Social Action

Dowtown New Haven Soup Kitchen

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.

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