Social action, social justice and tikkun olam (healing the world) are important values of the modern Reform movement and a priority at Temple Emanuel. The Social Action/Community Service (SACS) Committee of Temple Emanuel is working to strengthen inter-generational social action – blending families and individuals in working together on book drives, collecting and packing up food donations, providing meals, and other activities throughout the year.
These are some of the activities SACS is involved in:
- High Holy Days Food Drive to stock the Jewish Family Service and the Orange Food Bank
- Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK). We are committed to staff the Soup Kitchen one Sunday each month. Teens and adults are involved in this activity.
- Abraham’s Tent. Co-sponsored by Columbus House and the Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, faith communities provide overnight shelter and meals for homeless men through the winter months. SACS volunteers partner with another local congregation and provide dinners for one week in the winter.
- Cook and Care Walk-a-thon, a major fundraiser for Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, FISH, the Community Soup Kitchen and DESK (the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen). TE members of all ages participate in this event.
- TE volunteers join with Interfaith Cooperative Ministries to provide Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and home-bound
- Intergenerational Projects – connected with Religious School/Holidays
- SACS members participate in the Social Justice Shabbat service on the Friday evening before the Martin Luther King holiday.
- SACS members volunteer and make contributions to the Youth Reading Group of the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project.
- Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger: MAZON distributes funds to millions of poor and hungry people throughout the world. Some B’nai Mitzvah families choose to make donations to MAZON rather than buy a bouquet for the bima. A food basket replaces the flowers on the bima to symbolize the family’s choice to make a MAZON contribution.
Over the course of the year, we will inform the congregation about upcoming projects in which you can get involved. To participate in any of these
activities or to add one of particular interest to you, please email TikkunOlam@TempleEmanuel-GNH.org. TE members of all ages are welcome and are encouraged to get involved.
Tikkun Olam. For many of us it is the essence of our belief. Working to make the world a better place is reflected in our prayers and in our acts. We need your help to make Tikkun Olam alive again at Temple Emanuel. Over the years, we at TE have engaged in a wide variety of activities: Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen Yom Kippur food drives Delivered and prepared meals for the homeless and needy at Thanksgiving Participated in Abraham’s Tent Walked in the Cook and Care Walk-a-thon Been part of Habitat for Humanity Travelled to Nicaragua with the New Haven/Leon […] more
Twelve intrepid TE members spent part of a recent Sunday afternoon meandering around the St. Ronan’s St. and East Rock neighborhoods in New Haven enjoying a lovely fall day (and each others’ company) as participants of the 2012 Cook and Care Walk-a-thon. TE members have supported the Walk-a-thon for many years. Proceeds from the Walk-a-thon support four programs for the hungry: FISH, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, the Community Soup Kitchen and Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. This intergenerational/interfaith event happens every October; please consider joining us in 2013. more
Following on the 2009 Temple Emanuel delegation to New Haven’s Sister City of León, Nicaragua, SACS members continue to actively support the youth reading group. This project involves 13 teenaged boys and 1 girl in the rural village of Goyena, a community that was created on the outskirts of León for people who lost their homes due to the destruction of Hurricane Mitch in 1998. Reading is not a common activity in this community, but this group of youth has become enthusiastic readers! In November 2011, SACS members and the Rabbi are contributing to a fund that will enable […] more