The Hineynu Caring Community Celebrates Its 15th Birthday!
Fifteen years ago this summer, in response to the growing needs of Temple Solel's congregants, a caring group of Solel members formed a new committee. The committee members realized that congregants' needs weren't just clergy issues, but that members of the congregation also have a responsibility to be there for other members. This new committee and its services would serve as a complement to the clergy and in partnership with them. The group decided to call itself "Hineynu," meaning "Here we are," after the classical response of Abraham, Jacob, and Moses to God's call - "Hineyni," "Here I am!" The Hineynu Community has since responded to the needs of the Temple's members both in good times and bad --- organizing food, transportation, calls, and visits to the those who are ill or in need of comfort; sending cards of well wishes, condolence, and Mazel Tov; and having trees planted in memory of the first degree relatives of congregants. In addition, the Steering committee has organized the creation of the healing tapestries currently used at the Kol Echod and healing services. Members of the Steering Committee wrote a Guide for Jewish Death and Mourning. The Steering Committee also cosponsors special events and guest speakers to help meet the needs of congregants. Current members who started Hineynu include Sheryl Baron, Linda Hutkin-Slade, Jayne Marx,and Carolyn Berlin. Other current Hineynu Steering Committee members are Karin Bensusen, Barbara Emont, Eileen Ferber, Annette Friend, Magan Hartman, Jodi Lasensky, Dot Omens, Connie Robin, Debbie Rolls, Ruby-Ann Rudnick, Jane Schatt, Carolyn Wolf, Melinda Wynar, and Melissa Maxwell-Junge. Our clergy and staff have been pivotal to the success of the steering committee; they are partners in the true sense of word, and we thank them all sincerely. And additional thanks go out to the hundreds of congregants --- the larger Hineynu Community, who have answered the call to help by writing cards, cooking and/or delivering meals, visiting the sick, and providing transportation --- we couldn't do it without you! "Hineynu!" "Here we still are!
The Hineynu Caring Community We Are Here is a network of Temple Solel members designed for in-reach to families in need. Hineynu encourages participation in fulfilling the mitzvah of Gemilut Chasidim—acts of lovingkindness; visiting the sick, consoling the bereaved, and welcoming the stranger. The Hineynu Caring Community responds to the emotional and special needs of our congregational family, especially in relation to illness, bereavement, and major life changes through supportive services such as hospital and home visitation, and provision of meals.
Hineynu Steering Committee Team Captains:
The Bereavement Guide was written and published by the Temple Solel Hineynu Steering Committee to provide information to congregants in order to better understand our Jewish traditions for death and mourning. Whether you are supporting another through this time, dealing with a crisis or preparing for the future, this booklet offers necessary background along with immediate resources. Click here to download The Jewish Path for Death and Mourning: A Guide to Rituals and Practice.