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Social Action/Chevrah Tikkun

 

 Please save the following dates to join our Social Action meetings either in person or virtually:

Sunday, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 22 & Dec. 13 at 10 AM (Details and links to follow)

Covid-19 Actions:

Support Local Unemployed Seamstresses by Purchasing a Mask

LT Social Action supports congregants Roseanne Amoils and her daughter Alyssa with their initiative that combines local job creation with personal protection. They are making masks! Each mask costs $10 and all monies raised by this project will go directly to local seamstresses who have become unemployed due to the pandemic. To order and for more information, click here .

My Sister's Place
My Sisters Place is in need of cleaning supplies and wipes , masks, new pillows, new twin bedding, thermometers, Band-aides, alcohol, peroxide, cotton balls, peroxide, white hazel and slippers.  Gift cards to CVS, Target or Walmart or packages can be sent  to PO Box 1245, Yonkers New York 10702.

Hope Community Services in New Rochelle is the largest emergency food pantry and soup kitchen in the region, and due to COVID the needs have escalated exponentially.  

Throughout this school year, Larchmont Temple will provide four evening meals to be served to members of our local community. Our first meal will be served on October 5th. We certainly hope that eventually we will be able to gather and cook together, but for now,  we will use local businesses to prepare the meal. Please consider contributing to a fund to purchase the meal using this link: 

Thank you for your support of local community members in need!

For more information, contact: Elissa Tauber elissatauber @gmail.com, Clay Tarica claytarica@gmail.com 

 

Support the Community Resource Center's Emergency Assistance Fund
Our local immigrant community is being deeply impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and its economic impact. Many low-income families are out of work and are struggling to afford the basics of life. The CRC Emergency Assistance Fund is available to anyone in the community in need. This fund will directly support:
• the purchase of food cards and vouchers for families in need of food
• the purchase of medical prescriptions, Epi Pens, inhalers, and expensive over the counter drugs
• subsidized rental assistance

Contribute to the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force

The best way to help is by making a cash donation to The Hunger Task Force. Food donations are discouraged because currently, there isn't a means to receive and distribute food while insuring the safety of volunteers and food recipients.

Contribute to Emergency Food Support for Local Students on Free/Reduced Lunch Plans

Our Mamaroneck school system continues to provide free breakfast and lunches to 987 students in our district during this time. This fund is to provide an additional bag of food to each of those recipients to supplement its contents.

Below are descriptions of events Social Action has held in the past and intends to hold again in the future. 

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.

Midnight Run 

Midnight Run is a volunteer organization that distributes food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City.  Larchmont Temple works with Larchmont Avenue Church in doing monthly runs to help the homeless.  The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection.  The human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission.  During COVID, we find it important to continue to share in conversation and much needed food and clothes with our friends on the street. . We are limiting the number of people who sort and go on runs into the city.  Volunteers can make lunches at home.  We accept clothing donations.  With your help we will purchase toiletries and other personal items, please Donate Here!   For more information contact Linda Riefberg - linda.riefberg@gmail.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.

Visit with the Coachman Kids 

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!

Neighbors for Refugees

We advocate for the rights of refugees everywhere and work directly with refugee families to provide them with the necessary services, resources, and community support to bolster their resilience, achieve self-sufficiency and thrive in their new homes
NFR invites people interested in this mission to join with us.
Additional information on the program can be found at:  
https://www.neighborsforrefugees.org/

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity  please contact Mike Reichgott at Michael.reichgott@einsteinmed.org
917-836-5247

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.

 

Wed, November 25 2020 9 Kislev 5781