Congregation Shaarai Shomayim in Lancaster, Pennsylvania partnered with the local JCC to put on a benefit concert and evening of educational programming to respond to the 2010 Carmel fires in Israel.
Congregation re-envisioned its food drive by requesting non-perishables by assigned first letter.
Temple Anshe Amunim sets up a crib each year leading up to Chanukah to collect new clothing, toys and other items for infants, toddlers and small children.
Monthly social action activities for families with children grades K-3.
Congregation “adopts” a school in a poverty-stricken neighborhood.
The Passover ritual of removing leavened products from the home provides an opportunity to collect soup kitchen donations.
Visit a different social action website each night of Chanukah. Use these sites as a springboard for volunteer work and charitable giving.
Congregation organizes 40 hours worth of volunteer activities around Passover.
Fill your mishloach manot baskets with Fair Trade products and create a more just and sustainable world while enjoying tasty treats.
Congregants bring the “spirit of Christmas” to needy families through gift-giving and by hosting an annual Christmas dinner.
Emphasizing Purim gift-giving to children in crisis.
High Holiday tickets had sign-up information for six upcoming social action projects.
Congregations and individuals donate surplus Judaica to developing Central and South American Jewish communities.
Congregants organized visits to local cemeteries for seniors who wished to visit the graves of their loved ones.
Integrates Passover observance with combating hunger by partnering with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) presents educational resources on responsible energy use for Chanukah programming.
Tzedakah project focusing on the mitzvah of tikkun olam during Chanukah.
Congregation and local NAACP co-sponsor annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative service at synagogue.
Donations are collected prior to provide Kosher for Passover meals to Jewish families in need.
Miracle Menorah provides gifts to women, children and families during the holiday season.
Families donate gifts or money to charitable organizations instead of exchanging gifts on the sixth night of Chanukah.
Special canned goods collection and volunteer work during the Counting of the Omer.
Synagogue conducts Shabbat services once a month at area prisons.
This project is now in its third year at Congregation Shir Tikvah (Troy, MI). Congregants provide Chanukah gifts to less fortunate children, seniors and homeless adults in their community in a very personal way.
A congregation's inspiring program to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the local community and to bring about support, healing, and comfort to those affected. The synagogue's Social Action Committee created a unique Haggadah, enumerating the plagues that hinder liberation from AIDS. This initiative has become an empowering vehicle through which many temple members have put their Jewish values to work.
The Temple opened its High Holiday services to people with hearing difficulties.
Confirmation class presents a Shavuot meal, researching how and where it was harvested.
A Psalm written by Ted Merwin to be used with Tashlich for a Just City
An alternative Tashlich service that raises awareness of injustice and inequality and strengthen the participants’ resolve in order to take action.
A congregation's inspiring sense of community responsibility through their devotion to The Friendship House, a homeless shelter for abused women, children at risk, migrant workers, and the working poor, and the Sunrise Community, an agency for the developmentally compromised adults. The community's efforts were focused on three comprehensive projects: La Casa, a thrift store opened to help the Friendship House community become more self-sufficient, Breast Cancer Awareness, and the Annual Christmas Eve/Chanukah Party celebration.
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.
An annual gift giving program that benefits children, families, and seniors that would not normally have the funds to celebrate the holidays.
A synagogue's initiative to work with the local Interfaith Shelter Network over the Christmas holiday to provide assistance to those who need the support.
Raise awareness of captive Israeli soldiers by leaving 3 chairs open at community events.
The “Rocky Mountain Chai” at Congregation Har Shalom celebrated Tu BiSh’vat with a weekend of indoor and outdoor activities designed to connect congregants with the local environment and Jewish ecological values.
Conservation project to save trees, educate about conditions of farm workers and teach value of gleaning.
Congregants can “buy” Passover items from a virtual store to donate to Jews in need.
Congregation creates a year’s worth of programs and opportunities to think about and do tzedakah.