October 22, 2014   28 Tishrei 5775
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Congregation provides holiday meals and gifts to less fortunate families in their area.
Congregation re-envisioned its food drive by requesting non-perishables by assigned first letter.
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.
Congregation sends non-perishable kosher food to hungry Jews in Ukraine.
Distribution of toiletry kits to local homeless shelters.
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.
Congregation sponsors an annual Christmas Dinner for their local homeless, distributing meals, toys and care packages to families in need.
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.
Creation of a community garden to harvest and donate produce to area food banks.
Congregants volunteer regularly at local soup kitchens.
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.
Congregation adopts a school in a poverty-stricken neighborhood.
The Temple has built a strong social action program which has seeked to mazimize opportunities for members to be involved.
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.
Synagogue works in tandem with a local church organization to provide assistance and resources for homeless families.
A congregation's commitment to Social Action initiated two comprehensive projects. The first was an annual three-day trip for underprivileged students which takes place at URJ Greene Family Camp. The second project, which was done as a fund-raising effort, the committee began offering intra-congregational shalach manot baskets, thereby performing the mitzvah of sending food packages to friends and relatives on Purim. In addition to these projects, the Steering Committee created the Mitzvah Messengers program to encourage the congregation's children to become involved in the community.
Congregation organizes 40 hours worth of volunteer activities around Passover.
Congregants provides monthly dinner to residents of a local apartment complex for citizens with physical disabilities.
To ensure a coordinated volunteer effort, a proactive committee was formed encompassing representatives from Brotherhood, WRJ-Sisterhood, Youth Group, and the congregation as a whole. This clearing house identifies community needs, organizes and coordinates activities and involves as many congregants as possible in social action projects.
Congregants bring the spirit of Christmas to needy families through gift-giving and by hosting an annual Christmas dinner.
Tzedekah collective to fund a variety of projects throughout the year.
A congregation's social action program which enables temple family members to participate in such programs, focused on inner-city residents. These intensified efforts resulted in greater participation in synagogue social action in and around the congregation.
A congregation's initiative that focused on three programs that have been particularly successful: a homeless shelter for men to assist them and offer support; an AIDS education program; Mitzvah Day program which supported and helped the wider community in meaningful and profound ways.
Annual gleaning project to provide fresh produce to area food banks.
Congregation built a food pantry for a local homeless shelter, decorated their dining room, and assisted in serving meals.
Congregation feeds the hungry in the local community.
Temple Beth Shaom in Santa Fe, NM has an on-going multifaceted program
provide food and clothing to immigrant workers in California
Youth prepare weekly lunches for the homeless.
Volunteers augment donated food at the Inspiration Cafe, cook, and serve one Thursday evening a month. Every Saturday, volunteers pick up day-old goods at a local grocery store and distribute it to local agencies.
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.
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.
Integrates Passover observance with combating hunger by partnering with MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.
Donations are collected prior to provide Kosher for Passover meals to Jewish families in need.
A weekly brown-bag lunch program for children at a neghbouring daycare center.
Hands-on service opportunities for families that include a strong educational component.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congregation Emanu-el in San Francisco, CA created Project H.E.L.P.
Synagogue helps improve the basic living standards of impoverished families in Mexico.
Congregants assist needy families in the area by preparing and delivering monthly packages of canned goods, preserved foods and family favorites.
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 synagogue's initiative to infuse social action to its congregants by compelling the congregants, including its youth, to speak out and become involved in the Temple's activities. Temple members have been involved in an AIDS lunch program, repairing homes, collection of food and clothing projects, as well as various other social action programs and advocacy work.
Teens in grades 7-12 across the state went door-to-door on the evening of October 31, Halloween, “trick-or-treating” for canned goods to donate to local shelters.
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.
After engaging in a study of kashrut and Jewish thought around eating, congregation forms CSA (community sustained agricultural) partnership with local farm.
Temple Sinai in Atlanta, GA created a food rescue program.
High school students explore issues of local homelessness by spending a night in make-shift cardboard box shelters.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
A congregation's initiative to help and assist the homeless. The community works in tandem with a local church two to four times a year to house homeless families for a week, supplying shelter, meals, supplies and emotional support. This congregation became a leading homeless advocate in its area by encouraging four other congregations to support the shelter.
A synagogue initiative to work with the local Interfaith Shelter Network over the Christmas holiday to provide assistance to people in need.
The Potato Project works to save millions of pounds of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other products that are wasted in the fields.
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.
A congregation's initiative to enthuse congregants to participate in community service projects. All of the projects, though, served to make Temple members more responsive to the needs of the community and to make the Temple more of a part of the community.
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.
The Temple's religious school engaged in a year long project to support Ethiopian Jewry. They sold embroidery, hosted a Ethiopian-themed Shabbat, and created a national photo exhibit.
An interfaith county-wide rotating homeless shelter.
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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