Caring Corner

Together with volunteers, we serve our temple community through a variety of projects. This effort for “in-reach” serves to remind us that we go through our lives together, united by a strong community that is there for us to celebrate, support and console. If a loved one or close friend has been hospitalized or entered a care facility, please contact the Temple office at (732) 566-2621. We cannot know unless you tell us!

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If you, or someone you know, need assistance you can rest assured that the needs of every individual will be met with the highest degree of compassion, confidentiality, and professionalism.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact

Julia Barugel or Barbara Raffel


In an effort to familiarize you with comprehensive, existing resources, we are sharing a link to MONMOUTH RESOURCE NET and, for Middlesex residents, MIDDLESEX RESOURCE NET.  These sites provide access to a variety of services that are offered in individual counties, from senior care to youth intervention, food banks to mental health. Click on the county link and type your need in the search bar."



NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS - If you or a loved one is living with mental illness, NAMI offers a variety of virtual support groups.  Click on the link for more details.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON’S HOPE AND HEALING PROGRAM - This program offers emotional support services, education and community-based resources for individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through a variety of virtual services, this program aims to assist those impacted by the pandemic to better adjust to their new reality, mitigate stress, review options, develop coping strategies, and, if needed, find linkages to agencies, programs, and other resources in their community.

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF MONMOUTH COUNTY – MHA of Monmouth County, in collaboration with the Board of Chosen Freeholders, is connecting residents to a licensed counselor who can provide up to 6 telephone emotional support sessions.  Here is the link to the flyer.



FULFILL – Fulfill is the food bank for Monmouth and Ocean Counties.  For a variety of reasons, an increasing number of community members find themselves with limited food resources.

FOOD PANTRY IN MATAWAN - The community garden at Temple Shalom contributes all it grows to the Food Pantry at the Matawan United Methodist Church.  Available on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 7:30pm and Thursdays, 10:00am - 11:30am.

REPLENISH - Food assistance directory for Middlesex County residents. This also includes information on other assistance programs (such as diaper and formula help, clothing and hot meals). Information can be found here.



FINANCIAL RECOVERY INITIATIVE - The financial needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been far-reaching. Monmouth ACTS has been consistently working to address the growing financial challenges caused by increased unemployment and economic uncertainty are beginning to take a toll on residents across Monmouth County.


SENIOR LIVING is an online platform dedicated to assisting seniors in finding the perfect living community tailored to their needs. Its services are provided free of charge, ensuring that seniors and their families can navigate this important decision with ease and confidence. A guide outlining unique features of Jewish senior living communities can be found here. In addition, information regarding Alzheimer's and memory care can be found here.