Chaverim News – July 15, 2020

MASK MAKING CONTINUES

Chaverim’s small, but dedicated mask making army continues their sewing. To date we have made 1170 masks. Chances are, by the time you read this, the count will have changed! At this time most of our efforts are for Howard Mental Health. They have approximately 1500 employees and so far we’ve made 400 masks for them.

Thanks to Barb Hicken for securing a donation of mask kits from Vermont Teddy Bear Company for us. This is a big help in our efforts to make the world safer one mask at a time!

GRANDPARENTING AT A DISTANCE

Staying in touch with my grandchildren has been a big challenge during COVID and will continue to be challenging for some time to come, I imagine. I’m thankful for Skype, Zoom and Facetime calls which have enabled us to stay in touch. Now if someone would just invent “Hug- a-Vision,” I’d be happy. A newly acquired friend was telling me about JEWISH GRANDPARENTS NETWORK and how it’s been helpful to her during COVID in maintaining contact with her grandkids. I checked it out and it has some wonderful resources. I invite all you grandparents to check it out, if you’re not familiar with it.

Another resource this friend mentioned was the Caribu app. You can video chat with kids and it integrates stories and other fun things. It’s free. I’ll be checking it out this week and will update you on my experience with it in coming weeks.

CALLING CHICKS WITH STICKS

Chaverim is reigniting the knitting group at Temple. Henceforth, we shall be known as the KNITZVAH CREW. If you knit or crochet, consider joining us to create items to be donated to various local organizations. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact the Temple office. I hope to have a virtual meeting of the group sometime in August so we can decide where we want our efforts to go for Fall/Winter 2020.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are working on putting together a Family Game Night for some time in August. More details to follow.

We also are hoping to start an Interfaith Women’s Book Group with women of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faith to explore each other’s faith systems and our experiences. This would a non-political group. Hopefully, it will be a vehicle for great understanding and friendship between our groups. If you’re interested in such a group, let us know. I hope we can do this face to face rather than via Zoom. Our email address is chaverim@templesinaivt.org

As always, if you or someone you know is in need of support with meals, transportation or a phone call, let us know. You can email us or leave a message on the Temple phone, 802-862-5125, and we’ll be in touch. Stay safe. And wear your mask, please!