Support for Members in Need -- Caregivers Support Information
Partnership of Clergy and Caring Community Volunteer Support
Clergy Support: Contact: Chime Costello, Rabbis’ Assistant 847-940-7575
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 Chime Costello by phone or email with all relevant information and where you can be reached. Please remember that the clergy cannot support you if they do not know about your situation, so please do call and let us know.
BJBE Caring Community Leadership Team 2013-2014 (July 2013)
Temple Board Secretary: Marti Greenberg, 847-945-4442
On-Board Chair: Margot Andersen, 847-272-4090
Off-Board Chair: Debby Dubow, 847-831-3922
Off-Board Chair: Lynn Wax, 847-965-3801
Secretary: Faith Keidan, 847-945-1928
Past Caring Community Co-Chairs: Marti Greenberg, 847-945-4442 and Terry Sachsel, 847-296-8840
Bereavement Coordinator: Sharon Krivitzky, 847-564-4782. Coordinates all bereavement support for our members.
Cemetery Connections –Erin Dubin, 847-940-0508 and Susan Goldstein, 847-835-4273, Organizes one or more annual congregational visits to a cemetery to say Kaddish as a community. In addition, arrangements can be made for a volunteer to accompany an individual member to a cemetery providing transportation and support.
Grief Support Phone Calls– Sharon Krivitzky, Calls members who have recently lost a loved one to provide support.
Shiva Assistance– Marla Craven, 847-867-8481 and Lynn Reiner, 847-432-2470. Provides logistical & emotional support to members who have lost a loved one and need to plan a Shiva but have no family or friends available to help.
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: Dale Busch, 847-780-4649 and Ted Busch, 847-780-4649. 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.
Bulletin Article Coordinator: Jill Jacobs, 847-724-1035. This person is responsible for overseeing the topic selection and writing of the Caring Community section of the BJBE monthly Bulletin. At times this person will write the articles.
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: Chime Costello, 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.
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.
Medical Lending Closet: Sandra Leon, 847-383-6477. Sisterhood maintains a list of medical supplies available for loan within the congregation.
Membership Interfaith Coordinator: We are waiting for a mandate from the clergy before launching initiatives in this area.
New Parent/Grandparent Coordinator: 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: Laura Passmore, 847-948-8984. This person is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the BJBE Safer Synagogue Action Plan.
Self Help Guides to Family Issues Coordinator: 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.
Soup for the Soul Coordinator: Susan Splansky, 847-955-0453. This person is responsible for organizing two soup prep sessions a year and serving as the Soup for the Soul Ambassador making sure the soup is distributed throughout the year.
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: Chime Costello, 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 Coordinator: Hedy Nuriel, 847-509-9050. This person is responsible for initiating and managing requests for volunteers by zip code for meal and ride support. This person will work very closely with the Prepared Meal Volunteer Coordinators, the Transportation Coordinators and the Cemetery Connection Coordinators.