Hineinu refers to a mitzvot network for members of the Beth-El community to provide supportive services for one another in times of need. Hineinu enables and empowers members of the temple community to reach out and assist each other by performing traditional mitzvot, or acts of kindness and caring.

The Friendly Visitor Program

The Friendly Visitor Program primarily benefits our elderly congregants by matching them with a volunteer congregant. The friendly visitors receive training and support in order to be well-prepared to conduct visits with congregants who live alone, in assisted living facilities, or in nursing homes.

Although the clergy makes many referrals, temple staff or family members may also request that their loved ones receive a friendly visitor. We maintain confidentiality within the context of a respectful relationship. If you want to receive visits from a friendly visitor or if you know someone who might benefit from the program,
please contact hineinu@temple-beth-el.org.   Hineinu welcomes additional friendly visitor volunteers; if you are interested in participating, please contact Rona at 401.331.6070.

Life Light Pamphlets

Hineinu provides the Life Light Pamphlets displayed daily in the Herman L. Bennett Chapel and on Friday nights in the Silverstein Meeting Hall. These self-help and spiritual essays about life situations such as divorce, illness and death, and spiritual discussions are free for all who wish to take them.


Hineinu has established a series of discussion groups on topics related to caregiving and loss; these sessions are open to any temple congregant. Clinical experts facilitate these groups. For information about the discussion groups’ schedule, check the Temple Beth-El calendar or call Rona at 401.331.6070 for more information.


We invite you to send us the name(s) of loved ones who are facing the challenge of illness, that we may support them, and you, by inclusion in our communal Mi Sheberakh prayers.

The Mi Sheberakh prayer is one of the central Jewish prayers for those who are facing the challenge of illness. The pray includes pleas for both physical and spiritual healing within the community of others facing illness. Traditionally, the Mi Sheberakh is said in synagogue when the Torah is read. In modern times, the Mi Sheberakh is often said by professional health caregivers, patients, and loved ones at various times during treatment and recovery from illness of all sorts.

Mi Sheberakh 
Avoteinu: Avraham, Yitzhak, v’Yaakov,
v’Imoteinu: Sarah, Rivka, Rachel v’Leah,
Hu yivarekh virapei
et haholeh/haholah _____ ben/bat ______
HaKadosh Barukh Hu
yimalei rahamim alav/aleha,
V’yishlah lo/lah bim-hera
r’fuah shlemah,
r’fu-at hanefesh u-r’fu-at hagoof,
b’tokh sh’ar holei Yisrael v’holei yoshvei tevel,
hashta ba’agalah u-vizman kariv,
v’no-mar, Amen!

May the One who blessed our ancestors —
Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
Matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah
bless and heal the one who is ill:
__________ son/daughter of _________.
May the Holy Blessed One
overflow with compassion upon him/her,
to restore him/her,
to heal him/her,
to strengthen him/her,
to enliven him/her.
The One will send him/her, speedily,
a complete healing —
healing of the soul and healing of the body 
along with all the ill,
among the people of Israel and all humankind,
soon, speedily, without delay,
and let us all say:  Amen!

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