Yad Mordecai Social Action Committee

Projects This Year

2016 Thousand Turkey Challenge

West End Synagogue will once again be participating in the West Side Campaign Against Hunger's Thousand Turkey Challenge in cooperation with other Upper West Side faith based organizations.

Your donation will provide holiday provisions to needy families thereby enabling them to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  A donation of $18.00 will buy a turkey for a grateful family but please consider donating more if you can.

Checks can be made payable to WSCAH and mailed to the West Side Campaign Against Hunger located at The Church of St. Paul and St, Andrew on West 86 Street and West End Avenue, NY., N.Y. 10024.  If you choose to donate by check, please write 1000 Turkey Challenge in the memo portion of your check and indicate that you are a member of West End Synagogue.

Donations may also be made online at www.wscah.org or by texting TURKEY to 77948 on your smart phone.

Your participation in this project will be deeply appreciated by low income families who depend on WSCAH for their holiday needs.

As we read in Ethics of the Fathers "One who has saved one life is as though one has saved the world."


School supplies for children in need  
Jul 2-15 -  Container in WES lobby!

Please bring:

  • Jeans (for kids in K to 5th grade)  

  • Composition notebooks (classic black and white)

  • #2 pencils  

  • 12 inch rulers

Sponsored by the National Council for Jewish Women

West End Synagogue Textiles and Clothing Drive
Saturday June 13th-Saturday June 20th

Thank you for your donations of clothing, shoes, linens, handbags and other reusable textiles!  Your donations are being reused, redistributed or recycled through grownyc.org.

Project Ezra 5775-2015: Passover Food Collection

"Let all who are hungry come and eat," the Haggadah reminds us. 
The WES Yad Mordecai Social Action Committee collected money for Passover food packages for the elderly Jewish poor on the Lower East Side. The cost of each box was $40; the cost of a box could be shared with others. The boxes were packed by West End volunteers for pickup and distribution by the Project Ezra staff. For a complete description of Project Ezra, including what is in each package, click  Project Ezra.

Earth Day speaker,
Ermin Silijkovic of GrowNYC

11:30am Saturday, April 11th (Shabbat guest speaker on Earth Day)

Sponsored by Yad Mordecai Social Action Committee

Vegetarian Dinners

YMSAC continues to plan vegetarian dinners in members' homes to enhance awareness of a planet-friendly diet.

Please consider hosting one of these dinners - Esther Raphel, SAC nutrition consultant and other SAC members will help in all aspects  of planning.  Please contact Shirley Samuels for more information.


Annual Events


For several years, West End Synagogue has participated with WSCAH in collecting turkeys for distribution during Thanksgiving Day, as well as other projects throughout the year.


WES runs an Blood Drive, usually in the month of March.  Check with the synagogue office for details.

PROJECT EZRA - Pesach Food Drive for the Elderly

PROJECT EZRA is an independent organization that for more than twenty-five years has provided vital services for the frail elderly Jews living on Manhattan's Lower East Side.  PROJECT EZRA is not-for-profit and is not a member of any Federation or umbrella organization. It depends on the generosity and support of individuals and congregations like ours. This is most critical before Pesach when PROJECT EZRA distributes packages of traditional kosher foods to those it serves.  We ask our synagogue community to reach out and help make this possible.  The cost of each box will be determined in the Spring.

The activities of our Social Action Committee express our community’s deep commitment to tikkun olam, healing our broken world.

The committee has expanded its mission to increase our participation/partnership in projects impacting the New York metropolitan area Jewish community and the NYC Metropolitan community as a whole.

The Social Action Committee engages our members in environmental projects and alerts them to topical social justice causes. WES members respond generously to our various food drives and collections which are thematically related to the holidays. 

The Social Action Committee is instrumental in WES's annual Hunger Shabbat and Human Rights Shabbat programs.

CoChairs: Barbara Gish-Scult and Cynthea Kimmelman-DeVries