Do You Need Support? Can You Lend Support?
The Jewish Federation's Caring Initiative inspires and trains volunteers to visit members of the Jewish community in times of illness. If you know someone in the hospital or dealing with loss, chronic illness, or other life-changing circumstances, who may benefit from the emotional or spiritual support offered by a friendly visit or phone call, please contact Laura Safran by phone 732.588.1804 or email.
The Jewish community is here to assure that no one is alone at times such as this.
Upcoming Hospital Visitor Training
Future sessions will take place throughout the year on various topics including visiting from a Jewish perspective, listening skills, boundaries, end of life issues, and what to do if they need/want more help.
Upcoming Caring Course
No courses scheduled at this time
Would You Like to Volunteer as a Hospital Visitor?
Caring Initiative volunteers perform the mitzvah of Bikur Cholim - visiting the sick. Our volunteers' visits remind those in the hospital that the Jewish community cares about them and they are not alone. If you would like to volunteer, the Caring Initiative can help train and support you in learning the basics of hospital visiting and how to provide support in an appropriate way. We can also help you navigate hosptial volunteer procedures.
Did you know there are 10 hospitals in Monmouth and Greater Middlesex counties with Jewish patients totaling more than 200 per day? The Caring Initiative's goal is to see patients at all 10 locations at least three to five days per week.