Today is August 15, 2020 -
Social Action Committee—Tikkun Olam
We encourage new ideas and the involvement of interested congregants! Meetings are usually held the second Monday night of the month at 8:00 PM. Join us! Please contact the center office for more info. 201-796-5040.
Bikkur holim (visiting the sick) and Shabbat meals for congregants discharged
from the hospital
When the Rabbi or office informs us that someone would like a phone call, visit and/or Shabbat meal after returning home from the hospital, we take turns doing this important mitzvah.
Family Promise Weekend Program
Volunteers spend two hours on the first Sunday of the month in the afternoon at the Family Center at a Ridgewood church, where homeless families with dependent children use as their temporary home. We play with the children, talk to the adults, or just be there so that the family has a place to relax and do laundry, etc. Without volunteers, the Church’s Family Center would be closed since the staff does not work on the weekends. Teens who are accompanied by an adult are welcome.
High Holiday and Pre-Passover Food Drives
We collect food for the Center for Food Action (CFA), Jewish Family Service (JFS) and Fair Lawn Health and Human Services pantries. The congregation is encouraged to bring food from early September until Sukkot and then again during Passover. Our committee then divides the donations between the three food pantries and delivers them. The food pantries have at times been struggling to keep up with the great need for food in our area.
J-ADD (Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities) Flowers
We distribute information about ordering beautiful flower bouquets and centerpieces made by people with developmental disabilities. Pick up of the flowers ordered is usually on the morning of Erev Rosh Hashanah, Erev Sukkot, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the morning of the first Seder of Passover at the synagogue.
Hanukkah Toy Drive
We collect new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children and teens, including games, sports equipment, make-up sets, dolls, purses, costume jewelry, and other donated items for the Bergen County Hanukkah Toy drive. Items are donated to over 17 deserving local charities that serve children in hospitals, group homes, shelters and other accommodations indicating need. We continue the drive after Hanukkah and donate the rest to Eva’s Village in Paterson in time for Christmas. Eva’s Village provides programs to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted, and provide medical care to the poor. We also assist the town gift collection for families in need.
Hackensack Shelter Dinner and Center for Hope & Safety
Twice during the winter (the second in collaboration with Sisterhood), as part of our commitment to feeding the hungry, we prepare and serve dinner for over 100 people at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center in Hackensack. This mitzvah is a big undertaking with participation of many in our shul community. Food is either cooked or bought, along with serving supplies and then brought to the synagogue. A committee of teens and adults brings a meal to the shelter and serves those in need of a hot meal. We also provide meals for the Center for Hope & Safety several times a year. We depend on efforts of volunteer congregants for this meaningful project.
Collaborate with our Religious School Students
Emergency Supply Packages
We create packages for Meals on Wheels recipients and others in the community supported by Jewish Family Services in late November. The packages contain non-perishable items in case of inclement weather when meals cannot be delivered. Items are donated or bought and assembled with the help of our Religious School children. This invaluable service is even more important to those housebound during unpredictable weather.
Center for Food Action (CFA) Snack Packs
The Zayin Religious school students help us assemble 100 weekend snack packs for children who receive subsidized school lunches and do not get adequate nutrition on the weekends. The Center for Food Action has a specific list of items that we buy, like boxes of macaroni and cheese, milk, juice, etc. We pack these items in gallon-sized Ziploc bags and deliver them to the CFA, which distributes them to the identified children. Our students find this a meaningful, hands-on way of helping children in need.