Hesed/Pastoral Care

During this time we know that there are many needs in our community – spiritual, emotional and physical. We also know that we have many resources amongst us and that while we might not be physically able to gather, we are still “stronger together.”  With that as our principle, the pastoral clergy team, Rabbi Mira Rivera, Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, and Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman and the Hesed Committee Co-Chairs, Shelley Cahn, Valerie Kanofsky, and Mijanou Mosher, are here for you.
If you need support from our Hesed Committee, please reach out to the Hesed Co-Chairs by emailing hesedchairs@romemu.org. Such support may include: assistance ordering food online or by phone, picking up and delivering medications, and helping obtain any other essential items that cannot be ordered online or delivered by the vendor. During this intense time, we intend for these services to be used for those who live alone and do not have other support. If you are available to help support those in need (in a safe way – guidelines will be given to you), please also reach out to hesed@romemu.org. 
We want to check in with each one of you, one-on-one, to see how you are doing, listen to how you are feeling, ask for what you need, and accept what you can offer to others. Based on our call for volunteers last week, over 25 Romemu community volunteers have already reached out to over 250 Romemu members, one-on-one. It is heartwarming, heartbreaking, sacred work. A huge “Thank You” to all our amazing, holy callers, and to our Yad B’Yad membership and Hesed committee leaders for organizing. WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS! To help call those in need, or to offer assistance in other ways, sign up by clicking here or email miriam@romemu.org. If you need help, and/or you think you are sick, please email emergencies@romemu.org or call (212) 580-4294, press 1, and leave a message.
We are so grateful for your service.
What is pastoral care, you might be wondering?
Pastoral Care is a model of spiritual and emotional support in which clergy members support people in their pain, loss, and anxiety, as well as in their joys and blessings. It’s a holistic approach that focuses on guiding, supporting, healing and empowering people to draw upon spiritual resources. It is not psychotherapy and clergy may refer individuals to therapists. Sessions last for 45-50 minutes, are usually limited to three consecutive sessions, and are intended for Romemu members only. Since our clergy acts as a team, any one of our pastoral clergy may meet with you. Please note, the clergy meets weekly as a team to confidentially discuss pastoral cases. Although you will only be meeting with one member of the team, you will have the benefit of the expertise of the whole pastoral team to support you.  
For pastoral emergencies, such as a death in the family, please email emergencies@romemu.org or call (212) 580-4294, press 1, and leave a message.