Social Action Committee Newsletter (March 2014)

In one of last month’s Torah portions, Terumah, we leam that when we give to others three people receive: the person obtaining, the giver, and God. This teaches us that when we are helping others not only are we engaging in an act of mitzvot, but we also help ourselves, and our faith. March’s Mitzvah of the Month will be a children’s book drive in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Books can be dropped off throughout the month of March and will be distributed to the Family Resource Center in Newington.

Mitzvah Day is on Sunday, May 4, beginning at 9:00 a.m.! We have projects for all ages and abilities to assist our community. You can get the registration form by clicking here. Sign up for Mitzvah Day by filling out the forrn and sending it to the Temple office. Our projects this year will be:

  • Dog toy making for Fidelco
  • Knitting project with Knitzvah
  • Sandwich making for a local shelter
  • A mailing project for the Prudence Crandall shelter
  • Cleanup of our Memorial Park
  • Making puzzles for Alzheimers patients
  • A temple garden cleanup and planting
  • Foodshare Walk Against Hunger (begins in Hartford following our moming of projects)

The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger on May 4 is always a lot of fun and a great way to help Foodshare. Sign up on the Foodshare website to join team Temple Sinai. It is free to sign up for the walk; you can solicit donations from friends, family, and co-workers to help our team raise $3,000 to feed the hungry.

On Sunday, March 16, we will be preparing and serving a meal at Mercy Shelter in Hartford. If you would like to volunteer (hours are approximately 2 p.m. – 5:00 p.m), contact Bethany Astrachan at or by clicking here: new-message24

As always, we appreciate your support for our community. If you are interested in joining our committee, we meet on the third Tuesday of every month. Our March meeting will be on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Sarah Maltese, Social Action Committee Chair new-message24