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Community Groups

The Temple Israel Community is vast and vibrant. Wherever your passions align, there is a space for you!

ConnecTI (20s and 30s spiritual and social group)
Prime Timers (Social group for members 65+)
Brotherhood
Sisterhood

Scouts
Youth Groups

Temple Cares
Support & Community Groups
Team Glean


Temple Cares

Temple Cares is looking for volunteers!

Temple Cares Meal Committee desperately needs volunteers. If you enjoy cooking or would like to provide a bought meal we need YOU! We can even pick it up and deliver it for you! We provide meals for Temple Israel families who are in need. Please reach out to Sheryl Gorden if you’d like to be on her committee. This is such a great way to give back to your Temple Israel community.

Temple Cares will be resuming transportation for fully vaccinated and boosted members to doctor’s appointments and we need your help! If you need a ride or would like to be a Temple Cares volunteer please contact Liz Atterman at 901.417.0399 or email at lizatterman@gmail.com.

If you need assistance, meals, or know someone who does, please contact Rebecca Fox at rebeccaf@timemphis.org or 901.937.2778.

Bereavement Calls

Contact Debbie Jackson at 901.604.1511 to volunteer.

Meal Committee

Prepare/purchase and deliver a meal to our members who might need them.
Email Sheryl Gorden, sheryl.gorden@gmail.com, to sign up.

For other Temple Cares volunteer opportunities contact Debbie Jackson at 901.604.1511 or email at djack327@bellsouth.net.

If you need assistance, meals, or know of someone who does, please contact Rebecca Fox at rebeccaf@timemphis.org or 901.937.2778.


Support & Community Groups

Mindset Coaching for Those Challenged with Cancer

Led by Jolie Slovis, certified Life Coach and cancer survivor, this group is for those challenged in the Temple community with cancer: diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. This group is more than support. You will be seen, and you will be heard. And when ready, we will dig into your mindset as it is now – and discover the many ways to strengthen and grow it so you get to choose which lens is best for you.

Contact Jan Reisman with questions.

Caregiver Café (virtual)

This group meets on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 10 AM on Zoom, hosted by Sarah Thomson. It provides a safe space for caregivers to recharge and share their experiences with others in a supportive environment.

This is open to the entire Jewish community–we welcome all! The Zoom link can be found on our Temple Israel calendar. Email Sarah Thomson with questions. If you would like to know more about the class, you can read Sarah’s blog post!


Grief & Loss Support Group (virtual)

If you are experiencing grief from any type of loss this is a supportive space for you. The Grief & Loss Support Group is held every other Tuesday on Zoom and is facilitated by Betsy Mandel-Carley.

Attendees must register in advance due to the intimate nature of the group and will meet for 8 sessions consecutively. Licensed therapist and host Betsy Mandel-Carley, will open registration to the next round beginning Tuesday, March 22, for a closed group of 10 individuals.

Contact Debbie Jackson, Temple Cares Coordinator, with any questions at djack327@bellsouth.net.

Betsy Mandel-Carley recently retired after 50 plus years as a psychotherapist. After graduate work at The University of Chicago, she became licensed as both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Her practice consisted of working with individuals and couples, helping them understand patterns in their lives, issues with connection, and learning new ways of coping with loss and change. This group is not limited to Temple members.


Career Support Group

The Career Support Group meets at Temple Israel in the Conference Room and on Zoom at 9:30 AM on the first and third Sunday of the month and features guest speakers offering tips and advice for professionals in the job market.
Questions? Call Rob Mann at 901.491.3781 or Ron Brooks at 901.299.6822.


Temple Israel Team Glean

Throughout the summers of 2020 and 2021, Temple Israel joined a nationwide effort to end hunger and reduce food waste through gleaning — the practice of redistributing quality produce that otherwise would be discarded. Every Thursday afternoon through September 2, Temple volunteers, ages 21+, gathered at the Agricenter Farmer’s Market to collect fruit and vegetables that were so generously donated by the vendors there and then delivered the produce to Plough Towers. While at Plough Towers, Temple volunteers put the produce into bags to make it easy for the residents to take what they wanted. COVID-19 safety procedures were followed at the Agricenter Farmer’s Market and at Plough Towers. 

Temple volunteers collected an incredible total of 3,906 pounds of produce for Plough Towers residents this year, and they look forward to gleaning again next summer! Questions? Please contact Jan Reisman at janr@timemphis.org or Rebecca Fox at rebeccaf@timemphis.org.

Temple’s Team Glean and Team Read programs are made possible by the generosity and vision of Judy and Nick Ringel, their children, and grandchildren in memory of Ernestine Greenberger.


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