"Kesher" means connection. The mission of the Temple Sinai Kesher Committee is to connect and support the members of our congregational community in their times of need. Kesher offers to provide a variety of services including a meal of consolation after a death, or guarding a home during a funeral. Kesher also calls congregants to offer support, sends get-well cards, condolence cards and notes several times during the year following the death, and sends gifts to members' new babies. There are four primary ways to get involved:
Volunteers serve on a team for 2, two-week sessions per year to make calls to congregants who have welcomed a new baby, in times of illness/hospitalization, and mourning following the loss of a loved one. Volunteers may also deliver a Kesher Cares Meal to a family with a newborn or dealing with an illness. They may also order a meal for a family sitting shiva or house-sit during a funeral.
These volunteers handle the administrative responsibilities of a Kesher team by distributing assignments, monitoring communications and reporting team progress to the Kesher Co-Chairs.
Our Kesher Committee is unique because of the strong emphasis we place on training and retraining members to respond in an appropriate, consistent manner, and the systematic approach we have developed to ensure that no one falls through the cracks. A written manual contains the history of the committee, a description of the services provided, and a training manual with specific policies and procedures. Temple Sinai is nationally recognized as a leader in the development of a caring community, and we have trained members of synagogues and churches in Atlanta and throughout the United States.
Living with Mental Illness in the Family: A Jewish Support and Resource Group for Families and Caregivers
One in four Americans is either being treated for a mental illness, or has a close family member who is being treated for a mental illness. This translates to over 50 million people, ages 18 and older. This includes our parents, children, grandchildren, and friends; those with whom we live, work, and play.
How can family and friends help? How can we gain the knowledge and understanding to recognize and cope with mental illness? How can we raise awareness about the impact of mental illness to get the help our loved ones need and the support we require?
The mission of Temple Sinai's R'fuat HaNefesh committee is to reduce the stigma surrounding severe, chronic mental illness in the Jewish Community, and to provide support for one another. No one has to be alone when faced with these challenges.
Temple Sinai takes the accessibility of its services and programming seriously and wants everything offered available to all congregants and guests. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or wish to join the Hineini Committee, we welcome you. We want to continue to be a leader in inclusion and accessibility in the Jewish Community and want all those who wish to become a part of our community to do so proudly and with ease.
Nobody should have to face infertility challenges alone.
All are welcome. Come WISH with us!
From If to When: Finding Support to Create the Next Generation
August 30, 7:00 pm, Temple Sinai
Are you or someone you know facing challenges with creating a family? Please join WISH for its inaugural community-wide event. Light refreshments will be served (dietary laws observed). At this special event, a panel of fertility and legal experts will share important information and resources, and will be available to answer questions from attendees. No cost, but RSVP is requested. RSVP here.
College Outreach allows Sinai to maintain contact with our members who are college students. Gifts and communications from the congregation are sent to students during Jewish holiday times.
We request all college students to complete the form here which provides us with your information at school. Returning College Outreach students need to resign up for College Outreach every year so we can make sure to have the correct contact information for everyone.
Our congregation reflects the rich diversity that is Jewish life in America today. A significant number of our members are in interfaith marriages, are Jews-by-Choice, have children who have intermarried, or were raised by interfaith parents. Many of our couples who are not interfaith may still deal with interfaith issues in their extended families as they are planning Lifecycle events, and it's hard to find a Jew who doesn't face questions of Jewish identity during the holiday seasons. Our Interfaith Program offer support to all of our congregants and enables them to enrich their relationship with Judaism and the Jewish people.