“The core of our insight [as Reform Jews] is that serious Jewish study inevitably leads to the soup kitchen; that serious prayer, among other vital things, is a way of preparing to do battle with injustice, that social justice without being grounded in text, without a sense of God’s presence, is ephemeral and unsustainable. The heart of the argument is that there is no such thing as ‘Social Action Judaism,’ that the thread of social justice is so authentically and intricately woven into the many-colored fabric we call Judaism that if you seek to pull that thread out, the entire fabric unravels, that the Judaism that results is distorted, is neutered, is rendered aimless.” – Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
To be a Reform Jew is to hear the voice of the prophets in our head; to be engaged in the ongoing work of
tikkun olam; to strive to improve the world in which we live. Join Brattleboro Area Jewish Community,
Congregation Shir Heharim in its efforts to repair the world.
You can make a difference this winter! BAJC's Social Action Committee is holding its first annual sock drive. Sock a homeless person this season!
Did you know that socks are the most needed and least donated item to the homeless in the winter months? Many of us don't take the time to think about homeless people walking all day, but for the most part that is exactly what they do. They need socks. Lots of socks.
Socks will be given out each month when BAJC serves at the Overflow Shelter. Socks will be collected & distributed through April of 2017.
We are also looking for folks that would be willing to keep a drop-box for socks in their local establishments!
Thank you in advance for helping out with this mitzvah (good deed)!
Brattleboro Area Jewish Community's Social Action Committee, led by Janet Athens, is helping to address the needs of our area's homeless population. BAJC provides a monthly meal to the overflow shelter between the months of November and April . The coordinator sends out a list of meal components and families or individuals sign up to bring these to the overflow shelter one evening per month. The list is organized online, and the foods and supplies are brought ready to serve. People are needed to serve the food and help clean up afterwards.
Non-perishable goods and personal care items are always needed and welcome at the Groundworks Drop-In Center at 60 South Main Street. In addition, boots, socks, jackets, long underwear, gloves and hats for both adults and children are needed, especially in the cold winter months, along with sleeping bags, blankets, sheets, and pillows. If you can’t get to the drop-in center, bring items to our synagogue and will relay them to the drop-in center. Please be sure clothing and linens are clean and in good repair. You can join Janet Athens’ crafting group at 1:00 on the first Sunday of each month to make hats, scarves, and blankets for people in need.
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