Social Action Committee Newsletter (September 2014)

Social Action is pleased to announce that our adopted organization for this year is the Charter Oak Caltural Center in Hartford. COCC is a non-profit organization supporting positive social change in the greater Hartford community through the arts. COCC is located at 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford. (This is the forrner site of Beth Israel’s home, 1876–1943.) COCC supports social justice with projects such as community gardens run by people experiencing homelessness, with the crops being given to those in need. They also work with youth initiatives such as a Hartford youth orchestra. Please visit their website,, for more information. COCC plans events and activities to engage all in the community. They operate only on donations of time and funds from supporters. Stay tuned to this column to see what we will be doing in partnership with them this year!

Our monthly projects this fall are:

  • September—the Annual High Holy Day non-perishable food drive for Foodshare, along with monetary contributions.
  • October—a coat drive
  • November—
    • Kristallnacht {Night of Broken Glass) program on Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. at COCC
    • Nov. 23, Turkey and a $30 drive for Foodshare
  • December—
    • Rabbi Donna Berman, Exec. Director of COCC, will speak at the Human Rights Shabbat, Dec. 12 at 6:00 p.m.
    • Holiday gift card collection for needy teens

Our conrmittee meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and we welcome you to join us! The next meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7:00 p.m.


Sarah Maltese, Social Action Chair new-message24