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Introducing "BIOM ShareSpace": A Way to Connect in these Difficult Times

Last Wednesday (January 6, 2021), following the tragic events that took place in our Capitol Building, more than 85 families in our Beth Israel community gathered on Zoom for a brief service to pray for peace. Some of us also shared our thoughts. As we proceed through the next couple weeks of this tumultuous time in our nation, we want to give congregants a safe space online to share their thoughts and feelings. We have no agenda – no syllabus, no political messaging, no lectures, and no judgment. We just want to offer a place for support. To start out, these sessions will take place 30 minutes twice a week for the next two weeks. They are open to all. 

Join BIOM ShareSpace Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00-7:30 pm 

Join BIOM ShareSpace on Thursday, January 14 at 10:30-11:00 am 

Join BIOM ShareSpace Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00-7:30 pm 

Join BIOM ShareSpace on Thursday, January 21 at 10:30-11:00 am 

If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Valerie Thaler, Synagogue Director. 

Shleimut/Supporting Each Other

Health. Healing. Wholeness. Hope.

Life is complex. Sometimes you need a place to turn to for guidance and support. 

Beth Israel is one of the only Conservative congregations in the country to offer Shleimut, an initiative designed to address the holistic needs of congregants and promote health, wellness, and healing within our Beth Israel family. Shleimut helps Beth Israel congregants manage their physical, mental, legal, and spiritual health needs by offering opportunities to consult with a nurse, a social worker, an attorney, and the clergy.

Whether you are seeking help managing a physical illness, navigating a life challenge or transition, answering a legal question*, or exploring spiritual concerns, our Shleimut team is here for you. While COVID-19 may limit our in-person consultations at present, we are still available to provide free, confidential guidance and support over the phone or computer for any concerns you or a loved one may have. 

For additional information or consultation, contact:

  • Sheri Stern,  RN, Shleimut Nurse at
    • Questions about healthcare diagnoses, medications, procedures, and treatments, including COVID-19
    • Concerns about you or your loved ones’ health-related issues
    •  Requests for effective stress management solutions
  • Sarah Shapiro, LCSW-C, Shleimut Social Work Consultant, at or ext. 263.
    •  Free, confidential short-term counseling, guidance, and support
    • Information and referral to community resources
    • Education regarding mental health concerns
  • Harry Baumohl, Shleimut Attorney, at or ext. 265.
    • Confidential legal information and resources
    • Assistance with navigating the legal system
    • Guidance, education, and support
  • Rabbi Jay Goldstein, at or ext. 209 and Cantor Jen Rolnick, at or ext. 206.
    • Address your spiritual needs and questions
    • Provide comfort and support during challenging times

* Shleimut Legal offers information, support, and resources but not legal representation or specific legal advice.

A consultation with a member of the Shleimut team is not intended to replace a doctor’s visit, ongoing mental health care, or other services provided by wellness professionals. Similarly, consultation with a Shleimut attorney does not create an attorney-client relationship nor does it constitute legal representation. Beth Israel Congregation is not responsible for the consequences of any actions taken by or in reliance on the information, actions or suggestions provided by representatives of the Shleimut program.  Beth Israel Congregation and Shleimut affirmatively and expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability for any such consequences. 

Fri, February 26 2021 14 Adar 5781