Social Action News (November–December 2014)

Coming together is one of the most important aspects of mitzvot. This is why we have teamed up with the Charter Oak Cultural Center to create bonds within our greater community. Please join us and the COCC throughout the year in our combined events. Visit for a plethora of further events that reach out to all walks of life.

November is our annual Turkey and a $30 Mitzvah of the Month. We hope that as many people participate as possible in supporting Foodshare in time for the holidays. Please bring your frozen turkeys and $30 (checks can be made to Foodshare) to the Temple on Sunday, November 23, from 9:00–12:00 p.m. Last year our congregation was very generous and we appreciate all of your support.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center is welcoming our congregation and the rest of the greater Hartford community to Kristallnacht or Night of Broken Glass at the Charter Oak Cultural Center on Sunday, November 9, at 5:30 p.m. This will be an evening of prayer, music, dance. and food at the cultural center in remembrance of the Holocaust.

For December’s Mitzvah of the Month we will be collecting gift cards through December 15 for the Newington Social Services. Any denomination and any store is welcome and appreciated. Friday, December 12, is the Human Rights Shabbat sponsored by Social Action. Rabbi Donna Berman, Director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center, will be our Human Rights Speaker. Please join us after for a meal sponsored by Social Action, and musical accompaniment by the Hartford Youth Orchestra. The orchestra is a program within the COCC which brings students in Hartford together through music. We will ask for a $10 contribution per adult to be donated to the Youth Orchestra. $5 donations for each child will be appreciated.

As always, if you are interested in helping knit or crochet with Knitzvah please contact me to see how you can help the less fortunate. We are always looking for families and individuals to help out at the Mercy Shelter, making and serving food. Please contact me or Bethany Astrachan new-message24 if you are interested in helping out.

Our meeting time has changed, and we are now meeting the third Wednesday of every month. We look forward to hearing from you! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:00 p.m.

Sarah Maltese, Social Action Chairperson new-message24