Temple Jeremiah

Caring Community

We love to spread the love

Did you know that Temple Jeremiah has a Caring Community of volunteers available to reach out to fellow congregants in times of sadness and celebration? We love to spread the love.

Here are the services we would be glad to provide for you:

Caring Meals
We would be very happy to bring a meal for you and your family during times of stress or need, such as illness, death, hospitalization, or birth. Let the clergy know or contact Barb Kite or Patty Turim directly. We can’t help if we don’t know! Contact Barb at 847.562.0091 or bkite1002@gmail.com or Patty at 847.291.0021 or pandmt@aol.com.

Caring Rides
Transportation to temple worship services, activities, medical appointments, etc., as needed or requested. Contact Arnie Fishbain at 847.903.7133 or arniefishbain@gmail.com.

Support when struggling with illness
Many congregants are available to provide a caring ear, support, and a helping hand. Contact Rabbi Heaps at 847.441.5760 or Rabbiheaps@templejeremiah.org

Shiva Coordination
We can help make a minyan (a quorum of Jewish adults) so mourners can say Kaddish, help with setting up refreshments prior to shiva, be present at the shiva house to receive trays, etc., and provide general help. Contact the temple office at 847.441.5760 or Eileen Brottman at 847.205.0157.

We have resource lists with links and referrals below. These include providers for individual, marriage, family counseling, family life education, child development, LGBTQ community services, addiction, vocational services, sacred aging, and other topics.

How you can help:

  • Provide a meal for a family. Don’t cook? That’s okay! Take-out is just fine.
  • Provide a ride for a congregant regularly or just once or twice!
  • Attend a shiva service or help with shiva by receiving trays, making kugels, or serving during shiva.
  • Visit a congregant dealing with illness and bring them chicken soup.
  • Be a mentor and friend to a congregant confronting an illness or situation you have faced.

If you would like to help in any of these ways, please contact Rabbi Heaps at 847.441.5760 or rabbiheaps@templejeremiah.org.


In addition to the support of our temple community, we are blessed by a number of resources on the North Shore of Chicago. The following links will connect you to services for different life transitions, challenges, opportunities and celebrations. These organizations provide counseling, educational materials, networking and a variety of other services.

Jewish Child & Family Services: Committed to strengthening individuals, families and communities by helping people care for themselves and others. Resources include counseling, family life education, child development center, gay & lesbian community services, resettlement services, Jewish Healing Network of Chicago, Jewish Marriage Workshops and other related programs.

Samaritan Counseling Center: The Samaritan Counseling Center, a community center for counseling and education, offers a variety of pastoral counseling services throughout Chicago’s North Shore, including individual psychotherapy with adults, children and adolescents, marriage and family counseling, premarital counseling, spiritual direction, educational programs and consultation to congregations and clergy.

CJE SeniorLife: Council for Jewish Elderly (CJE) is an innovative provider of community-based and residential programs and services for older adults and their families throughout Chicago and its surrounding suburbs.

Jewish Vocational Service’s Jewish Employment Network: JVS helps more than 10,000 people annually match their skills to professional or business opportunities through a network of more than 5,000 employers.

Response Center: A nonprofit counseling, educational and resource center serving adolescents (age 12-21) and their families.

Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

12 Step Programs:

Alcoholics Anonymous
Overeaters Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Alanon and Alateen
JACS: Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others
Addiction Treatment and Your Health Coverage

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