As members of Temple Emanu-El, we are blessed to share moments of personal celebration and joy as well as times of struggle and sorrow, together as a congregational family. Emanu-El Cares invites members to lend support, through a variety of meaningful opportunities, to fellow congregants.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Struggling to build a family? Currently pursuing infertility treatments, donor egg or sperm? Considering adoption? Looking to connect with others on a similar journey? We invite you and your loved ones to join RESOLVE’s Upper East Side General Infertility Peer-Led Support Group. Monthly meetings are held at no cost. Participation and regular attendance are voluntary. To RSVP for a meeting, or contact the volunteer support group leaders, please email us at . Feel supported, empowered and less isolated. Join us and see that you are not alone.
In mid-November, HIAS welcomed a man from Jamaica to the United States as a new citizen. Emanu-El, under the leadership of Steven Portnoy, has partnered with Congregation Rodeph Shalom for the second time to help a newly arrived immigrant settle into his next chapter as an American. If you wish to help, volunteers will be needed in the new year to accompany him to appointments and to show him around the city.
HIAS began as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. A quote from their blog tells us that no matter how far we have come, the obligation to welcome the stranger endures. It reads: “We used to take refugees because they were Jewish; now we take them because we are Jewish.”
Please contact Rabbi Amy Ehrlich to learn more at or 212-744-1400, ext 206
Emanu-El Cares partners with CancerCare
Emanu-El Cares is a resource for temple members through life’s journey, celebrating whenever possible and supporting when necessary. If you are dealing with cancer, we encourage you to take advantage of the resources offered by CancerCare, such as free counseling by professional oncology social workers for patients and caregivers; support groups to help you cope and connect with others; education workshops to become informed about cancer related issues. CancerCare may also help defray the cost of treatment, such as co-pays, transportation to doctors and hospitals, for those who qualify financially.
To learn more: www.cancercare.org
For all of CancerCare‘s free services: call 800-813-HOPE (4673).
To speak with the clergy: contact Rabbi Amy Ehrlich at 212-744-1400, ext 206 or email .
To read a very personal account, from the shock of a diagnosis to the comfort found in a support group, read the essay written by Stephen Fields.
Are you caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s Disease?
Until we can meet again in person, we encourage you to reach out to our partner organization CaringKind for their many resources and ongoing support. Temple members are always welcome to reach out to or any of the clergy should they wish to have a confidential conversation.
For additional Alzheimer’s resources, contact CaringKind NYC’s 24 hour Help Line at 646-744-2900.
Caring Conversations About End of Life Planning
If you want to talk about advance care planning or just obtain information about health care proxies or documents, just email us at .
If you have never signed a Health Care Proxy and become ill or incapacitated, even temporarily, who will speak for you in the event you cannot? Naming a Health Care Agent means someone who knows what is important to you has agreed to pursue the kind of medical treatment you’d want to have — or avoid. Think how that could provide you and your loved ones with peace of mind — right now and if “that day” ever comes.
If you have signed a Health Care Proxy, do you know where it is? Have you looked at it recently? Have there been any changes in your health? Are you still comfortable with the person you named as your Health Care Agent? Did you discuss your choices for medical treatment with your Health Care Agent? If the answer to any of these questions is “No”, now might be the time for you alone, or with your appointed Health Care Agent, to review your Health Care Proxy.
Once you have signed your Health Care Proxy, be sure to take the necessary steps to communicate your plan. It’s important to talk with your Health Care Agent about your wishes, and to give them a copy of your Health Care Proxy. Make sure your primary care physician has a copy of it. You’ll also want to tell your family and/or close friends who your Health Care Agent is and how they can be reached. And don’t forget to keep a HCP wallet card with you at all times!
The trained facilitators at Temple Emanu-El can help members of the temple learn the steps to follow in making their wishes known. Please be assured that confidentiality is of utmost priority — our What Matters facilitators will not share any information about your health care proxy discussions.