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Caring Community

At Congregation Beth Am we strive to be a covenantal community – one united by a sense of mutual responsibility, compassion and care. Members reach out to one another in many ways at times of joy and sorrow, providing help when needed through personal notes, meal delivery, new baby gifts, visits to the homebound, and peer support in times of crisis. Volunteers are always most welcome!

Our clergy want to know if any of our members are ill or in the hospital. If you know of someone who is in need of special attention, please contact the main office (650) 493-4661 or email any of the Beth Am clergy or the listed contact in the logged-in-only accessible section at the bottom of this page. 

Beit R'fuah — Mental Health Support Group
Chevrah Kadisha — Burial Society
End of Life Care — Gesharim
Supporting Those Facing Addiction — Netivot
Mitzvah Meal Delivery
Tikvah Peer Support
Yad l'Yad — Friendly Visitors

Beit R'fuah (House of Healing): Beth Am’s support group for those coping with mental health issues and the family and friends who help and sustain them. The group usually meets the second Wednesday of each month, starting with a potluck dinner followed by sharing and discussion among participants. (See our Mental Health Resource Listing.) Watch the film House of Healing to find out how Beit R'fuah supports individuals and families at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California. To support the film House of Healing, please visit

Chevra Kadisha (Holy Burial Society): Known in Hebrew as the Chevra Kadisha, the burial society gathers together soon after a person dies and takes on the holy mitzvah of ritually preparing the deceased for burial. The process known as Taharah includes washing, dressing and laying the body in the casket to be ready for burial. In addition, our Chevra Kadisha performs Shmirah, guarding the body until it is buried. See Recommended Resources for Those Who Are Grieving and a guide about the Chevra Kadisha Jewish Burial Society.

Gesharim (Bridges) End of Life Care: A congregant-led initiative that offers a support system for Beth Am members facing the end of life. Through films, speakers, conferences and workshops, Gesharim provides opportunities for learning, discussion and compassionate support. Contact:  Rachael Shea; Clergy Partner: Rabbi Sarah Weissman

Netivot — Pathways: A Beth Am Group Supporting Those Facing Addiction: For generations the subject of addiction has been shrouded in a veil of shame. Feelings such as guilt and embarrassment have kept many of us underground while seeking help. Addiction is a medically diagnosed disease and those impacted will be embraced by our community. Netivot is a group comprised of Beth Am recovering addicts and their loved ones, working to support individuals and their families. Our goal is to throw off the veil of shame and educate our community on the tools and resources to overcome all aspects of this disease.

Mitzvah Meal Delivery: Congregant volunteers bring home-cooked meals to members who are dealing with illness, hospitalization or family stress. Contact:

Tikvah* (Hope) Peer Support: This program offers one-to-one emotional support for our members who are facing a life challenge. Trained volunteers assist members who are struggling with COVID-related challenges, job loss, bereavement, illness, divorce, a child in trouble or other difficult situations. The program matches congregants in need with a volunteer who is trained to provide compassionate support in times of crisis. All contacts are strictly confidential and may extend over several months. Download the Tikvah Peer Support brochure to learn more. Contact:
*The Tikvah Program is a lay support program and does not replace professional counseling.

Yad L’Yad (Hand in Hand) — Friendly Visitors: Yad l’Yad offers friendly visits to congregants at risk of isolation. The committee was created in the spirit of the traditional Jewish Society for Visiting the Sick (Chevra Bikur Cholim) and provides congregant volunteers with practical and Jewish guidance for conducting this work, expressed by our mission: Yad l’Yad participants strive to facilitate loving kindness through regular connection with and between our fellow congregants at risk of isolation. We commit to learn and grow in our ability to offer a wholehearted presence with each other. (Report a visit.)

Sun, February 5 2023 14 Sh'vat 5783