Kesher Social Worker
Shana Prohofsky is the Temple Torat Yisrael Kesher social worker. Kesher is the congregational outreach program of Jewish Collaborative Services, and it is generously funded by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and private donors.
The Kesher program provides a synagogue-based social worker to assist members of the congregation during periods of life transitions and struggle. Kesher also serves as a gateway to additional supportive services provided within both the Jewish and broader communities. As the Kesher social worker for Temple Torat Yisrael, Shana is available to meet with congregants, families, and individuals for consultation, resource guidance, referrals for counseling, and just to talk. Additionally, Kesher helps organize and set up programming on topics of family life, as well as social concerns. These services are all provided free of charge to congregants and on a confidential basis. Sometimes, having an intermediary advocate on your behalf can help support a personal dignity while providing privacy and anonymity around sensitive issues.