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Social Action Committee

On a daily basis, many of us serve and give of ourselves without fanfare or recognition. We are a caring and loving congregation that lives up to the highest ideals of Judaism. The role of the Social Action Committee is to stimulate and support the performance of mitzvot by our members, especially mitzvot that help others beyond the Temple community.

First, in tandem with the rabbi the committee monitors the Temple Mitzvah Fund and makes thoughtful recommendations for congregational donations and the distribution of funds. Among the questions the committee considers are: What allocation of funds best fulfills our values as a congregation? How can we help locally, regionally, nationally, and globally? What charities achieve the greatest level of benefit dollar per dollar? And how can we support the service and organizations in which our own members are investing their time, labor, and creativity?

Second, the committee also coordinates the year-round collection of grocery, drug store, and general store gift cards. While most of the cards are distributed during holiday periods, some are used for emergencies and ongoing needs throughout the year. Members are encouraged to donate cards at any time and to bring non-perishable food for the community Interfaith Food Locker.

Third, the committee promotes involvement in our core service activities as a congregation. We have a long-standing volunteer commitment to Habitat for Humanity and local soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Anyone who wants to help is more than welcome.

Finally, our committee runs a Temple Mitzvah Day, every spring. Look for details in the bulletin. Everyone is welcomed to attend and participate, including children

Any member of the congregation may join the Social Action Committee. For more information, e-mail Gary Freeman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Marty Zeldis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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April 2016 News

Social Action tries to help people in short term and long term ways.

Please consider joining us in any way you can.

Gary Freeman and Marty Zeldis are the new co-chairs of the Committee.

We work at the the New London Soup Kitchen for one dinner a month on the third Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in helping please contact Hali Keeler at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In conjunction with Beth-El we do one Sunday Build a month with Habitat for Humanity. Our next Builds are April 10, May 15 and June 5. If you are interested, please contact Marty Zeldis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are also involved with the New London Homeless Shelter. If interested in volunteering, please contact Judy Mann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Social Action Committee sponsors the Temple Emanu-el Mitzvah Corps. Please consider joining the Mitzvah Corps. We try to meet the needs of Temple Members from providing rides to doctor's appointments to preparing meals or visiting with congregants. If you are interested there are Mitzvah Corps forms near the front entrance of the Temple.

Finally, the Social Action Committee is planning a Social Action Service and a Mitzvah Day in May. Join us.

Thank You for Mitzvah Day Help

The SAC thanks all who participated in Mitzvah Day on May 17th at the temple, by giving or sorting. We collected and sorted lots of items for people in need at the New London Homeless shelter and at Safe Futures in New London. These donations were very much appreciated.

Kudos to all the participants in the Walkathon for Hunger on Sunday afternoon in Norwich.

Thank you again,

Cécile Feldman
SA chair

Thanksgiving Food Box Drive

The Waterford Interfaith Food Locker will be distributing Thanksgiving food boxes on November 23, 2015. Please help a member of your community by volunteering to donate a holiday food box for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children).

Food items might include a frozen turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, fresh fruits and vegetables, gravy, pie, juice, rolls, etc.

Contact Stuart Sharack for details as soon as possible if you would like to donate.

Phone: 860-442-6914