Social Action Welcome

Food for the Hungry

Hope Community Services: TINR has an ongoing collection of nonperishable food items that are donated to Hope Community Services ( Grocery carts are located in the Temple foyer, in front of the Chavaya office and in Kehillah. Reusable grocery bags are available next to the carts – simply fill it up and bring it baci. We urge members of the community to either purchase a “chai” bag of items each month ($18) or as often as you are comfortable to help meet an immediate and ongoing need here in New Rochelle. Hope provides protein in every bag they fill at their food pantry. These items are in short supply and you can help.

Suggested items:

  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Beef Stew
  • Canned Chili
  • Canned Meat Ravioli
  • Canned Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Spam
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Chicken Soup
  • Canned Beef Soup
  • Peanut Butter

If you prefer, make a donation directly to Hope and let them use your dollars to purchase what they need:

Cooking for a Cause: Each month, we prepare and serve a meal at Community Service Associates, located at 115 South Fifth Avenue in Mount Vernon. A menu is planned and listed in Temple Topics each month and the weekly eblast. We need 10 volunteers to prepare and provide ten servings of that item.

Brown Bag Lunch Program: At least once each year, the Social Action Committee invites congregants to come together and pack brown bag lunches for Trinity St. Paul’s Brown Bag lunch program.

UJA Post-Pesach Food Drive: Each spring, as Passover ends, TINR partners with the UJA to collect new, unopened and non-perishable Passover food items. Please look at weekly updates and Temple Topics for dates and drop-off information.

Clothing for Children

We collect new and gently used clothing for infants, youth and teens on an ongoing basis for The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester. Clothing should be seasonally appropriate and in clean, wearable condition.

  • Donations should be bagged and dropped off in the grey basket in the Temple foyer.
  • We do NOT collect used socks, used underwear, dirty or damaged clothing, bedding and adult clothing formerly worn by adults.
  • For a list of items needed by The Sharing Shelf:

Each summer, we also seek donations of new backpacks and new school supplies for The Sharing Shelf’s “Backpacks to School” effort. Look in August Temple Topics and the weekly eblast throughout the summer for a supply list.


The Giving Tree – Holiday Gifts for Children in Need

Every November, we erect a “Giving Tree” tree and fill it with leaves. Each leaf has the name and age of a child as well as a “wish” item for that child. Children on our tree are identified by congregants who work closely with low-income and/or homeless children and families. Our tree has grown over the years to more than 200 children who benefit from our giving. We encourage congregants to pick a leaf and purchase an age appropriate gift then bring that gift back to TINR, wrapped and ready for distribution. Volunteers are needed to in mid- November to set-up and again in mid-December to help organize the gifts and, in some cases, deliver them to a local program.

Mitzvah Day

The Social Action Committee strives to make a difference in the community. This event is open to the entire TINR community. Families have the opportunity to work together on different projects that support the community!


Call to Action Hudson Valley

Syrian and Worldwide Refugee Crisis:

The Board of Trustees, The Social Action Committee and Rabbi Weiner have endorsed and joined the “Call to Action Hudson Valley,” a grassroots, locally organized community of individual citizens and over 100 local civic and religious organizations –Christian, Jewish and Muslim—who have signed an explicit call for our civil and religious leadership to open our doors to Syrian refugees and to resettle refugee families right here in the Hudson Valley and in Westchester.

The Call to Action encourages the leading refugee agencies including HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and CWS, Church World Service to open resettlement offices in our region that would enable such resettlement.

The Social Action Committee will take an active role in working with HIAS and other refugee agencies to help settle and support refugee families right here in Westchester County and New Rochelle. We will do so by keeping the Temple Community informed, by inclusion of refugee materials and action at Mitzvah Day and other events, and by partnering with sister Temples and others in the faith-based community to welcome and support one or more families in our community.

About HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society:  HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.

For more information about how you and your family can support and participate, please contact SAC member Howard Horowitz at or 914-907-6323 (cell).