The Social Justice Committee April Update



The Social Justice Committee has been very active with the various drives we’ve been heading up! As always, your contributions have been heartwarming and much appreciated by the recipients!


  1. Change in Social Justice Committee Leadership: Beginning in September, Karen Lerman assumed the role of Chairperson of the committee, as Jamie Steinberg will be stepping back. Jamie will continue to be involved. Feel free to contact Karen at karenesilver@yahoo.com.


  1. Just One More Thing…For the month of April, the Helping Hands Food Pantry is requesting egg noodles, bread crumbs, mayonnaise, and facial tissues. We will be accepting donations through April 27. Please direct any questions to Karen Lerman. For collection destinations, please click on food donation locations. Please note that Kol Dorot has been added as a collection site.

  2. If you prefer to make a monetary donation for the food pantry, Women of Kol Dorot is still selling supermarket gift cards. The gift cards can be donated to the food bank while supporting WKD. Please contact Jan Miller at janlmiller113@gmail.com for more information on the gift cards.


  1. Jewish Federation annual March Mega Food Drive: Kol Dorot participated in Jewish Federation's annual March Mega Food Drive throughout the month. Food pantries have been serving more families in the community since the start of the pandemic and the goal of the food drive is to collect and distribute 20,000 pounds of food to pantries in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson Counties. Recipient organizations include Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Center for Food Action, CUMAC, Wayne Interfaith Network and more than 20 other community partners. A food collection bin was set up for the duration of March; a big thank you to everyone who donated!


  1. Family Promise is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help homeless and low-income families obtain sustainable independence. Prior to Covid, families were hosted throughout the county in a house of worship for a week or two, before moving onto the next hosting congregation. Since Covid, Family Promise had to change how they, and willing congregations, can provide for these families. While both of our legacy congregations have historically hosted families in our respective synagogues, Family Promise’s focus has now shifted to the Walk-In Dinner Program. The Walk-In Dinner Program provides meals to approximately 140-180 people on a nightly basis in the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Service Center in Hackensack. Kol Dorot once again joined this effort on March 31 and provided over 150 meals! For many of the clients, this was the only hot meal they’d eaten all day. A BIG thank you to everyone who volunteered and especially to Jin Rubenstein for spearheading this effort!

  2. The National Council of Jewish Women is accepting gently used Spring/Summer clothes, handbags, sheets (full sets only) and blankets to sell in their thrift shop. All items must be in good condition, clean and put into plastic bags. Any questions, please contact Janis Kronenberg. This collection is on-going.

All donations can be brought to Kol Dorot or any of the eight addresses listed below. Thank you for your support!!