I would like to follow-up with you on last month's article about self-reflection. Have you found new insights and understandings about yourself or your relationships? Have you set new goals or recommitted to certain values? Have you found the need for some extra support or education around certain topics? If so, then perfect! I want to hear about it in our anonymous Kesher survey! You may have already come across this in your email. It covers many topics and also has spaces for you to fill in your specific areas of interest in case I missed them. It will take only about 5 minutes of your time, but your responses will be invaluable to me in guiding programming for the upcoming year. Even if you don't have a strong interest, every voice is important. Just like in school, if you have a question, it is likely someone else has that same question, so please ask it! This is a community effort.
What will this survey cover, you may ask? I have listed options on everything from fertility to advanced directives, from healthy communication in relationships to navigating the healthcare system, and from mindfulness for coping with stress to internet safety. Even outside of this survey, if you have an area of interest, you are welcome to let me know any time of year. Also, if you have an area of expertise that you would like to share with the congregation, let me know and we may be able to develop a program around that as well! I know we have fantastic resources right here within the community!
I would like every voice to be heard, so please let me know if you would like to receive the survey in a different format. I can mail you a printed version which can still be returned anonymously. I can also coordinate for someone to go over the questions with you verbally if there are visual or other barriers to completing a print survey. If you or someone you know has a barrier to completing this survey, please contact me and I will find a way for that voice to be heard.
Your time is valuable and it gets away from us so easily. I appreciate the 5 minutes you will take to complete this survey. Instead of putting it aside for later, please take a moment now for it so it doesn't get buried in your "to do" list. Here is the link:
And, as always, you are welcome to reach out to me individually for confidential support free of charge. We can meet one-on-one at your home or at the shul. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me!
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Amy Small, LICSW, is the new Kesher social worker at the synagogue. Kesher is the congregational outreach program of Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island, funded by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, and currently active at Congregation Agudas Achim, Temple Torat Yisrael, Temple Am David, Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Beth Sholom. Amy may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or