The Social Action Committee (SAC) works to support community organizations that assist needy families in New Rochelle and Westchester County. Involvement with this committee provides fulfillment to Temple members as they give of themselves to the community at large.
Throughout the year, the SAC runs a food drive to obtain nonperishable goods for Hope Community Services, which is based in the south end of New Rochelle. In 2009-2010, the SAC organized two Family Sandwich Brigades, at which dozens of caring religious school families came together to prepare and deliver hundreds of protein-rich sandwiches to the Hope soup kitchen.
Several hundred toys are collected every year for the less fortunate children in our community. Our annual Chanukah Toy Drive provides an abundant selection of toys for Hope’s holiday parties. In 2009, the TINR SAC provided toys and made monetary donations for the purchase of gifts to homeless children at a school in the Bronx. The committee created the “Birthday Buddies” program for these children in the 2010-2011 school year so that individual families could purchase gifts for a designated child in recognition of his or her birthday.
Gently used children’s clothing is collected on an ongoing basis for both The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester and My Sister’s Place. Several of our members have volunteered to work at The Sharing Shelf, as well.
The SAC is also involved in issues of national and international concern that are brought to the forefront by the Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center. In the past, we screened the film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” to raise awareness about the dangers of global warming, and we organized our first “Social Action Shabbat,” to which we invited a guest speaker to discuss human trafficking.
The Social Action Committee of Temple Israel is always ready to lend a hand and promote a worthy cause for the betterment of our community. For more information please contact Deborah Blatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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