April 17, 2014   17 Nisan 5774

Social Action  

Mitzvah Day February 2014

Almost 200 Temple Emanu-El congregants of all ages worked together on Mitzvah Day
to serve those in need in our Community. 
We provided blankets and food to the hungry, dog toys to animal shelters, meals and a
day out for residents of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey Group Homes.
Participants also made sensory items for autistic toddlers, walker packages for the
March of Dimes, letters to US soldiers and more. 
We also donated 32 pints of blood to the North Jersey Blood Center. 
It was an amazing day of working together to make a difference.



Kosher Food Pantry January 2014
A group of volunteers from Temple Emanuel helped out Sunday morning, Jan. 14th,
at the Kosher Food Pantry, which is held at Oheb Shalom in South Orange. The food
pantry, which is held once a month, helps supply groceries to people in need in Essex
County. Our volunteers helped sort and stack shelves then distribute bags of food as
well as help some folks out to the parking lot with their bags.

Brighton Gardens Sing-a-long January 2014
Temple Emanu-El of West Essex in Livingston, Social Action Committee held their annual visit to Brighton
Gardens in West Orange to entertain the seniors with a repertoire of oldies on Sunday January 19, 2014.
The members of Temple Emanu-El of West Essex Adult Choir, led by Cantor Sharon Brown Levy,
entertained the senior residents with a selection of “golden oldies”. This annual visit is looked forward to
by the residents who sang along and tapped their feet in enjoyment. It was an exciting afternoon that
gave pleasure to the seniors who did not want the Temple Emanu-El choir to stop. Feeling appreciated
the choir extended their stay and got everyone involved.

Temple Choir members were from the left;
Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy, Benjamin Asher, Shirley Lewus, Toni Asher, Bobbi Littman, Ruby Schrimmer,
Bonnie Sher, Art Silverstein, Judy Cohen and Steve Werdenschlag.



Turkey Collection Saturday November, 2013

Turkey collectors Larry Lerner, Steve Heiber and Bob Share were happy to
display some of the donated turkeys.
The Social Action Committee of Temple Emanu-El of West Essex organized their
yearly Thanksgiving Turkey Collection that took place on November 23rd. and 25th.,
This yearly event is designed to help families in need celebrate the Thanksgiving
holiday with a Turkey dinner. We invited Temple members and the public at large
to bring a frozen turkey to the Temple parking lot. Over the two days many frozen
turkeys were collected. At the conclusion of the two day event the Temple
Emanu-El Social Action volunteers brought the donated turkey to the collection
point at St. Philomena’s Church in Livingston. The frozen turkey was distributed
to local families in need by CHOW—the Community Hunger Outreach Ware House
through the Livingston Clergy Association. This annual program has supplied
hundreds of turkeys over the years to those families in need.

Tree Planting Project Social Action at Work September 2013
Volunteers from Temple Emanu-El worked with the New Jersey Tree Foundation
and the Forest Hills Community Association to plant trees along Highland Avenue
in Newark. They dug holes, did battle with underground rocks and tree roots and
helped plant 25 beautiful trees. The Temple Emanu-El Social Action committee
plans to coordinate another tree planting in the Spring.

The Social Action team; from left to right, Alex and Robert Ehrlich, Rickey Slezak, Holli Ehrlich,
Karen and Rick Langenberger, in front, Shari Kane, Daniel Gillman in blue jacket, Elisa Langenberger
and Social Action Chair, Suzanne Klar.

Beautifying the urban landscape, the Social Action team put in some hard work.

Social Action and TEMTY Joint Project

The Temple community rose to the occasion. They were asked to fill paper grocery
bags with food for distribution by CHOW. As you can see from one of the delivery
trucks the collection was a great success.
Sister Barbara, third from left. second from left, Suzanne Klar, Social Action Chair.
Second from right, Temple member Michelle Christian and to her right Jon Bressman.

As the Temple congregation arrived for Yom Kippur services they were directed to
the grocery bag drop off locations. This was staffed by members of TEMTY.

Above left photo. From left to right: Tyler Corsello, Jason Levine, Alex Ehrlich and Rachel Lieberman.
Above right photo: Tyler Corsello, Jason Levine and Samantha Spencer. All TEMTY members.

All the bags were given to Sister Barbara, of St. Philomenas Church in Livingston.
The collection was organized and supervised by Social Action Chairperson Suzanne
Klar. This yearly event helps fill the CHOW pantry and provides food for those in
need in Essex County.

Temple Emanu-El and the Interfaith Network April 2013
 We are also working with the Community Hunger Outreach

Each time you visit the Temple, please bring a food item with you,
to give to the Social Action Food Collection.

"And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the
edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them
for the poor and for the stranger. I the Eternal am your God."
Leviticus 23:22

News from the Religious Action Center  

Regional Social Action Newsletter
"Pursue Justice/Tirdof Tzedek" available from the regional office website


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