TBS was founded as a Caring Community 25 years ago. One of the first groups that we formed was a Mother's Support Group. It is the longest running support group in the congregation. The goal of all of our groups is to give our members an opportunity to see our congregational community as a place where their lives can be nurtured and enriched. The support groups are not therapy, but support. With Rabbi Perlin as facilitator, members are guided through topical discussions and sharing which adds Jewish and personal value to their lives. None of our groups are drop in groups. Members commit to coming for the duration of the group so that confidentiality can engender trust, which enables intimacy and bonding. The support groups have served to strengthen a member's lifelong ties with the congregation in meaningful ways.
- Grief Support Group
- Mother's Support Group
- Children of Holocaust Survivors Support Group
- Father's Support Group (NEW!)
A number of dads recently requested a meeting for fathers in the congregation. There are two scheduled for next year. This group comes together to share issues relevant to parenting young children and to offer support to many of the fathers whose wives attend Mother's Support Group.
On occasion we have also run other groups in conjunction with our part-time JSSA social worker that have included:
- Chronic Illness
- Members with Aging Parents
- Young people with Diabetes
- Interfaith Couples