The Social Justice & Action Committee’s work supports the Jewish tenets of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and Gemilut Chasidim (Acts of Lovingkindness) and fills the soul with a warm feeling. Here are some ways to be involved:
PRIMAVERA – The Primavera Foundation provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization. The congregation provides meals for the homeless men who are based at Primavera.
SISTER JOSE WOMEN’S SHELTER – The shelter is dedicated to the care and nurturing of homeless women within our community by providing beds, food, showers, comfort and companionship to women who have no place else to go.
PROJECT ISAIAH FOOD DRIVE – Our congregation partners with the Jewish Community to collect food during the High Holidays by being part of a food drive that benefits the Tucson Community Food Bank.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Join others from our congregation to participate in building a home for low income and hardworking local families.
JOHN B. WRIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Our volunteers work directly with students both in class and with the after school remedial program in this Title 1 school. So far Or Chadash has done drives both for books to the students and school supplies for the classroom. This program has the opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of these students.
MATZA AND MORE – Since 1970 Jewish Family & Children’s Services and Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has assisted local families celebrate a traditional Seder by holding its annual “Matza & More Passover Project.” Congregation Or Chadash participates by donating a food product to put in a Passover Basket.
POZ CAFÉ – In cooperation with TIHAN, the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS NETWORK, the congregation participates in the POZ Café which provides a luncheon for HIV/AIDS positive individuals one time a year.
INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES – ICS helps Pima County seniors, individuals with disabilities and people in financial crisis achieve stable and independent lives through programs and services. You can make a difference by volunteering with them or help our committee collect food for the pantry during the year.
There’s more … join us to find out about other projects. Contact Marc Sbar at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer your questions or give you more information.