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Illness & Healing

At Temple Isaiah we support our members during times of illness through the supportive pastoral care and counseling of our clergy and the member-to-member reaching out through our Angel Network.  If you or a family member contacts the synagogue to let us know you are in the hospital, a rabbi will visit you there.  If you are home-bound because of illness, you will receive a visit at home.  After surgery or during chronic illness, you will receive calls from members of our Angel Network to ask if they can bring meals, help get you to doctors’ appointments, bring your children to Temple classes or programs, or help with other tasks that will speed your healing and aid your family. 

P’tach Libeynu - Open our Hearts

We strive to banish the stigma of mental illness in our community by educating our members about psychological diagnoses, providing a welcoming environment for members to tell their stories and receive support, sponsoring confidential, facilitated support groups, and creating member-to-member opportunities to socialize, offer support to each other and share information on treatment and referrals.  Visit our P’tach Libeynu page or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

HaMakom Grief Support Group

Temple Isaiah sponsors a Grief Support Group for those who have lost a beloved person in their lives. This group meets once a month on Sunday afternoons and offers a safe, supportive and confidential place for you to share your loss and grieve with others who understand. There is no charge to participate.To sign-up and receive details contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Temple office at (925) 283-8575. The group facilitator will return your call and answer any questions you may have. “Grief is not the process of forgetting, but of remembering with less pain.”

Sacred Chant - Healing Circles

For all those in need of healing…for the places in each of us in need of healing…for yourself…for our community…it’s always a good time to be part of a healing circle. Open sessions now meeting monthly at Temple in addition to the smaller groups that go to congregant’s homes in times of need. Beginners Always Welcome! For more information about healing circles & chanting please visit where you can listen to many of the chants & join the growing list of volunteers for this Mitzvah. Sacred Chanting meets monthly on Monday evenings at Temple Isaiah for everyone, as well as in private homes as needed for members of the community who are ill or dying. If you or a loved one are in need of a healing circle, please contact Rabbi Judy Shanks at (925) 283-8575. For information about the monthly Sacred Chant meeting contact Jeanette Gross at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Additional Resources

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center is dedicated to providing Jewish spiritual care to those living with illness, to those caring for the ill, and to the bereaved through direct service, education and training, and information and referral. Established in 1991 as the nation’s first Jewish healing center, Bay Area Jewish Healing Center provides chaplaincy and support services to anyone who wants to see a rabbi, regardless of affiliation or financial resources.