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Social Action Highlights

Co-Chairs:

Laurie Bayer abayer@cox.net

Ellen Frankel ellenf321@cox.net

Hanna Marcus hmar45@aol.com

Social Action Mission: In the spirit of Tikkun Olam and Chesed, to provide human needs, social support, and a helping hand to other members of the congregation and the community.

Chesed & Bikur Cholim
(kindness & visiting the sick)

One of the major pillars of Judaism is G'milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). All of us at some time in our lives are in need of help for various reasons: illness, injury, immobility, loneliness, etc. No greater mitzvah can be achieved than carrying out acts of kindness and visiting the infirmed. Our Social Action Committee (SAC) wishes to engage more members of our congregation in this wonderful activity. So often the visitor receives as much gratification as the visited; and often in life it's more rewarding to give than to receive. If you are interested in participating please contact the Temple's administrative office to learn how you can help and what you would be willing to do. Also, if you are someone in need please let us know.

Our congregatation is involved in efforts to feed those in need.

Our High Holiday food drive collected over 80 bags of food for the food pantry during the High Holy Days.

Our food scrip cards were delivered to Jewish Family Services before the High Holy Days, Chanukah, and Passover to disseminate to their clients.

During the Thanksgiving season, we collected contributions in order to purchase food baskets, which were bought and personally delivered by our volunteers to families identified by MACC and HVCC Charities.

Our members leave non-perishable food items year round in our grocery shopping cart located in the front lobby. Volunteers deliver the items to the local food pantry.

Clothing Collection

During the winter season, we held both a children and adult clothing drive culminating in several carloads of clothing, which were donated to Head Start and the MACC Clothing Store. During the spring, we held another children's clothing drive for kids participating in the Manchester Head Start Program.

Head Start Gift Shop

Volunteers from Temple Beth Sholom help 3 and 4 year old children at two Head Start locations to choose and wrap gifts for their family members during the winter holiday season. Our members donate all the gifts. We are the only religious congregation in the community that provides this unique service that is so appreciated by the kids.

Mitzvah Day

The tenth annual Mitzvah Day will be held on May 22, 2011. Many volunteers from the congregation help with activities to benefit both the Temple and community. These include fun activities for children involved in the DCF system,  sprucing up the Temple grounds and the Berdine Stoltz garden, a nursing home visit, and other fulfilling mitzvahs. We look forward to everyone's involvement in this important mitzvah.

 

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