Health Initiative

THE VISION: A Temple family that supports each other in joy and sorrow, in sickness and health. A congregation that supports wellness.

Health is more than the absence of disease. Because health is the integration of the body, mind and soul, today's Reform Jewish community teaches and supports positive health attitudes and practices and explores new ways to integrate healthcare into community. Sha'arey Shalom is a national leader in making the synagogue a place of community health support, health education, healing and medical support. Each major arm of the temple sponsors health education programs.

At the heart of the Sha'arey Shalom project is a Faith Community Nursing program that includes the Conservative and Orthodox congregations in Springfield. Jaclyn Herzlinger RN, a Sha'arey Shalom congregant, administers this program. Individual consultations are the way of work. Our members need only contact Jackie through 973-376-0539 x 27 or by email at for assistance in navigating the health care morass. Nurses will make home visits, assess for medication problems, help congregants focus on priority questions for their doctors, assist with finding information, and support caregivers. They also do screenings, sponsor educational programs, and assist rabbis and professional staff in their work. Jackie also coordinates Temple emergency procedures.

Health care professionals are needed to join the steering committee. Volunteers are needed to visit the sick and support families in times of crisis. Contact Jackie and let her know what you would like to do. Training is provided if needed. Be a Caring Volunteer.