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Social Action | Tikkun Olam תיקון עולם

Repairing the World
 

Social Action PhotoThe Social Action Committee at The Community Synagogue is part of K’lal Yisrael, the entire Jewish community. We pursue tzedek (justice) and perform mitzvot (commandments) to translate the words of Torah into the works of our hands. We strive to become partners with God in Tikkun Olam – repairing the world both within the local community and outside its boundaries.

To participate please contact our VP of Social Action: Mara Silverstein marasilverstein@gmail.com


Current Social Action Projects
 

Upholding Humanity: Refugee Resettlement

This coalition is actively involved with refugee resettlement for ten refugee families - from Afghanistan, Central America and Ukraine.

We are asking for your support in two ways:

Click here for complete details on the Upholding Humanity initiative and how you can support it.

 

Time for Dinner

Our kickoff event was a tremendous success! Teen and adult volunteers packaged and delivered 60 meals to food insecure members of our community. 


Time for Dinner is a new initiative by The Community Synagogue to directly address food insecurity in our Port Washington community.

 

The Front Porch Project

The Community Synagogue has started working with the Rudman Family Food Pantry at the Mid-Island Y JCC to supply homebound seniors and low income families throughout Long Island with food, cleaning supplies, hygiene items and so much more. Nearly half of the people they help are poor/near poor. The other half are people who can get by under normal circumstances, but are struggling now because of the COVID crisis and other health issues.

In November, we held our first Front Porch Project, which allowed families to get involved with collecting needed items from friends and family directly on their front porches. 

The next Front Porch project will take place from  March 20 – April 3, 2022. 
More information coming soon. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Michele Posner.

 

Support Local Food Pantries

With the economics of the pandemic still affecting many of our local neighbors, there is an ongoing need to address the issue of food insecurity. The food pantries of Port Washington have seen a large increase in the number of families coming to them to meet their weekly grocery needs.

We ask that you please think of our less fortunate local neighbors who are challenged to put food on their table. When making your own grocery list, please add some items on the below list and bring them to one of the Port Washington pantries during the stated hours.

Cheese Apples Cereal Pepper Artificial Sweeteners
Chicken (raw) Oranges Mac and Cheese Mayonnaise Jelly
Chopped meat Coffee Mustard Honey Peanut Butter
Plantains Rice Ketchup Maple Syrup Olive Oil
Beets Bacon Salt Sugar Cooking Oil


Delivery Locations, Contact Information, and Hours
PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE OF DELIVERY

Our Lady of Fatima, Outreach Office
10 Cottonwood Road
Port Washington


Sister Kathy Somerville
516-883-3903
St. Peter's of Alcantara, Parish Social Ministry
1317 Port Washington Blvd.
Port Washington
(Rear of IHM Spirituality Ctr near old school playground)

Lourdes Taglialatela
516-883-0365
 

Mon – Thurs
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 


 


Ongoing Social Action Projects

  • Community Dinners: On a quarterly basis, we hold sit down dinner/dances on Saturday nights for local residents who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy a night out. 
  • Ongoing Efforts to End Genocide: The Brotherhood of The Community Synagogue is engaged in acts of consciousness raising, education and action to end genocide.  To support their efforts and that of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, click here. If you are interested in obtaining the image as a banner (9' x 3') please contact Steve Kaplan at skaplan-commsyn@usa.net
  • Holiday Toy and Personal Item Drive: The Sisterhood of The Community Synagogue, in conjunction with the Religious School, the Early Childhood Center, our POWTY teens and our entire synagogue family, is collecting toys for organizations serving children and families in need. 
  • Thanksgiving Basket: Assemble baskets to be delivered to those in need. Register with Bari Ziegel at 516-762-5830. Sponsored by the UJA-Federation of NY.
  • Supplies for Success: Backpacks Help sort and assemble backpacks for disadvantaged children.
  • HIAS Refugee Assistance: TCS in coordination with the HIAS-New York team, is offering four working committee opportunities with which to become involved. Read more here
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