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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just One More Thing…For the month of March, the Helping Hands Food Pantry is requesting liquid hand soap and facial tissues. We will be accepting donations through March 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. 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 email@example.com for more information on the gift cards.
Jewish Federation annual March Mega Food Drive: Kol Dorot is participating in Jewish Federation's annual March Mega Food Drive. 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 is set up in the lower lobby through the glass vestibule entrance; please help fill it up! Please drop off non-perishable items (no expired food, no candy, and no glass containers) to the synagogue by March 31st. Some items needed are peanut butter, jelly, rice, pasta, baby formula, cereal, canned fruit, and canned vegetables. For more information on Jewish Federation’s March Mega Food Drive, please go to www.jfnnj.org/fighthunger
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 will once again join this effort by providing 150 meals on March 31. Please sign up to donate, shop, or cook here. Thank you to everyone who signed up last Spring; we hope to be just as successful this time! Please reach out with questions to Jin Rubenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-657-3236.
The National Council of Jewish Women is still accepting gently used winter clothes 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 in our list.
Thank you for your support!