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Caring Community

Caring Community practices help us each of us to feel truly known, cared about, supported and valued. They are based on the development of trusting, positive relationships in which we give and receive care, assistance and acknowledgment during the most difficult and sometimes even during the most wonderful moments in our lives . Hundreds of URJ congregations have developed Caring Community Programs and approaches centered on Jewish values which have transformed them into centers of belonging, mutual support and friendship. Get started with our "Caring Community 101" guides.

The changes in the contemporary Jewish family have brought challenges and opportunities to congregations to provide care, support and creative programmatic responses. The URJ has created a wealth of programmatic resources to assist congregations in their responses. More
Disabilities Inclusion
Resources to assist congregations in achieving full participation in the spiritual, educational and communal aspects of synagogue life for people living with disabilities and for their families. Download guides for disability inclusion and read personal stories. More
Health & Wellness
Jewish tradition commands us to respect our bodies and to strive for health as a means of honoring our relationship to God. Health issues have become a major concern for our families and increasing numbers of congregations have begun to develop responses and programs that speak to the Jewish view of health and wellness. More
LGBT Inclusion
Find resources to help congregations and communities to develop a more welcoming, inclusive culture: referrals to local organizations, liturgy appropriate for a variety of communities and Kulanu, a program guide for congregations implementing LGBT inclusion. More
Economic Concerns
Explore resources for helping congregational members sustain themselves, financially and spiritually, through economically challenging times.


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Rabbi Richard F. Address Fund for Jewish Family Concerns
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Help create caring communities that will meet the needs of Jewish families and individuals of all ages. This special fund named to honor Rabbi Address supports efforts around such issues as Sacred Aging, health and disability issues, addictions and destructive behaviors, Jewish genetic diseases, family life and relationships, LGBT rights and Bio-Ethics.
For Additional Resources and Support
Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, LCSW
Sacred Community
Time Zone: EST
Phone: 212.650.4296
From URJ Books & Music
Seekers of MeaningSeekers of Mearning
By Rabbi Richard Address 

Kehillat ChesedBecoming a Kehillat Chesed: Creating and Sustaining a Caring Congregation (Revised Edition)
By Harriet Rosen with Rabbi Richard Address, Marcia Hochman and Rabbi Lisa Izes

Time to PrepareA Time to Prepare (Revised Edition)
Edited by Rabbi Richard Address and the Department of Jewish Family Concerns 

To Honor and RespectTo Honor and Respect: A Program and Resource Guide for Congregations on Sacred Aging
By Rabbi Richard Address with Andrew Rosenkranz

That You May Live LongThat You May Live Long: Caring for Our Aging Parents, Caring for Ourselves
Edited by Rabbi Richard Address and Hara E. Person




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