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Temple Israel's Caring Community


Please help us reach temple members in need of caring (health challenges, life cycle events, ...) by clicking on the following link to notify our clergy.  CLICK HERE.  Information is kept confidential!

Since 1984, Temple Israel’s Caring Community has been sponsored by Temple Israel Sisterhood’s Anne Zoss Caring Community Fund.  Congregants of all ages are welcome to volunteer.  Caring Community addresses the unique needs of our congregants and our Akron neighbors.

Co-Coordinators: Carol Blum, Audrey Baker

Consultants, Eileen Schonfeld, Zippy Silverman

Bikkur Cholim

Visiting our congregants in the Home, Hospice, Hospital and Nursing Home Facilities. Emergency services: free taxi rides for seniors to rehabilitation, medical and therapy appointments, Temple Religious Services or Temple Events once a month. Providing food and clothing to congregants and our Akron neighbors.

Shiva Assistance

Providing information on Reform Judaism practices for Shiva, Mourning, and Funeral Traditions. Will visit or contact family prior to funeral. When available, trained volunteers offer to set up home for Shiva. Provide some paper and storage supplies, desserts, meals and beverages. Maintains contact with family or individual for at least a year.

Community Service and Resources

Offers information on community resources, programs, and agencies and supports Temple Israel programs to enhance our congregants' and neighbors' well-being. Healthy snacks, backpacks, school supplies, uniforms and warm weather clothing are given to Leggett Community Learning Center, International Institute, Access Inc., Head Start of Akron, and our Temple congregants. Tuition Scholarships to Mandel ECE at Shaw Schultz J.C.C. for summer camp or preschool.

Jewish Holidays

Flowers, greeting cards, holiday sweets, and grocery store gift cards are given to our congregants in need for the High Holidays, Hanukkah, Purim, and Pesach.

Emergency Services

Free taxi rides for seniors for rehabilitation, medical, and therapy appointments, to attend Temple Israel Religious Services or Temple Events once a month. Provide food and clothing to families.


Anne Zoss Caring Community Fund

Mrs. Zoss’s family established The Anne Zoss Caring Community Fund in memory of her outstanding achievements in promoting the beliefs and programs of her Temple Sisterhood.

We welcome your generous contributions to Caring Community. For Caring Community to continue to offer their assistance to our Temple Israel families and our Akron neighbors, please send your donation (checks only please).

Mail check payable to:
Caring Community
c/o Zippy Silverman
508 Haskell Drive
Akron, Ohio 44333.

If you provide an email address, a 501-C form will be emailed. Otherwise, it will be sent by postal mail.

Volunteer Opportunities

For information about opportunities to volunteer, please contact:

Carol at 330/352-2645
Audrey at 330/644-4143
Eileen at 330/867-6289

or email Carol Blum -- cmblum225(at)


Please help us reach those in need of caring by clicking on the following link to notify your clergy of any health challenges or life cycle events. Information is confidential.

Sat, May 25 2019 20 Iyar 5779