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Caring Community

Helping Hands Helping You

Take our Hand

Dealing with life’s challenges can be hard. We don’t have to do it alone. 

  • We will help you
  • We will help someone you know who needs help

            It is hard to ask for help.
            If you know someone who can use some, let us know. 

  • Help us Help

Join The Oak Park Temple Caring Community as we lend our hands to help.

The Caring Community of Oak Park Temple is made up of volunteers who are here to assist our Temple members as needed. There are four groups within the Caring Community:

  • Bereavement / Ozerim – Shiva preparation and follow-up after a loss.
  • Drivers – Getting people to appointments and Shabbat Services
  • Life Cycle – For those needing advice regarding anything from Brit Milah to college information, interfaith marriage, etc.
  • Bikur Cholim – Visiting the sick, sending meals to homes, grocery shopping, helping with a new baby. etc.

If you know someone who can benefit from any of these services, please contact any of the names on the right or the Rabbi or Cantor. You can also email or call the Temple office at 708-386-3937.


Please also use the same contacts on the right if you are interested in volunteering in any way for the Caring Community.


The Caring Community has been up and running for over a year now. Many services have been provided and we look forward to continuing to reach out and touch the lives of even more folks within our temple family who might need help as well as provide programming to support the work of our volunteers. If you are interested in joining the team, this would be a great time to do so. Please let us know if you would like to provide volunteer services in the areas where we have seen the most demand:

1. Preparing and/or delivering meals

2. Visiting folks at home, in the hospital or in rehab facilities

3. Helping with shivas

4. Running errands


Caring Community Contacts

Caring Committee Chairs

Karen S. Gillett - 708-955-3477
Ali Mandell - 773-213-4334
Maurie Stern - 708-771-3242

To reach the committee chairs, please email or call the Temple office at 708-386-3937.

Caring Subcommittees

  • Bereavement / Ozerim – Vanessa Klugman, Amy Pokras
  • Drivers – Meg Ross, Craig Silverman
  • Life Cycle – Amy Drescher-Crumply, Julie Lulu
  • Bikur Cholim – Stewart Goldman, Liz Simon, Jen Trudell
Sat, August 13 2022 16 Av 5782