October 31, 2014   7 Cheshvan 5775
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Raising money to provide food, clothing, furniture, car seats, and tutoring for the welfare recipients assigned to specific caseworkers.
Congregation provides holiday meals and gifts to less fortunate families in their area.
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 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
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.
Distribution of toiletry kits to local homeless shelters.
Congregation provides social welfare services to alleviate the devastating effects of poverty on the community.
Collect and distribute books to under-resourced classrooms or disadvantaged families.
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.
Congregants volunteer regularly at local soup kitchens.
Congregation Beth Yam in Hilton Head, South Carolina has been working with the Children's Center on behalf of low-income children.
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.
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.
Synagogue works in tandem with a local church organization to provide assistance and resources for homeless families.
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.
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.
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 involves local Jews in building a house with Habitat for Humanity.
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.
Congregation feeds the hungry in the local community.
Combats the city’s homelessness problem by engaging in advocacy, education, marketing and direct service efforts.
Youth prepare weekly lunches for the homeless.
A collaboration between two non-profit social service agencies and more than 30 faith groups, which volunteer to host dinner and/or provide housing at least one day a year to make sure that homeless individuals constantly have a place to stay and eat.
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.
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.
A synagogue's Social Action Committee has implemented an ongoing program of tikkun olam. The synagogue creates year-round programs, demonstrating the congregant's unwavering commitment to those is need, at home or abroad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Synagogue partners with local Legal Services to help their clients work towards self-sufficiency.
Non-profit organization that serves the Jewish elderly of the Lower East Side in New York City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Provided free tax assistance for the working poor
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.
A grant program available for public school teachers for educational programs that address community needs.
A congregation created three comprehensive projects for the Friendship House, a homeless shelter for abused women, children at risk, migrant workers, and the Sunrise Community, an agency for developmentally disabled adults.
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.
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.
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.
Various houses of worship pledge to open their facilities throughout the winter to homeless men in the community who need shelter, food, and transportation.
Conservation project to save trees, educate about conditions of farm workers and teach value of gleaning.
A new and successful program to educate congregants about diverse disaster relief initiatives and to raise funds to support people in need throughout the world.
During the High Holy Days and following month, congregation collects packages of underwear to distribute to local homeless community.
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.
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.
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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