Over the past two years, a congregant family have been mentoring a teenage Somali woman. She and her family are currently living in the COTS Family Shelter, in Burlington. She is doing fine, but she is really struggling to keep up with her schoolwork and meet expectations for her grade level. This is mostly due to her lack of English language skills and challenges in reading and writing.
Here are some current social action opportunities for the Temple Sinai community and others!
DONATE A TURKEY PLUS
Time for Temple Sinai members to make contributions to the Food Shelf program of Feeding Chittenden, formerly the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. You can bring frozen turkeys or non-perishable food items to 228 North Winooski Ave (deliver at rear of building) or to explore other ways to help, visit the Feeding Chittenden donation page. If possible, let them know that your contribution is on behalf of Temple Sinai. You can also contact them directly by email or at 802-658-7939.
VOLUNTEER AT THE SOUTH BURLINGTON FOOD SHELF
The newly opened South Burlington Food Shelf at 356 Dorset St. has many volunteer opportunities. You can work as few or as many hours as you chose. Give them a call at (802) 858-5267, or contact Peter Carmolli. You can also sign up here for email updates, or consider other ways to donate.
DELIVER FOOD ON CHRISTMAS DAY
For years, Temple Sinai congregants have led the way, delivering Meals On Wheels to shut-ins on Christmas Day. We will do it again. Jeff Solomon, a member of our congregation, has taken over coordination of the drivers who deliver food on Christmas day to those unable to get out. This is an important part of the work of the local nonprofit H.A.N.D.S (Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors). Please contact Jeff for more information or to volunteer.
TO LIFE! GIVE BLOOD ON DECEMBER 24
Karen Cote and David Punia will lead this blood drive which will take place at the Temple. Blood donors and volunteers and are needed! The need for blood is critical. We would also like donation of food on the day of the drive. Contact the organizers for more information and:
JOIN US AT A SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETING: WE MEET NOVEMBER 14TH AT 6:00PM AND ON THE THIRD THURSDAY IN SUBSEQUENT MONTHS.
Questions or Concerns? Contact David Shiman, Chair of Social Action Committee
It has become an annual tradition for Temple Sinai members to join with local nonprofit HANDS – Helping And Nurturing Diverse Seniors and others to help deliver some 400 Meals on Wheels to shut-ins and seniors throughout Chittenden County. Temple member David Chafetz took on the role of organizing this year’s participants.
We are in the process of setting up a meeting of those who expressed interest in helping shape Temple Sinai’s work in the larger community by being on the Social Action Committee. If you are interested, please email our Social Action committee chair. Meanwhile, I wanted to share this upcoming event shared with me by a new resident of the area who is Jewish and has been deeply involved in the fight against gun violence.