If you need help in a way not currently served by Shaare Emeth, try one of these community organizations.
Hospice can be a vital service for individuals with a terminal illness. Pathways Community Hospice has a specific Jewish Hospice program to meet the unique end of life needs of Jewish people. All the members of the staff (medical director, nurses, social workers, chaplains, hospice aides, bereavement coordinators and volunteers) have been trained in the religious traditions, culture and religious holidays of the Jewish people and are sensitive to the beliefs of all branches of Judaism. The hospice team works in partnership with the individual, their caregivers and personal physician to provide pain management, symptom relief and other services to enhance the quality of life. Pathways staff honors the mandate to cherish life and to live every day to the fullest. Shaare Emeth Member Sharon Weissman is the Jewish chaplain at Pathways. For more information, call Pathways at 636-733-7399.
Behavioral Health Response ensures compassionate, immediate, barrier-free access to crisis behavioral health services. BHR will answer your call whenever you need us, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to help you or someone you know through an emotional crisis, provide easy emergency access to mental health services, assist with hospitalization, if needed, and give you the skills necessary to connect with community resources. A professionally trained mental health professional will answer your call. Shaare Emeth member Lesley Levin is the President/CEO of BHR. In St. Louis call 314-469-6644. From anywhere in Missouri call 800-811-4760.
St. Louis United Way sponsors a toll-free number that connects people with available community resources and volunteer opportunities, including resources in basic human needs, physical and mental health resources, Medicare information, work initiatives, support for seniors and those with disabilities, and support for youth and families. For further information, just dial 211.
Shalvah means serenity in Hebrew. Shalvah is dedicated to teaching the strategies to help individuals and their families and friends work free of the problems associated with addiction. Shalvah combines spiritual and psychological resources, acting as a bridge between the recovery model and the daily spiritual remedies of Judaism and other traditions. Shalvah is convened by Rabbi James Stone Goodman every Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m. at the Congregation. For more information, call Rabbi Goodman at 314-863-4366 or visit Neve Shalom's Shalvah webpage.
Sometimes addiction and other legal issues result in incarceration. The Jewish Prison Outreach program was organized to support inmates and their families. It is supported by the St. Louis Rabbinic Association, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Neve Shalom, B’nai Amoona and other interested volunteers. For more information email [email protected], call 314-727-1308, or visit Neve Shalom's Jewish Prison Outreach page.
The Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS) provides support and expert resources to individuals and families dealing with serious physical and emotional difficulties, as well as assistance to meet the challenges of everyday living. Programs and professional therapy focus on marital difficulties, individual personality disorders, family relationships, elder care planning, the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry, child abuse prevention, homemaker care for older adults, community chaplaincy outreach, psychological assessments, and assistance with food and financial needs. For more information, please call 314-993-1000.
MERS/Goodwill prepares thousands of people to enter the workforce through its employment and rehabilitation services. Going above and beyond basic career training, these services are designed to improve the self-esteem, interpersonal skills and confidence of the trainees, thereby increasing their likelihood of success. The program includes comprehensive vocational evaluation services to set appropriate career goals, employee development services to develop new skill and work behavior, and community employment services to place program participants in suitable jobs. MERS/Goodwill stores accept donations of clothing, household goods, small electronics, furniture, books, CDs and cars. For more information, please call Jolie Boeger at 314-241-3464.
JAMI-STL is a spiritual family support group has begun meeting at the Kopolow Building of the Jewish Federation on the third Tuesday of every month, led by Rabbi James Goodman. The group is an opportunity for family members to talk about issues they are dealing with regarding mental illness in their families. For information, call 314-863-4366.
Additionally, Achraiyut is a support group for individuals living with mental illness who have taken the first step toward responsibility by accepting their illness and receiving treatment to achieve the greatest possible state of wellness. The group meets the first Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m at Neve Shalom Congregation. The group is facilitated by Ellen Fein Rosenbaum. For information, call 314-994-1542 or visit Neve Shalom's JAMI-STL page.