The Caring Community supports and connects with the members of the TBA Family. We provide compassionate outreach to our congregants for a wide variety of life cycle events and connect members to each other and to our temple in a meaningful way. Our Caring Community is made up of members from across our congregation and is multi-generational. From one-time opportunities to provide care for someone to ongoing initiatives, there are many ways to take part in making TBA a caring and compassionate community.
If you would like to get involved please contact Suzy Willard Rosenthal, Caring Community Chair, or Susan Glickman, Cantorial Soloist.
If you or someone you know is celebrating a joyous time or is in need of support through a challenging time, please reach out to us. You may contact Linda Garmon by email or at the Temple office at 617.527.0045 or contact Susan Glickman or Rabbi Keith Stern.
How can I help?
Cook a meal to deliver to someone facing illness
Provide a ride for a senior coming to and from TBA
Make a connection and ongoing visits with a senior
Knit with our Knitting Group to make shawls, blankets, scarves, and baby caps for our members and for donation
Delivery a bag for someone who has lost a loved one, a family who has welcomed a child, or a member who has recently moved
Support a family who has lost a loved one by assisting with the shiva food, leading a shiva minyan (with training), and ongoing outreach
Assemble boxes of gifts around holidays to send to our college students
How can the Temple help me?
In times of joy and times of sadness, our clergy provide support to members of our congregation. If you’d like to make an appointment with Rabbi Stern or Susan Glickman, please contact the front office.
Taking care of the Sick (Bikkur Cholim)
We provide meals delivered to your home, clergy hospital and home visits, and ongoing support to individuals and families who are facing short or long term illness.
In addition to programming at TBA and in the community for our seniors, we help arrange rides to and from temple as needed and arrange in home visits with volunteers and clergy.
TBA Knitting Group
Our Knitting group creates shawls, lap blankets, scarves and baby caps to be delivered as part of our Caring Community’s outreach to our members in need, to Elders at Hebrew Senior Life nursing care and to those who are served by The Victory House at Boston Living Center. All are welcome to drop-in on scheduled Sundays at 10:00 a.m. to knit and nosh! Click on the TBA calendar for the dates.
Comforting the Bereaved (Chesed)
In the days following a loss, members receive support from our clergy and bag of comfort to the mourner. In addition, we deliver memorial bags around the High Holy Days to those who have experienced a loss in the past year. We have a group of trained shiva minyan leaders to assist a family when needed. We are in the process of creating a new outreach team who will be trained to support families through phone calls and other assistance.
Sharing our Joys (Simchas)
Our Simcha Team delivers care packages to families with newborn babies and beautiful mezuzot to member families who have moved to new homes! In addition our clergy is available for baby namings and to hang your mezuzah with you. We encourage you to share all your simchas and joyous news with us so that we can properly congratulate you!
College Connection helps our college kids stay connected to TBA and to their Jewish Identity through TBA Care packages at holiday times 3 times per year.