One of the things we hope to do as we expand jewishsacredaging’s scope, is to point out programs and items from congregations and organizations that touch on the theme of jewishsacredaging.com.
Congregation Beth Am in Los Alton Hills, CA (Palo Alto area) is one of the more dynamic and creative congregations. It recently created and held “Makom Shalom” (A Peaceful Place): a service that touched on themes of wellness and caring. Included in that service was this prayer for Caregivers. (www.betham.org)
Open Your hands when mine are empty
Replenish me when my strength is gone;
Show me how to offer hope.
Teach me to give comfort, to ease another’s pain with my voice, my touch, my presence;
To be rock and redeemer for a wounded soul.
When I’m lost, give me direction; When I am searching for purpose, remind me of your path.
Give me patience, when I’, weary of helping, and a long, dreary day stretches towards a restless night.
You gave me life, love, abundance of blessing.
Now it is my time to give.
Let me drink deep of the strength You offer, So that I may persist and endure in the work that is mine.
Reach deep within me, Eternal Power; bring my own strength to consciousness.
Let me wrap myself in Your radiant light; let me rest in You, and go forward.
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff of the Union for Reform Judaism; first as a Regional Director and then, beginning in 1997, as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns and served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles congregations. He also served as a part time rabbi for Beth Hillel in Carmel, NJ while regional director and, after his URJ tenure, served as senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ from 2011-2014.