I had mentioned to one or two temple friends that I was having foot surgery. Nothing too serious, thankfully. The day after the procedure, I got a call from the Caring Community’s Mark Goldman asking what kind of soup I wanted and when would be a good time to stop by. OMG, I thought, I’m on the Caring Community list! What says caring more than soup, just like Bubbe used to make? While not quite a Santa double, Mark is tall and thin with a mustache (no beard), and he entered through my front door, not down a chimney. But his genuine interest, infectious smile and twinkle in his eyes seemed so Santa-like. Cheerful and kind, this Bubbe-Santa brought not only delicious homemade soup, but a fresh challah and a lovely note from the temple’s Caring Community committee. The gesture was small, the impact enormous. I was touched. I felt treasured.
Need some cheering? Recovering from illness or surgery? Have the pandemic blues? You too can have a call from the Bubbe-Santa. A little caring goes a long way. Or maybe you’re interested in being a Bubbe-Santa yourself? Contact Lisa Bennett in the temple office for more information
NOTE: This article was written pre-pandemic. Even as face-to-face visits have been curtailed, and stores and shops have gone into lock-down, the important message remains: Our Caring Community is ready to help.