Some of us work on our own, some of us in small groups.
Others work through our Social Justice Committee, a committee which educates us on the pressing problems and issues of the times.
The Committee makes it easy for all of us to participate in social justice work by arranging opportunities that make a difference
Here are some examples of what we do:
- Throughout the year, we reach out to our congregants who are alone or in personal transition. We write notes, make phone calls, deliver meals, present a gift, or do other simple acts that bestow the welcome gift of community.
- We also work outside of Beth Israel with organizations such as Foodshare, Covenant to Care for Children, and the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen.
- Whenever we come to Temple, we bring a “Food-of-the-Month” item. The “Food of the Month” is determined by the Social Justice Committee. Signs throughout the building identify what the food is each month. After every Shabbat service, we make a donation to Foodshare. We support Foodshare throughout the year, and raise money and walk each year in the Walk Against Hunger.
We are a distribution point for Foodshare’s Mobile Truck. It comes every fourth Friday at 1pm. Our volunteers are of all ages, serving hungry people in sun, rain, wind, snow– often to as many as 150 people.
- We are a covenant congregation for Covenant to Care for Children.
We regularly donate clothing, books, toys, and sometimes furniture, often on a last-minute notice, to the Covenant to Care families.
- Also, when our children outgrow their clothing, books, and toys, we bring them to Temple and put them in designated collection bins.
Our Social Justice committee members then deliver the donations to various shelters and organizations that serve children.
- We donate disposable diapers for Covenant to Care and to Jewish Family Services. We have a box in our lobby where we collect the diapers. Members of the Social Justice Committee then deliver the diapers. (Right now, we have a special need for Sizes Newborn, 1, and 2.)
- Many of us our Reading Mentors through the Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy.
- We support Nothing But Nets to help prevent the spread of malaria.
- We have been working at the Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen for more than 25 years!
We work on the fourth Monday of every month.You can participate: come by 11:15am and end by 12:45pm.
Contact: Carol Fine. Contact her through the office, email@example.com, 860-233-2815.
- We jointly sponsor a Mitzvah Mall with Charter Oak Cultural Center. The Mall is held each December. Representatives from local non-profit organizations attend to share information about their work. Those who attend have the opportunity to make a donation of their choice. The donation can be made in honor of a loved one.
- We began affiliation with Village for Families and Children.
- Every student becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is required to do a tzedakah project.
We are generous, and we are committed to doing what we can to repair this world, one small piece at a time.
We would love to have you join us! Please contact our office at 860-233-8215 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become involved.