April 16, 2014   16 Nisan 5774
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Raising money to provide food, clothing, furniture, car seats, and tutoring for the welfare recipients assigned to specific caseworkers.
Congregation “adopts” the Ukrainian Jewish community of the Zvenigorodka shtetl.
Donation drive for clothes, books and toys for social worker clients – including survivors of child abuse.
Congregation set up a school tutorial program for neighboring inner-city elementary school students.
Congregation re-envisioned its food drive by requesting non-perishables by assigned first letter.
Congregation fundraises to help members of a small Ugandan synagogue.
An interfaith local food pantry and distribution center. Synagogue members volunteer to sort and organize food collected from the local food bank; pack non-perishable foods and fresh produce; distribute the food and other items to the community; run an annual food drive to benefit the pantry; maintain a vegetable garden to supply the pantry; and run religious school programs to educate about the issue of hunger.
One congregant realized that many children began school wearing shabby clothes and without school supplies. The Temple created a committee in which families would "adopt" a student and buy clothes, school supplies, and other necessities for the start of the school year.
Congregation built a house with Habitat for Humanity
Creation of charitable centerpieces for a B'nei Mitzvah celebration.
The Temple participated in an interfaith youth trip to Nicaragua with a local Presbyterian Church. They helped build homes and spent time caring for the Nicaraguan children.
Creation of a week-long day camp for local homeless and battered children.
Congregation sends non-perishable kosher food to hungry Jews in Ukraine.
Synagogue sponsors an annual charity 5K walk/run.
Congregation provides social welfare services to alleviate the devastating effects of poverty on the community.
Monthly social action activities for families with children grades K-3.
Synagogue members cut coupons to donate to agencies that purchase food for the needy.
Cultivating produce on synagogue grounds to serve at a local soup kitchen.
Congregants volunteer regularly at local soup kitchens.
Outreach program to advise and support individuals affected by the current adverse economic climate by providing a free online job bank, confidential hotline and training classes.
The Temple put social action as the centerpiece of its culture. By creating on-going programs in many different areas the congregation enables its members to be involved in many different areas of Social Action work.
City-wide program supporting HIV/AIDS support organizations by eating out at specific restaurants.
The Temple has built a strong social action program which has seeked to mazimize opportunities for members to be involved.
The High School created a curriculum in which the students learn about the issue of contemporary slavery in Sudan. The program included a slavery teach-in, student rally, and a letter writing campaign to public officials.
Visit a different social action website each night of Chanukah. Use these sites as a springboard for volunteer work and charitable giving.
The congregation collaborated with the administration of a local inner city school. Congregants tutored students, others provided supplies and money for field trips, while others gave their time during after school projects.
Synagogue works in tandem with a local church organization to provide assistance and resources for homeless families.
Fill your mishloach manot baskets with Fair Trade products and create a more just and sustainable world while enjoying tasty treats.
A synagogue organized 12 churches, four synagogues, a Rotary Club, another faith-based community organization and a local aquatics club to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home build in the local community.
Congregants provides monthly dinner to residents of a local apartment complex for citizens with physical disabilities.
Tzedekah collective to fund a variety of projects throughout the year.
GUCI campers worked throughout the summer in a Tikkun Olam project facilitated by Keep Indianapolis beautiful. They helped create parks, staffed the Boys and Girls Club, and fixed up neighborhood gardens.
Congregation partners with a local church to bring resources to Haitian orphans affected by HIV/AIDS.
Emphasizing Purim gift-giving to children in crisis.
Congregation built a food pantry for a local homeless shelter, decorated their dining room, and assisted in serving meals.
Combats the city’s homelessness problem by engaging in advocacy, education, marketing and direct service efforts.
Health fair provides important health, safety, nutritional, and insurance information to the local community.
provide food and clothing to immigrant workers in California
The Temple created an integrated social action program, where each "Mitzvah of the Month" column educated congregants of various social action programs and other approaches to pursue justice.
Creation of a local interfaith day of service.
The congregation continues to do tikkun olam projects through partnerships with various churches and other inter-faith groups throughout the year.
Congregation creates a safe space for homeless families.
The Temple created a tuition free learning center that allows the economically disadvantaged to gain important job skills allowing them to move towards economic self-suffiency.
Integrates Passover observance with combating hunger by partnering with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
Many congregants’ homes experienced serious destruction. The Social Action committee responded by formulating a plan for the congregants’ immediate and long term needs.
Congregants worked together with First AME Zion Church to mentor and tutor 4th grade students at Main Street Elementary.
The congregation created a Free Medical Program for those in their community who do not have access to afforable health insurance.
The Temple creates "Mitzvah baskets" which are baskets filled with non-perishable food items that decorate the sanctuary during B'nai Mitzvah and other special occasions.
The synagogue created a Mitzvah Day Carnival in which the most vulnerable children received a happy and carefree afternoon at the Temple. Children of immigrants and those with Down's Syndrome partook in the carnival and were welcomed to an afternoon diversion by Temple members.
The synagogue runs a homeless shelter from November until April in which guests are given a hot meal, a warm bed to sleep in, and a breakfast in the morning.
Synagogue provides bedding and personal materials for a homeless shelter.
The synagogue proves that bigger is not necessarily better! As a small synagogue, they were able to acheive significant results in the community through disaster relief programs, food drives, hosting a shelter, and an Intergenerational Mitzvah Day.
The congregation developed an overall social action program where the values of social justice were included in worship, study, communal activities, and board discussions. From these discussions, they devloped a comprehensive social action program that involved hundreds of congregants during the year.
The Temple seeked "to strip away all the excuses people have for not participating in social action" by offering its members an unusally wide array of social action opportunities.
A congregation's partnership with Pioneer Valley Project, whose aim it is to empower low-income and working-class communities to participate in the economic development of the region at every level, from new enterprise ventures to job retention during plant closings, to city and regional policy making. The central goal within this mission is to revitalize the manufacturing sector of the economy to generate good jobs at decent wages.
Non-profit organization that serves the Jewish elderly of the Lower East Side in New York City.
The synagogue's goals are to dismantle racism and economic injustice. They do this by working with other inter-faith groups, by mentoring at local schools, by helping out at Habitat for Humanity, and in many other ways.
The synagogue worked together with other interfaith groups to help those people who suffer from poverty and homelessness. They set-up a tent city as well as created a program to allow the homeless the ability to rent their own apartments.
This congregation worked in partnership with Na Me Res (A First Nations organization) to commit itself to respond to homelessness.
The synagogue worked together with other community members to help revitalize a Day Care Center in the inner-city.
By rotating where donations are directed, one's contribution to the tzedakah box can serve a variety of efforts.
Temple Sinai in Atlanta, GA created a food rescue program.
A monthly endeavour to collect various items to benefit organizations that provide aid and assistance to people in need. These organizations serve the homeless and people of all faiths.
The Temple sponsored a "sock hop" in which the admission fee was one package of socks, t-shirts, or underpants which were donated to various homeless shelters.
When all the food is being consumed during the Super Bowl- Why not donate a can of soup for those less fortunate.
The Temple partnered with two churches in the South Bronx in order to foster connections between the communities. Through tutoring, blood drives, homeless shelters, and other means, the communities have worked together through iner-faith relations to help make our world a better place.
A Psalm written by Ted Merwin to be used with Tashlich for a Just City
A synagogue co-partners with a local Presbyterian Church and other supporting congregations and organizations in a program to take working homeless families through proscribed steps or phases to make them self-sufficient.
An alternative Tashlich service that raises awareness of injustice and inequality.
Provided free tax assistance for the working poor
youth program modeled after the college Alternative Spring Break
World Food Day occurs in the middle of October. Certain restaurants will donate 7% of their proceeds on that day to fight hunger. Work with your local synagogue and restaurants to help end hunger in your city!
The congregation worked together with members of the Muslim community to build a home for a needy family while breaking down the barriers that existed between the two groups.
The Giving Tree is an annual gift-giving program that benefits children, families, and seniors that would not normally have the funds to celebrate the holidays. This program has blossomed into a year-round programming project benefiting over 2,000 people.
The congregation established programs occuring throughout the year focusing on anti-hunger and poverty.
The Temple has been able to transform its Mitzvah Day into a year-round opportunity for social action.
The synagogue has partnered with a local elementary school to improve the literacy of the students. By donating money for new books, buying books, and creating tutoring programs, the synagogue has shown what it means to be "The People of the Book."
The Potato Project works to save millions of pounds of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other products that are wasted in the fields.
Beth Hillel's Intergenerational Retreat
The Temple created a multifaceted AIDS awareness/action Project. The project provides assistance, support, advocacy, and education for all who are infected, affected, at risk, or concerned about HIV/AIDS.
Temple members fulfill a mitzvah by picking up complimentary bottles of shampoo when traveling on vacation. Afterwards the collected items are donated to an area homeless shelter.
The Temple created a Tikkun Olam project for every grade of the religious school. In this way, students learned Jewish texts throughout the year, were involved in the project with their families, and were able to build ongoing relationships with other Temple families.
The Temple revamped its Social Action Committee by creating pledge cards in which congregants can indicate which type of Social Action projects they are interesting in doing and how often they are available to do them.
The Temple began a program in which congregants teach what they know best to homeless residents at a neighborhood shelter. In addition, the Temple created a library for the homeless shelter and formed a tutoring program.
Congregations came together to defeat Question One, a proposition to eliminate the state income tax.
An interfaith county-wide rotating homeless shelter.
A synagogue can work to gather cold weather garments for area homeless shelters.
Throughout the year, the congregation had a "Mitzvah of the Month" which provided supplies and caring for the Wimauma community of farmworkers.
Social Action calendar was created to allow congregants to choose activities that fit in their schedule.
With a focus on congregant’s social justice interests, synagogue provides numerous programming and advocacy opportunities all year.
Congregants sign up for three month commitments to buy an extra can of food each time they shop. Donations are brought to the Temple and donated to local food banks.
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