Tikkun Olam, Together
Congregational Shiva Calls
Teens and Children in Social Action
Mazel Tots Mitzvot
Teen and Religious School Tikkun Olam
United Interfaith Food Bank
UIFB Food of the Month Drives
UIFB Sort and Repack Schedule
UIFB Delivery Volunteers
UIFB 10th Anniversary Events
Winter and Spring 2015
Social Action Highlights of the Past:
Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive
Gift of Life Bone Marrow Donor Registry
How our Drive Came to Be
Social Action Month Kick-Off Weekend
Mitzvah Day 2014
November Diaper Drive
Season of Giving
Chanukah Night of Giving
Projects for Spring 2015:
Other ideas? Please let us know!
Mitzvah Day Planning Session
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 7:30 p.m.
Help us re-imagine Mitzvah Day taking place Fall 2015. The sky is the limit! Come to the Social Action meeting help us brainstorm. RSVP on the right side of this page so we know to expect you.
Earth Day - Pitch in for Parks
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 12 - 2 p.m.
Join to help repair our world, literally by participating in Westchester County's Pitch in for Parks! Advanced registration is required so there are enough tools and supplies for everyone participating. PICK YOUR PARK AND REGISTER HERE or if you want to coordinate with others from Scarsdale Synagogue, please contact Gloria Lewit by April 22nd.
"Pitch In for Parks,” is the county's largest one-day spruce up of the county parks, pathways and nature centers. Volunteers in this annual program play an active role in the stewardship of the more than 18,000 acres of Westchester County parks, trails and nature centers. They can choose a favorite park and help with such tasks as trail clearing and pruning, flower bed preparation, debris removal, staining, painting, sweeping and cleaning. Businesses can also join the effort by donating snacks and beverages.
"Pitch In for Parks is the largest single-day volunteer activity of the year in the county. Pitch in for parks is from 10am-2pm. Volunteers are welcome to Pitch In for an hour or two, or the whole day and should dress appropriately for work. Work gloves, cleaning tools and supplies will be provided for volunteers who sign up in advance.
Pitch In for Parks is co-sponsored by the Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc.,
Contact Gloria Lewit for details
Looking for Something Meaningful to do on Federal Holidays?
Sunday, April 19, 9:30 a.m. - THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL THE FALL. If you were planning on attending, please contact Karen Chapro.
If you are interested in Living with Purpose on days off from school and/or work, join us to discuss a series of one-off social action projects to be scheduled on some federal holidays - Martin Luther King Day or Presidents’ Day, etc. - and/or perhaps occasionally on a Sunday - activities we can do together, with friends and/or family. Share your interests and what you might want a program of this kind to look like.
Yom Hashoah Commemoration Service
April 15, 7 - 9 p.m.
Jointly observed by the Communities of Scarsdale Synagogue and Shaarei Tikvah. Service of commemoration, including participation of local teens, as we once again mark the loss of the six million. Yellow memorial candles produced especially for Yom Hashoah will be going home with religious school students and attendees of the service. Lighting the candles is encouraged to create communal solidarity and to enhance the meaning of our remembrance. If you cannot attend the service and would like a candle, please stop by the synagogue office a few days before April 15th.
Exploring Advocacy, March 26, 7:30 p.m. at Scarsdale Synagogue
Last month, the URJ held a full day advocacy training program which a group of Scarsdale Synagogue congregants signed up for and several of us attended. If you are interested in hearing about last month’s program and discussing if and how our Congregation might want to become involved in advocacy together, please join us for this meeting.
One element of advocacy is education. Last fall's well-attended reception at Scarsdale Synagogue for Nita Lowey and Elliot Engel, co-sponsors of international human rights legislation, was an example of this. The program was brought to us by one of our Congregants, Andrea Kaplan, who is an involved member of American Jewish World Service, an organization advocating for the passage of this legislation.
Human Rights Seder at Scarsdale Synagogue
March 22, 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
In case you missed the seder....
Click here to watch a clip on News 12 from the Human Rights Seder
With Passover and our own story of oppression and liberation coming up early next month, we are organizing a Human Rights Seder at the synagogue.
Benefits of Attending
Backpack Buddies, March 17, 8 p.m.
Stay after sorting and re-packing for the United Interfaith Food Bank to discuss another potential hunger program....Backpack Buddies. This program sends food home for the weekend with head start children whose families are otherwise at risk for going hungry. The food is provided in backpacks rather than grocery or other bags so as to minimize embarrassment to the children.
Come learn more and help us figure out if we can get this program off the ground.