Weekly Shabbat Message

In the six weeks leading to Pesach, Reform Judaism is asking all of its 42 Reform communities to take part in the Connecting with Members Telethon. The Telethon is part of Reform Judaism’s Communities that Care Initiative, launched in 2016 to strengthen communities and inspire members.

The Telethon involves community members themselves calling other members of their congregations to wish them Chag Sameach, a happy Passover, ensuring that everyone who wishes has a Seder to go to and listening out for signs of isolation and loneliness.


Launching the Telethon, Maureen Lipman said: “Synagogues shouldn’t be about names on membership lists, they need to be about people and relationships. That’s why I am supporting this wonderful initiative from Reform Judaism tackling isolation and loneliness. All we are asking members of our communities to do is to phone each other. Have a chat, check people have a Seder to go to and see where the conversation takes you. It seems so basic for those of us who are constantly juggling phone calls, emails and texts but we know there are plenty of people for whom that phone call might be the only contact they have with someone that day, the only time anyone phones unprompted to see how they are and the only time their synagogue has ever reached out to remind them they need never feel alone. Reform Judaism knows communities thrive when relationships thrive.”

It is hoped the Telethon calls will run alongside the existing Telenet Project which sees Welfare Volunteers call every member of EDRS over the age of 85 before Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah and Pesach. For more information on becoming part of the Connecting with Members Telethon or about the work of the Welfare Department, please feel welcome to call me on 020 8238 1013.

Wishing you all a Shabbat Shalom .

Emma Roche
Director of Welfare

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