Special Initiative - Support for St. Martin
Dear Temple Israel community,
The tragedies that have befallen our fellow citizens recently in Houston and in Florida are devastating to behold. However, even more human suffering from the same Hurricane Irma can be seen throughout the Caribbean. One beautiful island, St. Martin/Sint Maarten was among the most profoundly affected. With more than 90% of the structures on this “Friendly Island” experiencing damage and widespread loss of all basic infrastructure (water, electricity, sewage) it is truly a community in crisis.
One of our own at Temple Israel, Jeff Goldshine, has taken it upon himself to bring three teens to Sharon while their families reorganize their lives. He has enrolled 2 of these kids at Sharon High and one at Bridgewater State College. He is also helping them to find the sense of home while they are away that is necessary for learning. Supporting these kids, all American citizens, is a true act of Hesed- deep love. If you are able, please help support them with gifts of CVS or other shopping cards to help them purchase what they need. If you have resources at home and would like to donate them directly, our Social Action Committee will be happy to assist in that collection. Here are the items that are needed:
Pots and pans and roasting/baking pan
Plastic storage containers
Cooking utensils ( can opener, spatula, spoons) Knives(paring, chopping etc) Measuring cups and spoons Colander Salt/pepper shakers Salt Pepper Oil Vinegar Spices (onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, paprika, season salt, hot sauce) Towels Blankets Pillows Sheets( 3 twin beds 1 full ) Sizes depend on bed sizes.
3 clock radios
3 twin beds, 1 Full - mattresses box springs and frames
4 Bedside cabinets
3 vertical 6 draw dressers
1 freestanding closet
Swiffer set up
For those interested in helping the kids’ families back in St. Martin, you can make a tax deductible cash donation or send a gift card to:
Friends of St Maarten, Inc
1600 Boston Providence Highway
Walpole MA 02081
Also, you can contribute to hurricane relief in St. Martin by donating at: www.gofundme.com/friendsofsxm.
Thank you for considering our appeal to help our friends!
Temple Israel's Social Action Committee - dedicated to Tikkun Olam - strives to connect members of our Temple Israel community to the many social action initiatives currently in place at the synagogue, as well as to create new opportunities for helping others.
In addition to our ongoing initiatives throughout the year, a highlight is Mitzvah Day, a great day in April in which we all come together to give back to our communities.
If you have ideas for social action initiatives in our community, contact Amy Katz and Ruth Zakarin, committee co-chairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donating Leftover Food to a Homeless Shelter
If you are hosting a Kiddush and/or larger party at Temple Israel, we are available to facilitate donating any extra food to MainSpring shelter in Brockton. If you are interested in learning more about this simple and impactful process, please contact Amy Hearne via email or call 781-603-8865.
Either you or caterer can place stickers that we will provide to you on platters/pans of unused food that you would like to donate, and a member of our committee will pick up food on Sunday and deliver to shelter. Of course, at the same time you can also retain some leftovers that you would like to take home or distribute elsewhere.
Under the leadership of volunteer Amy Hearne, we have successfully executed these shelter donations at B'nai Mitzvah held at TI this past year, and are hoping to expand the initiative. Families that have participated report that the process is simple, and not a distraction for you during what we know is an important and busy time. While both Marty Grandberg and Catering by Andrew are familiar with and supportive of the process, we are confident that it will succeed with any caterer you may be working with. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Amy Hearne via email or call 781-603-8865.
Donating to Family Table
We are continuing our commitment to Family Table through our ongoing collection of pasta and tuna. Temple Israel has committed to donate 55 cans of tuna and 85 boxes of whole grain pasta each month to Family Table, and we need your help to meet this commitment! There is a collection box in the synagogue lobby, and the Religious School classes have their own classroom "family table" to collect weekly food donations.
Please also consider creating basket(s) of non-perishable food to decorate the bimah or tables during a Kiddush or party, which we will be happy to pick up after celebration and donate to Family Table, Greater Boston's kosher food pantry coordinated by Jewish Family and Children's Service.