Monday, November 30, 2015

Chavaya Family Mitzvah Day ... Sunday, December 20

The months of November and December are certainly filled with opportunities for us to give of ourselves. As we finished celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, we reflected on the things and people we appreciate. Perhaps we even had the opportunity for someone else to let us know that something we did meant a great deal to them. 

This month the temple will be buzzing with opportunities for people to give back and do good. Our annual “Giving Tree” made its debut in the lobby in November so if you have not yet had the chance to “adopt” a child and purchase a gift or if you wish to make a donation to HOPE Community Services and sponsor food, please visit the “Giving Tree” today! Gifts are being collected until Sunday, December 13.

Families of all ages have the chance to give this month at our first Chavaya Mitzvah Day on Sunday, December 20, held in partnership with the Social Action Committee. Mitzvah Day will run from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. with various activities.

HOPE Community Services - the New Rochelle non-profit that provides cooked meals and non perishable foods to families in need. We will be creating decorations for their upcoming Christmas meals.
Community Service Associates - provides services that nourish not only the physical but also the social and psychological needs of the poor and disenfranchised in the Mount Vernon area. We will be creating food baskets for the soup kitchen.

My Sister’s Place - strives to engage each member of society in our work to end domestic violence, so that all relationships can embrace the principles of respect, equality, and peacefulness. Temple Israel will be creating baby toiletry packages.
The Sharing Shelf - provides new and gently used clothing to children living below the poverty line in Westchester County. We will be collecting new hats, scarves  and gloves for children. 

The Humane Society of Westchester at New Rochelle - dedicated to promoting the human/animal bond through the compassionate care and treatment of animals throughout the communities we serve in Westchester County and beyond. Temple Israel will be creating pet friendly chew toys 

Additionally, we will be collecting new diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoo, new hats, scarves and gloves to send to the organizations listed above. If you are able to help with these collections please bring these items to the collection boxes located near the Chavaya and Kehillah offices or in the Temple lobby.

Chavaya Mitzvah Day will conclude with a pizza lunch co-sponsored by the Brotherhood and Sisterhood. We are very excited for Chavaya Mitzvah Day and thank the Brotherhood, Sisterhood and Social Action Committee for helping make this a successful event! We look forward to seeing you then, giving back to our community.

Click here for the flyer ... and email Rebecca Elkus Ferst (Chavaya Director) or Mia Egelberg or Amy Ecker (Social Action Committee Members) to volunteer your time! We need your donations and time to make this event successful!

Rebecca Elkus-Ferst
Chavaya Director

When purchasing for the "Giving Tree" or any other holiday shopping this season, please consider Temple Israel through Amazon. Click here to be directed to Temple Israel's dedicated Amazon link.