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Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley

What a Jewish Community Can Be

A welcoming and giving reform congregation committed to social justice, on-going learning, vibrant spirituality, diversity and the State of Israel
Yom Rishon, 4 Tishri 5778


Caring Community Committee

Mission Statement:

To transform Temple Emanuel into a more cohesive and loving community, committed to fulfilling God's Mitzvot:  we have formed a Kehilat Chesed, a Caring Community – members sustaining members in times of joy, need, and sorrow, with compassion, respect and confidentiality.

Hesed (Loving kindness)

Our mission is to enhance and nurture the spirit of community within our growing congregation by addressing the emotional and/or special needs of all our congregants throughout their individual life cycle events.  Every member is a Hesed Haver and may be called upon to help celebrate, support and/or comfort others in need within our congregation.

HESED/Caring Community Vision Statement

Our vision is to inspire and engage all Congregation households to participate in mitzvot of mutual support and loving kindness for the benefit of the entire congregation.

Be A Hesed Haver of our Caring Community 

Help us grow our community of loving kindness. Hesed Haverim help congregants by visiting those who are ill or homebound, making Shiva calls, attending a Minyan, sending a card, preparing a meal and so much more.  Be sure to view our Food Guidelines for providing food for a local family. Whatever your talents, we always need more help.  To learn more, contact Patricia Cohen, Hesed Caring Community Chair at (845) 338-6180.

The Shiva Minyan: How to Attend, How to Lead... attend one of our workshops, come to a meeting and read our Shivah Guidelines.  Take the mystery out of what it means to attend shiva. Learn how you can be a compassionate visitor and neighbor in your community.

Our Congregation is creating community-wide networks for people to lend support in times of need, starting with the concerns around bereavement and illness.

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If you or someone you know is ill, recovering from surgery, or homebound and would like a visitor, please let us know.  If you are involved with Bikkur Holim - visiting the sick - click on some of our suggestions to help make it a good visit: Bikkur Holim Hesed Guidelines What Do I Say?  (Bikkur Holim Hesed Guidelines coming soon)