At times of illness, loss, hardship, or convalescence, SinaiCares can facilitate visits in the home, at a senior residence, or at a care facility. SinaiCares trained volunteers make visits to members who have been ill, experienced a loss, or just need some extra support or companionship. SinaiCares volunteers partner with our clergy in the sacred work of g’milut chasadim, performing acts of loving kindness; bikur cholim, visiting the sick; hiddur p’nai zaken, honoring the elderly; and nichum aveilim, consoling the mourner. The Kathie Rabinovitz SinaiCares Program was established in loving memory of Kathie Rabinovitz, a Temple Sinai member devoted to helping those in need.
SinaiCares also arranges roundtrip rides through our ride service companies to Temple Sinai for services, programs, and events, delivers challot to members on the Shabbat of sholoshim (the end of the first 30 days of mourning), and facilitates bringing members together with families who are hosting Passover Seders and Yom Kippur break-fasts. Temple Sinai clergy and lay leaders conduct worship services and lead programs designed to comfort at times of need and during life transitions, such as Shabbat Healing Services, and SinaiCares volunteers visit senior residences to conduct Shabbat and High Holiday services.
To find out more about SinaiCares, if you would like to volunteer, or if you know of someone in our community who could benefit from SinaiCares, contact Karen Auerbach, SinaiCares Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.You can also contact Karen or any of our clergy directly at (202) 363-6394.
At Kathie's funeral in 2008, Rabbi Fred Reiner quoted from the Mishna, "the world is sustained by three things: Torah, worship, and loving deeds (g'milut chasadim)." Kathie's life, he continued, centered on loving deeds and helping others, on teaching and caring.
Kathie's professional training provided the background for an incredible career in social work, eldercare, and education in a variety of venues. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she was a devoted volunteer at Temple Sinai. Closest to Kathie's heart was outreach to our elderly members, individuals recovering from illness or surgery, new parents, grieving spouses and other family members. As our congregation has grown, we have ever more need for such personalized outreach to members of our sacred community. During Kathie's remarkable lifetime, we often turned to her for her expertise, her time, and her capacious heart. Kathie reinvigorated the Member-to-Member committee which continues today as the Kathie Rabinovitz SinaiCares program. Her family has given a generous gift in her memory to continue her sacred work.
SinaiCares Coordinator Karen previously served as Coordinator of Bethesda Help, which provides emergency assistance to residents of Southern Montgomery County. A former public interest attorney, Karen lives in Bethesda with her husband and three children. As SinaiCares coordinator, Karen sets up member to member visits, manages transportation needs and other support activities, assists the clergy and lay volunteers in their pastoral work, and researches and implements best practices to carry out the SinaiCares program. If you are interested in learning more about SinaiCares, please send Karen an email: email@example.com.
SinaiCares Committee Co-chairs
Laura Govoni-Sibariumlgovsib@comcast.net(301) 588-4435
Tara Sonenshinetsonenshine@earthlink.net(301) 928-3197
Karen Auerbachkauerbach@templesinaidc.org (202) 363-6394 x 215
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