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Kayla's Caring Community

Temple Ohabei Shalom is a caring community, whose members are enthusiastic about helping each other in times of need. In order to solidify that energy & use it in the most efficient & organic way possible, we are inviting you to be part of a unified program of caring that involves all segments of the Temple community working together. We have seen by experience – often sad experience – that when there is a need, we find a way to care for each other.

If someone in your family is experiencing an illness, if you need transportation to and from Temple events, if you’ve just had a baby and would like a friendly visit or a meal – or if you are otherwise in need of some support – please let us know. We want to help! Likewise, if you would like to be involved in helping other congregants, please let us know. You can sign up for Kayla's Caring Community here. 

If you know someone in need, would like to get involved have specific questions, call the synagoue office 617.277.6610 or

Kayla's Caring Community provides the following to congregants in need:   
Home cooked meals, some provided by TOS Team Ziti 
Friendly phone call or visits to congregants who are homebound
Hospital or rehab visits 
Child care (e.g. a play date for an older sibling in a family welcoming a new baby)
Transportation (ride to services or other Temple events) 

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We are calling this program
Kayla’s Caring Community
in memory of Kayla Maya Soderblom
(November 11, 2010-July 2, 2012),
whose too-short life inspired congregational caring that echoes to this day.

Mi Shebeirach Form

One of the central Jewish prayers for those who are ill or recovering from illness or accidents is the Mi Shebeirach l’cholim. The prayer takes its name from the words: “mi” and “shebeirach” meaning, “the One who blessed.” In this prayer, we pray that the One who blessed our ancestors bring about a complete healing, of body and of spirit, for the person for whom the blessing is said. During our Shabbat and holiday sermons the clergy read names of our community members and their loved ones, who are in need of healing. We also offer the opportunity for anyone present to share names at that time.

Please provide us the name (either English or Hebrew) of your friend and/or loved one whose name you wish us to include. We will keep the person’s name active on our list for a period of thirty days. After 30 days you may resubmit your request if you wish us to continue saying the blessing. In addition, please notify us if the name should be removed from the list earlier by emailing us HERE (

(Please make a separate submission for each person to be added to the list.)

Names remain on our Mi Shebeirach list for 30 days. If you require additional time, please re-submit your request. Thank you.

(*Note – the Mishebeirach prayer can be offered at anytime, and is often comforting to read in Hebrew or English when visiting one who is ill. Above is the text of the prayer. At services, we generally sing the words below, written by Debbie Friedman (z”l).)



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