Social Action Committee Newsletter (December 2013 — January 2014)

One of the fundamental pillars of Reform Judaism is Tikkun Olam: repairing the world. This is an important part of who we are as Jews.

We thank you all for your support with our November coat drive and Turkey and a $30 drive! We also donated two Thanksgiving kosher dinners to two families in Newington in need. We continue helping to make the community a better place!

Our December Mitzvah of the Month will be our Human Rights Shabbat on Friday, December 20. Carly Hoss, cofounder of Moishe House West Hartford, will be speaking about Jewish relationships in America and focusing on how we see each other and how we can become a more united people. Afterwards we will be hosting a Shabbat dinner. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge, but reservations are requested so we will know how to prepare. See the flyer with the reservation form, and return it to the Temple Office by Dec. 17.

We will also be collecting gift cards for needy teens registered with the Newington Social Services. Donations of gift cards should be dropped off in the Temple office by December 15.

Are you interested in volunteering with Foodshare to collect leftover produce from local grocery stores and bring it to shelters on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis? We will be holding training on Wednesday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Temple. Dinner will be provided. If you are interested you must be able to pick up food and deliver to local shelters on weekdays during morning and early afternoon hours. Please RSVP by Jan. 2 to the Temple office if you are interested.

The January Mitzvah of the Month will be a game night on January 26 at 5:00 p.m.. All are welcome to come play games, get to know other members of the Temple, and stay warm. A $5.00 donation is requested, and all proceeds will go to Foodshare. Pizza, salad, and beverages will be provided. Bring your family and bring your favorite game! Please RSVP to the Temple office by Jan. 23.

Thank you all for your continued support of our group. Our meetings are the third Tuesday of every month, and we are always open to new ideas! Our next meetings are on December 17 and January 21 at 7:00 p.rn.

Please join us.

Sarah Maltese, Social Action Committee Chairwoman new-message24