Social Action Committee Newsletter (April 2014)

“Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.” — The Lego Movie

When we work together, we are able to accomplish more than we could ever do on our own. This is why Mitzvah Day was started: as a day to be able to work together and see how we can positively enhance our community. Mitzvah Day is just around the corner, on Sunday, May 4. Registration forms are available online here. Please return your form by April 23 to ensure you get your preferred placement.

The Mitzvah Day projects are:

  • Dog toy making for Fidelco
  • Knitting project with knitzvah
  • Sandwich making for a local shelter
  • Mailing project for Prudence Crandall Center
  • MemorialPark cleanup
  • Making puzzles for Alzheimer patients
  • Temple garden cleanup
  • Foodshare’s Walk Against Hunger in Hartford
  • Religious School booth

Sign-in and breakfast will begin at 9:00 a.m. Mitzvah Day activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. following the service led by Rabbi Bennett and Cantor Gordon. Religious School students will have half hour blocks of time to help out with Mitzvah Day events. There are activities for all ages and abilities. So bring your loved ones and help out the community!

Lunch will be provided for those walking in the Foodshare Walk Against Hunger. Following lunch, we will go to the Walk’s check-in at The Hartford. The walk begins at 2:00 p.m.

Our Mitzvah of the Month in April is promoting Mitzvah Day and the Walk Against Hunger. Our goal for the Walk is to raise $3,000 for Foodshare. It is free to register for our team; you can solicit support and donations from coworkers, family, and friends. Go to and join Temple Sinai. The Walk is always a great time and a great way to meet new people and help the less fortunate. I am captain of our team for the Walk this year. Please email me if you have any questions.

In an effort to help the environment, we are asking that you wear a past Mitzvah Day shirt (preferably the teal one!) If you do not have a Mitzvah Day shirt, let us know. If you have extra Mitzvah Day shirts to recycle, you can bring them to the Temple coat room so they can be washed and used. (Let’s go green!)

We want to make this Mitzvah day the best one yet so come be a part of our team to help the community!

As always, we would love to hear suggestions on new ways to help the community. We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m.

Sarah Maltese, Social Action Chair new-message24