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Caring for our community

Thank You to those who have donated to the Caring Committee fund!  

It is your generosity which helps the committee serve the Temple Israel community in some of life's most challenging moments.  Cherie Marcus and Amy Hersh are the co-chairpersons for the Caring Committee. Here are some of the initiatives that the Caring Committee engages in:

  • Organizing meals for those who are ill
  • Providing the first meal for Shiva if the congregant expresses an interest in us doing so
  • Delivering Baskets of Bliss to welcome new babies into the community with a Jewish-themed baby basket
  • Coordinating drivers to help congregants get to medical appointments
  • Participating in Share-a-Shabbat with developmentally disabled adults

We are looking to start a visiting program where we visit congregants who are ill or homebound. Also, we are working with the sixth grade on sending get well cards to people who are ill.

The Caring Committee uses a website-based program that easily organizes meal deliveries when they are needed.  It’s called “Take Them a Meal”.  If you are interested in providing this service for people in our community who are unable to cook for themselves, contact Cherie.  A purchased meal is welcome, if you prefer not to prepare a meal.        

drivers needed / riders wanted!

Riders:  Would you like to come to Temple for services, Torah Study or special events and need a ride?  Please contact the Temple office 914.271.4705 ext. 121 or and let the office know!

Drivers:  Would you like to help someone who needs a ride to Temple Israel or an important medical appointment?  Please contact the Temple Office for more details.  Thank you!



Join TINW congregation members and their families for our SHARE-A-SHABBAT celebration at a group home for developmentally disabled adults. Together we will participate in a short service led by a temple facilitator (Cherie Marcus or Amy Hersh) that includes music and stories along with the Shabbat dinner.  

We are taught, as members of the Jewish people, to respect individual differences. The experience of SHARE-A-SHABBAT will give further meaning to this important experience.

WHEN: First Friday every month, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: The group home is located at 36 McCarthy Drive in Ossining, NY (9A to Stormytown Road, turn right on McCarthy) and can be reached at 914.923.1354.

Please help us to provide this opportunity by participating in SHARE-A-SHABBAT.  We hope to have six TINW members (including families and children) each month.

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Contact the Temple Office or Donna Bernstein at 914.960.6565 if you and your family would like to participate. Let us know which Friday date works best for you and how many people from your family will be attending.

- October 9                 - March 6

- November 1             - April 3

- December 6             - May 1

- January 3                - June 5

- February 7                            

The group home will provide the Shabbat dinner. Volunteers will provide challah and dessert.


This group home is a community residence for 8 developmentally disabled adults. Professional staff from the group home is there to assist us. This year will mark the program's 10th year. It has been a tremendous success, thanks to all the families who participate. Our Temple band has become bi-yearly regulars and it is a program that you will want to participate in year after year.

The residents hold independent jobs or attend workshops during the day. Some developmentally disabled adults do not have typical cognitive abilities. Others have some difficulty coping with stressful situations or acting appropriately in social settings. However, they possess the full complex range of emotions that all of us have and that define us as members of the human family, including the desire to find spiritual meaning in our lives.

SHARE-A-SHABBAT gives these developmentally disabled adults living in our community the opportunity to experience a sense of spirituality.  It also provides members of the TINW community with the rewarding experience of relating to a group of individuals who are different from us but also similar in so many ways.

Volunteer responsibilities

Please arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m.
5:30-6:00 p.m.- Interact / tour house
6:00-6:15 p.m.- Introductions and Shabbat Prayers led by Cherie or Amy at the dining room table
6:15-7:00 p.m.- Dinner
7:00-7:30 p.m- Discussion or Story, Songs, Closing Prayers led by Cherie or Amy

We ask that all volunteers (adults and children) participate and contribute as much as possible:

Prior to Meal - Help set up juice, set table
During Meal - Help serve the meal by passing around platters of food and help serve those who are having difficulty
After Meal - Help clear the table, set up dessert plates/utensils, cut up dessert into individual portions if needed, serve dessert.

We also ask that volunteers spread out and sit among residents during the meal. If you are uncomfortable, just ask the residents about themselves-where they work, their family, vacations they go on, movies and sports teams they like, etc.

Sat, February 4 2023 13 Sh'vat 5783