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Caring Community 101

Caring, Community
Use the resources below to help develop a Caring Community within your congregation. One of the keys to success is in tailoring each program to the specific culture of your congregation. For direct personal guidance on "next steps" we suggest that you contact Rabbi Edythe Mencher, Sacred Communities of Caring Faculty, ( or 212.650.4296).

Creating Caring Committees
Sacred Communities of Caring URJ Faculty member Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher answers questions on the how and why of creating a caring committee in your congregation, including:

Why a Caring Committee is Worthwhile
by Harriet Rosen, co-author of Becoming a Kehillat Chesed
Learn the basic steps to building a Caring Community.

How Reform Congregations are Creating Caring Communities
Learn what some Reform Congregations are doing to create Kehillat Chesed.

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
Based on several years of developing and monitoring these programs, this guide will help your synagogue begin a Caring Community program and transform itself into a spiritual communal family.

Seekers of MeaningSeekers of Meaning
Baby Boomers, Judaism, and the Pursuit of Healthy Aging

by Rabbi Richard Address
In his newest and most personal work to date, Rabbi Richard Address, who has devoted his career to helping transform synagogues into caring communities, explores how the notion of a caring community can be transformative for individuals, particularly baby boomers struggling with issues of aging and mortality.


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