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Social Action

At WRT, we promise to fulfill the Jewish tradition’s mandate to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and care for the stranger and most vulnerable in our midst. We believe that every congregant’s passions and interests can be meaningfully engaged in the task of repairing the world.

• We will educate and inspire our community to make Tikkun Olam a central commitment in our lives

• We will work to create sustainable change by addressing not only conditions of need, but also by learning about and confronting their root causes

• We will respond to local, national, and global concerns. Our clergy, in partnership with our congregants, will identify those causes that demand a Jewish response and advocacy

• We will develop relationships with community and faith-based organizations

The Social Action Resource Committee was created to act as an overarching organization to facilitate the Tikkun Olam mandate of our WRT community. The committee’s responsibility is to serve as a clearinghouse and networking body to connect congregants with social action work at the temple. The group will also be a resource guide for new initiatives and individuals interested in assuming leadership of new groups and projects.

We welcome volunteers! If you are interested in specific projects or opportunities within some of the sections below, please send us an email linked to the contacts listed. More volunteer opportunities and information coming soon.

Welcoming Our Neighbors
Provide food and entertainment to the elderly, underserved and emotionally and physically challenged at WRT and other locations.

Examples: Camp Vivia Reunion for HIV impacted families; Tu Bish Vat celebration for developementally disabled adults. 

Contact: Neighbors@wrtemple.org

Educating Our Youths
One-to-one support through mentoring and tutoring programs for elementary and high school students from underserved area.

Examples: Edward Williams After-School Program partnering bar/bat mitzvah students for homework support; Give and Grow (WJCS Afterschool Partnership) for WRT adults to mentor college bound high school students. 

Contact: Mentoring@wrtemple.org 

Donating for Others
Gathering of seasonal or specialty goods from WRT community. 

Examples: Monthly Mitzvahs - accumulating new and gently used items for various agencies; Mishloach Manot - creating Purim baskets of treats for special-needs individuals. 

Contact: Collecting@wrtemple.org

Feeding the Hungry
Collecting, shopping, cooking and/or packaging food for distribution to soup kitchens and social service agencies. 

Examples: Cooking4HOPE - prepping, delivering and serving a hot meal to Hope Community Services Soup Kitchen in New Rochelle; Westchester Food Bank - organizing food in Elmsford facility by Confirmation and Religious School groups; Yom Kippur Food Drive.

Contact: Feeding@wrtemple.org

Sheltering and Helping the Homeless
Feeding and providing temporary housing at WRT for local homeless population. 

Example: Open Arms Shelter - annual visit allowing the shelter to make repairs while homeless are welcomed overnight at WRT.

Contact: Sheltering@wrtemple.org

Responding to Emergencies
Mobilizing effort for emergency relief to address local and global crises as they arise. 

Examples: Hurricane Katrina - collecting and distributing food and supplies; Superstorm Sandy - opening WRT as a respite center for neighbors without power. 

Contact: EmergencyRelief@wrtemple.org

Advocating for Change
Working with decision makers and other communities to influence programming and policy.

Examples: RAC Trip to Washingon, D.C., for teens; Advocacy Days in Albany, Westchester County and D.C.

Contact: Advocate@wrtemple.org
Teen Advocacy: Rabbi.Levy@wrtemple.org

Zero Waster
Recycling, reusing and composting to reduce WRT's environmental imprint. 

Examples: Bins placed around WRT facilities to separate and sort everyday waste for recycling and composting.

Contact: ZeroWaste@wrtemple.org