Times of Need
Rabbi Silverman is known for her meaningful lifecycle moments. From deeply personal eulogies to moving wedding ceremonies, her ability to connect with those around her is unique and special.
When hearing of a death, it is Rabbi Silverman's instinct to immediately reach out - by phone or by visiting in-person. She has sat with countless families just minutes and hours after they have lost a loved one. Walking along side her congregational family in both tragedy and joy is one of the greatest privileges she experiences in her work.
When COVID-19 hit, other communities were unsure what to do. We quickly pivoted and moved all of our classes and services online. Under Rabbi Silverman's guidance, we planned regular "coffee" & schmooze opportunities, social gatherings, and very necessary opportunities to support one another. Rabbi Silverman connected empty-nesters who were isolated and stuck at home with parents of young children who were overwhelmed (and isolated and stuck at home). The empty-nesters cooked meals and delivered them to the families with kids - this program was a big success!
Similarly, Rabbi Silverman organized a round-robin of driveway chalk paintings to lift spirits (and give families something safe to do). PBS news picked up the story.
She is best known for her ability to meet the challenge of the moment with a creative solution that prioritizes interpersonal relationships.
Rabbi Silverman's true strength is in her innate ability to build community. Until COVID hit, she and her husband hosted community Shabbat meals in their home 2-3 times a month. Every congregant has had an invitation to programs, meals, or their annual Sukkot open house.
Rabbi Silverman regularly leads outreach sessions at local libraries, spends time with the preschool & religious school kids (and their families), and can be found around town meeting with congregants one-on-one.
Vaccine Clinic & Carnival
In celebration of our children - and in honor of the Jewish mitzvot of saving lives, taking care of our bodies, and caring for the vulnerable - Rabbi Silverman dreamt up, created, and facilitated a Vaccine Clinic & Carnival for the Sunday following the CDC's approval. The TV news report is here and our local radio station (WBZ)'s stories can be heard here and here.