Caring Community

As BJBE’s Extended Family, Caring Community provides spiritual, emotional, and healing support to our member families in times of joy and in times of need. Our goal is for all members to feel valued, included, and welcome. To become an active part of the Caring Community, contact Dale Busch or Michael Erdman.

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Clergy Support for Members in Need

Clergy Pastoral Care
The Rabbis and Cantors want to know when your family or loved ones experience illness or death so that they can support you in your times of need. Contact the BJBE office at 847-940-7575 to speak with one of the clergy’s assistants. Be sure to provide all relevant information and where you can be reached. 

JCARES Partnership for Safer Synagogues
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Virtual Food Pantry
In emergency situations when a member has no other source of obtaining food, short-term food assistance can be provided. The clergy handles this concern confidentially. Contact the BJBE office at 847-940-7575 to speak with one of the clergy’s assistants.

Volunteer Support for Members in Need

BJBE Caring Community Leadership Team 2017-2018

On-Board Chair: Dale Busch, 847-780-4649
Off-Board Chair: Michael Erdman, 773-972-1771

Intake Coordinator: Gloria Kaiz, 847-945-3741. When we learn that someone is in need, this person will be responsible for making contact with that member to assess the member’s needs and will make referrals to the appropriate project coordinators to provide the assistance the family needs.

Bereavement Coordinator: Sharon Krivitzky, 847-564-4782. Coordinates all bereavement support for our members.

  • Bags of Hope Project: Renee Busch 847-414-5078 and Rachel Tzinberg, 847-400-5236. Manages the purchase, assembly and delivery of the Bags of Hope to members who lost a loved one over the past year.
  • Grief Support Phone Calls: Sharon Krivitzky, Calls members who have recently lost a loved one to provide support.
  • Volunteer Shiva Minyan Corps: Irwin Goldfine, 847-724-1850. Provides a volunteer Shiva Minyan Leader to members who have lost a loved one, when requested.

Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick; body, mind, or spirit) Coordinators: Michael Erdman, 773-972-1771. When a member is in need of support in the form of a phone call and/or a visit at home, nursing home, assisted living facility or rehab center it will be provided to this member in need.

Caregiver Support & Life Transition Education Coordinator: Carol Berger, 847-205-9793, this person is responsible for providing resources for adult members who are providing care for adults with chronic conditions as well as coordinating Life Transition Education Programs.

Caring Card Coordinators: Dolly DeCaro, 847-296-5902 and Jeanie Pearlman, 847-831-1442. When a member has a life event that requires support or calls for celebration this person will generate a hand written note from the Caring Community to that member. In addition, thank you notes will be generated for volunteers who provide prepared meals and rides to/from Temple and to/from medical appointments.

Healing List Coordinator: Leslie Block, 847-940-7575, This person maintains a confidential list of members in need, in coordination with the Clergy.

High Holy Day Calls Coordinator: Gail Ostach, 847-564-2339. This person is responsible for planning and implementing the High Holy Day calling that takes place in the fall.

Medical Lending Closet: Sisterhood maintains a list of medical supplies available for loan within the congregation.

New Parent/Grandparent Coordinator: Phyllis Pearlman, Temple Office 847-940-7575. When a member has a new child or grandchild this person will send a book with a note from the Caring Community.

Prepared Meal Volunteer Coordinators: Karyn Benson, 847-579-8901 and Stephanie Engelman, 847-945-2350.  When a member is in need of a prepared meal these people will make arrangements for a meal to be delivered.

Safer Synagogue Coordinator: Sherry Rundell, and Margot Andersen, 847-525-1710. This person is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the BJBE Safer Synagogue Action Plan.

Self Help Guides to Family Issues Coordinator: Phyllis Pearlman, Temple Office, 847-940-7575. There are Self Help brochures stored in the Village Center and this person is responsible for keeping the supply stocked.

Transportation Coordinator: Dolly DeCaro, 847-296-5902. When a member needs either a ride to/from temple or to/from medical appointments this person will arrange for the transportation.

Virtual Food Pantry: Temple Office 847-940-7575. In emergency situations, when a member has no other source of obtaining food, short term food assistance can be provided. This is handled confidentially by the clergy only.

Zip Code CoordinatorsCathy Horwitz, Tanya Paler. These people are responsible for initiating and managing requests for volunteers by zip code for meal and ride support. These people will work very closely with the Prepared Meal Volunteer Coordinators, the Transportation Coordinators and the Cemetery Connection Coordinators.

Health Fair Coordinator: Terry Sachsel, 847-296-8840.  This person brings in vendors from the community and partners with CJE to sponsor various health screenings, provide health information, flu shots and mental health information.

Sacred Aging Coordinator: Julie Webb, 847-607-8406

Liason to Sedgebrook: Lynn Wax, 847-767-7701

Inclusion Committee Chair: Jennifer Gendel - 224-515-833