Social Action Update – February 2020

A rich variety of Tikkun Olam opportunities exist in our community. Which are you drawn to?

Meals on Wheels logoMEALS-ON-WHEELS: Temple Sinai has the opportunity to adopt a route in South Burlington and provide regular delivery of food to those in need. If we create a Temple Sinai delivery team, we can deliver 1, 2, 3 or 4 days a month. We decide and commit to a schedule. The route takes about 2 hours to complete(9:00-11:00) and we would deliver to 10-12 homes. It’s good to have 4-6 people to make up the team, although one person can handle the route on any given day. We also would need a coordinator. It’s really quite simple. Interested in exploring this further? To learn more, visit the Age Well Meals On Wheels page or Contact David Shiman.

South Burlington Food Shelf logoPASSOVER FOOD DRIVE: We will celebrate our exodus from Egypt with another food drive supporting the South Burlington Food Shelf. This will probably take place during the first week in April. Look for future announcements.

The Food Shelf also has all sorts of volunteer opportunities to help meet the pressing needs in our community. Contact Peter Carmolli.


CAMPAIGN FOR A STRONG FAIR AND IMPARTIAL POLICING POLICY (FIPP) IN SOUTH BURLINGTON OR BURLINGTON: There are groups advocating for stronger policy statements than presently exist. The campaign for FIPP is called No Mas Polimigra, which is a combination of Spanish word “poli” for police and “migra” for immigration authorities. The major goal is to end collaboration of police with immigration agents. If interested, make the initial contact yourself, but please inform us that you are getting involved. For South Burlington, Contact Nancy Hellen;  For Burlington, Contact Madeline and/or Ashley.

Migrant Justice logoDRIVER FOR MIGRANT JUSTICE: Drivers are needed who can, at very short notice, drive to Massachusetts to deliver bail money and return to our area with a bailed-out Migrant Justice worker who had been arrested by ICE. Person should be able to speak some Spanish and be able to give up an entire day. There is a pool of potential drivers, but there is always a need to add more to the pool. If interested, contact David Shiman for more information.


Other News – Planning Opportunities

PROGRAMS AT A SENIOR RESIDENCE: We are exploring possibility of collaborating with a senior residence facility to offer a “program” once a month. This might be a musical presentation, talk on topics of interest (e.g., income tax, travel experience, poetry reading) children’s performance, etc. Temple Sinai would recruit members of our congregation to present. Might you be interested in this? Contact committee chair David Shiman

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ACTION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: Let us know what actions you are engaged in. Suggest actions the Committee should consider. Contact Us.

Add your name to our committee mailing list to receive meeting minutes, occasional articles, and action opportunities. And join our meetings on the 3rd Thursday of every month(6:00-7:00). Contact Committee Chair David Shiman for more information.


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