b’Yad is co-sponsoring a series of educational workshops for parents of teenagers called “Feeling Anxious - Need to Talk? Parenting Our Teens,” featuring guest speaker, Joani Geltman, an expert in child development and parenting. The first session will be held on March 17. Please watch for more information in the bulletin and weekly e-blasts. There are times when we are in a position to offer help, and times when we can benefit from help ourselves. Both are important, and I encourage you to get in touch with Yad b’Yad when you are able to give a helping hand to others or when our caring community can be there for you or others who are in need.
Please contact the Yad b’Yad co-chairs, and .