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Social Action/Chevrah Tikkun

 

The Social Action Committee meets monthly on Sundays from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM in Axelrod

2019 - 2020 MEETING DATES:

12/15, 1/12, 2/9, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17

Below are descriptions of events Social Action has held in the past and intends to hold again in 2019/20, future dates to come for those not already listed

Social Action Committee 2019 Holiday Gift Giving (Now through December with various deadlines for donations)

As many of you know from years past, this program is designed to help families in need in our community to have a more joyous holiday season. There are several ways you can participate, once you review the options here, please sign up here . If you have any questions about the information below or if you have trouble accessing the google doc to sign up, contact mitchelljennifer214@gmail.com.

Bookbag Literacy Program (Ongoing)

If you would like to volunteer Saturdays from 1:30 - 3:00 PM at the Coachman Family Center, please contact Elissa Bard at elissabard@gmail.com. We are looking for teen volunteers and parent supervisors.

LT/CRC Volunteer Orientation Day (12/14, 1:00 - 4:00 PM)

The LT Social Justice and Social Action Committees have formed a partnership with the Community Resource Center (CRC) of Mamaroneck, and we are seeking volunteers to help support the CRC community.  

 Volunteers can sign up to receive training in the following areas:
(1). Community Justice Program - legal representation, court accompaniments and support for asylum seekers 
(2). Educational Programs - English as Second Language and Computer Literacy classes
(3). Event Planning and fundraising
(4). Census 2020
 
Please click HERE to sign up.

Visit with the Coachman Kids (12/15, 3/1, 5/3)

Larchmont Temple hosts kids form the Coachman Family Center in the Social Hall for lunch and fun activities. Volunteers of all ages encouraged to attend.  For more information, please contact Vicki Ehrlich at drvickiehrlich@aol.com, or Sari Winters at sariwinter@gmail.com. Organizing and leading activities for the kids from the Coachman could be a great Mitzvah Project!

Midnight Run (11/ 23, 1/25, 2/29)

Midnight Run is a consortium of synagogues, churches and schools. Volunteers make lunches and soup that we bring in a caravan to the city to distribute to the homeless. We meet at 4:00 pm at Larchmont Avenue Church to sort clothes and toiletries. We return to the church at 8:30 pm to load the cars and drive to the city to go to pre-determined spots where we hand out the goods. We usually are back in Larchmont between 1:30 am and 2:00 am. Children of all ages can help make lunches at home and sort. Children 12 and older can go on the run with their parents. Teens 15 and older may go on the run without their parents as long as their parents consent. Contact Linda Riefberg - linda.riefberg@gmail.com. Organizing lunch preparation and donation of items, as well as participating in the Run, could be a great Mitzvah Project! 

Cook-In for Hope Soup Kitchen (1/26, 3/29)

You do not have to know how to cook for this event. Just meet us in the Larchmont Temple kitchen and we will assign everyone a small task that will come together to form a complete meal from beginning to end. We donate, prepare and cook food for about 250 folks who come to Hope Soup Kitchen on a regular basis to receive a wholesome meal. We prepare a complete meal from beginning to end. Children always enjoy the cook-in, especially baking, accompanied by an adult. Sign up to cook, donate, or serve here.

If you cannot cook with us, you can bring your donation- cooked or raw - to the LT kitchen refrigerator with a HOPE LABEL on the package before 11:00 am on the Sunday we will be cooking. A google doc will be circulated in advance with donation items. We will be serving at HOPE Community Services at 50 Washington Ave, New Rochelle, NY.  If you have a child 13 or older that would like to participate and is comfortable with the population, please feel free to bring him/her with you. There are other opportunities at Hope Soup Kitchen for Mitzvah Projects, such as organizing a meal yourself or with a friend. Contact Jill Sarkozi jill@thesarkozis.net, Elissa Tauber  elissatauber@gmail.com or Clay Tarica claytarica@hotmail.com.

Pleasantville Cottages

LT shares snacks, plays games and runs activities with the children at the Pleasantville Cottage School in Pleasantville, a school for children with emotional or learning disabilities, ages 12-19. This is a great opportunity for kids 12 and up and adults. We meet at 12:45 PM at Larchmont Temple and drive together to spend about 2 hours with the teens. Contact linda.riefberg@gmail.com or Lisashu50@gmail.com. There are great opportunities for Mitzvah Projects at Pleasantville Cottages, such as “adopting” a bunk and providing birthday gifts or other items for the residents.

Social Action Coat Drive (November 15 - December 15)

Larchmont Temple collects gently used men, women and children's coats, hats, gloves and scarves for our yearly coat drive. The coats are donated to Midnight Run, the Coachman Family Shelter, My Sister's Place and the Sharing Shelf. Any questions, please contact Vicky Stein at: vnstein@aol.com

DOROT Homelessness Prevention (1/16)

Cook and/or serve a home-cooked meal to seniors at DOROT's Upper West Side location. Contact: jensperkins@gmail.com.

The Community Resource Center Holiday Celebration (December 8)

Join us for a holiday celebration. We will distribute gifts to the children and learn about each other's religions and cultures through the stories and activities. Contact: sariwinter@gmail.com.

THE MISSION OF THE SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE:

1. To promote hands-on participation in events that contribute to charitable causes and community.
2. To contribute financially to a variety of charitable organizations, funds for which will be derived from the “Social Action Tzedakah Fund.”
3. To promote social advocacy at all levels of government and community.

If you have a desire to help make the world (and especially our community) a better place, please consider participating in the SAC to help us make this happen. We meet once each month to discuss a variety of projects and events that we organize for this cause, and would love your input. You can also help us decide where to donate money from the temple’s social action Tzedakah fund. SAC members incur no financial commitment….just a desire to help repair the world. Come to our next meeting, or simply volunteer at one of our many programs. We welcome your help and input. Contact: SAC@larchmonttemple.org.

 

Fri, December 13 2019 15 Kislev 5780