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
WEST SIDE CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER INITIATIVE
As we read in Ethics of the Fathers "One who has saved one life is as though one has saved the world."
The SAC 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.
WES runs an annual Blood Drive, usually in the month of March. Check with the synagogue office for details.
PROJECT EZRA - Pesach Food Drive for the Elderly
"Let all who are hungry come and eat," the Haggadah reminds us.
The WES Social Action Committee collects money for Passover food packages for the elderly Jewish poor on the Lower East Side. The boxes are packed by West End volunteers for pickup and distribution by the Project Ezra staff. 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 is determined in the Spring. For a complete description of Project Ezra, including what is in each package, click Project Ezra.
Some Projects This Past Year
School supplies collected for children in need
Jul 2-15, 2016 - Container in WES lobby!
Items needed: Jeans (for kids in K to 5th grade); Composition notebooks (classic black and white); #2 pencils; 12 inch rulers
West End Synagogue Textiles and Clothing Drive
Saturday June 13, 2016 - Saturday June 20, 2016
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.
11:30am Saturday, April 11 (Shabbat guest speaker on Earth Day)
Sponsored by Social Action Committee