Caring Community


Everyone needs support at some point in their life, and everyone has some way to offer support. We ask all Temple members to participate in our Caring Community using the skills and interests they have. Involvement is tailored to your available time, whether you are have only a short amount of time or whether you are looking to offer help on an ongoing basis.

Currently we work to visit those who are ill, in the hospital, rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities. We send cards in celebration or in sorrow. We would like to expand to be able to offer supportive phone calls to those who are home bound due to illness or disability. To help those who are recently bereaved we would like to be able to help lead or participate in a shiva minyan, or need assistance with meals of condolence.

The Caring Community Steering Committee is chaired by Dr. Ira Moskowitz, who has long been a driving force within the committee. The Steering Committee helps to coordinate services and referrals to individuals and families in need. To contact us for information, to offer or request help, or for any other questions, please email or call Ira Moskowitz at (619) 449-2762.

Mental Health Subcommittee
The Mental Health Subcommittee of the Caring Community was formed in November 2016 in response to our Temple’s Yom Kippur’s Limmud (learning) forum, “A Conversation on Mental Illness in the Jewish Community: Our Personal Stories.” Our subcommittee is focusing on parents and children of our community by listing websites solely for educational and informational purposes. Rabbi Marcus has provided us with suggestions and guidance. We hope your search will help broaden your scope of mental health issues and provide some tools to make a difference in your families. Our goal is to provide you with a wide range of information on a variety of issues.

NOTE: These links and links contained within them are listed for your convenience only and Temple Emanu-El is not responsible for their contents. Temple Emanu-El’s Mental Health Subcommittee has reviewed sites with care given to regional and national accreditation but Temple Emanu-El is not responsible for the content or your use of such content. Each site has multiple links for further exploration.

These sites are separated by greatest interest to teens, young adults, parents and adults seeking general information about the growth and development of children, parenting and mental disorders followed by San Diego resources.

Developmental and Mental Health Information and Resources about Children, Teens and Young Adults:
American Academy of Pediatrics
This website contains information from pre-natal to young adult describing norms of development with links to research and newsletters. For adults and families.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
“The Family and Youth Resources” link has pull down sections “Facts for Family Guide, “Youth Resources,” “Family Resources” and more. “Family Resources” offers information on mental disorders, medications, getting help, and guidelines for children’s growth. For adults and families.

This user-friendly site sponsored by the Nemours Center for Children’s Health is geared to topics for parents, middle school and teens. Look for relevant information: Adults under “Emotions and Behavior, Middle Schoolers under “Feelings” and Teens under “Mind.” For adults and families.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a broad-based nationally accredited information resource and support network for parents, teens and young adults. Use “Learn More” and “Find Support.” For families, parents and young adults.

San Diego Mental Health Resources for Evaluation, Emergencies, Treatment and Support of Children, Teens and Young Adults
For information regarding access to services and the San Diego County Crisis Line, including the suicide prevention hotline, call 1-888-724-7240. A trained counselor is available 24/7. For mental health emergencies, dial 911.

2-1-1 San Diego
Includes local available resources for community, health and disaster services. 2-1-1 San Diego also includes a 24/7 phone services for assistance navigating local resources. Under “Services” link to “Early Childhood Development” and “Mental Health Services.” For adults.

First 5 San Diego
Includes resources to Healthy Development Services, including behavioral, development services, screening, assessment, and treatment of mild to moderate developmental delays and referrals to additional services for a child’s first 5 years. For adults.

NAMI San Diego
Check out “Services” to for information on education, support groups and advocacy information through the San Diego organization. For adults and families.

In “Services” go to:
(Organized Support Companion in an Emergency Situation)
This is a FREE APP you can download to your smartphone or tablet which provides support information in an emergency situation including “before,” “during,” and “after” crises.” This app lists available local resources. OSCER includes a phone number for a Crisis Line that is available 24/7. For adults and young adults.

Jewish Family Service
The San Diego chapter provides information about support and counseling options as well as support groups and “Positive Parenting Program” classes. For adults and families.

Live Well San Diego
This compendium provides lists of resources and support groups of care including “Behavioral Health Services” for mental health and/or substance use disorders in San Diego County. It also includes “Emergency Numbers,” as well as service resources for adults and youth. For adults.

Elizabeth Hospice Children’s Bereavement Center
The Elizabeth Hospice Children’s Bereavement Center in Escondido offers counseling and support groups for children. For information about the center’s support groups for children, email or call (800) 797-2050

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