Tzedakah

Tzedakah means "justice"... not "charity." We correct the imbalance in the distribution of the world's resources and our personal resources by giving to those who have less. At our Temple, Tzedakah is woven into everything we do. Food, clothing, and other drives go on continually throughout the year, as they have since the Temple’s founding.

A story

The Rabbis are debating the question: When does the night end and the day begin?

One Rabbi: When there is enough light to distinguish between a black thread and a blue thread.

A second Rabbi: when there is enough light to distinguish between a blue thread and a purple thread.

And finally, and third Rabbi: The night ends and the day begins when there is enough light to recognize the face of our fellow human being.

Tzedakah Drives and Fundraisers

SHABBAT NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DRIVE
Donate non-perishable food to be distributed by the Hastings Youth Advocate's Office to families in need throughout the Rivertowns. Ongoing

JOIN US ON A MIDNIGHT RUN
Deliver food, clothing, toiletries and sleeping bags to designated locations in NYC. Friday nights, August 25, October 27, December 29, February 23, April 27, June 29 and August 31

HABIT FOR HUMANITY
Help "build houses and hope" for people in need. Monthly opportunity for adults and teens to volunteer. Dates and contact information to be announced.

DOR L'DOR
"Generation to Generation" - Senior Temple members volunteer to read with our Nursery School children and participate through Project SEED (Supporting Children's Early Emnotional Development) in a discussion group about the experience.

FAMILY-TO-FAMILY'S HOLOCAUST SURIVOR SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Sign up to be a donor and provide and ellderly Holocaust survivor with monthly groceries and personal care items.

FOOD BANK FOR WESTCHESTER YOM KIPPUR APPEAL
Help work against hunger - donation envelopes provided at our High Holicay Services or donate at http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org. September 20-30

SHARING COMMUNITY
Provide a hot meal to 200 needy men, women and children: Make a baked ziti or load cakes. Delivery of collection also needed. 9:00am - 1:00pm on designated Sundays: October 22, November 19 and December 17, January 21, February 11, March 18, April 22 and May 13

SUKKOT TZEDAKAH PROJECT
Join us to prepare bagged meals for the homeless and/or help deliver to Midnight Run in Dobbs Ferry. Friday, October 6, 6:00pm

VOLUNTEER TO HELP AT THE FOOD BANK
Sort food donations at the Food Bank's warehouse in Elmsford. Saturdays, October 7, January 6

GRADE 7 SUKKOT SLEEPING BAG DRIVE FOR MIDNIGHT RUN
Donations collected in the Temple lobby. Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 15

HALLOWEEN CANDY DRIVE
Bring your extra "Trick or Treat" candy to the Temple to be donated to Food Bank for Westchester. Volunteer to delier to food bank. Wednesday, November 1 - Monday November 4

MEN'S CLOTHING DRIVE
Bring in men's winter coats, pants (no dress slakcs) and socks to be distributed to the homeless in NYC. Help deliver to Midnight Run in Dobbs Ferry. Sunday, November 19, 9:00am-1:00pm

ANNUAL THANKSGIVING GIFT OF DOUBLE CHAI
Purchase Thanksgiving dinners to send home with the residents of Childrebn's Village in Dobbs Ferry. Our Tikkun Olam teen group will sort and prepare these holiday packages. Each gift of double chai ($36) funds a complete dinner. Wednesday, November 1 - Monday, November 13

ANNUAL NEW HATS, MITTENS/GLOVES & SOCKS DRIVE
Donate NEW hats, mittensgloves and socks for the Hastings Youth Advocate to distribute to children from preschoolers to teens throughout the Rivertowns. Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 15

WINTER CANNED PROTEIN DRIVE
Bring cans of tuna, salmon and chicken for Food Bank to Temple lobby collection box. Volunteer to deliver to Food Bank. Wednesday, January 3 - Sunday, February 1

ANNUAL PASSOVER GIFT OF DOUBLE CHAI
Donate double chai ($36) or multiples thereof, to help Project Ezra and Bronx Jewish Community Council provide Passover food packages for the elderly and those in need. Sunday, March 4 - Monday, March 19

GRADE 4 TOILETRIES DRIVE FOR MIDNIGHT RUN
Bring unused travel-size toiletry items to be sorted by Grade 4 on Tzedakah Day, for distribution to the homeless in New York City. Sunday, May 6 - Sunday, May 13

WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S CLOTHING DRIVE
Donate lightly worn women's and children's clothing at the Temple on Tzedakah Day to help those in need. Volunteer to deliver. Sunday, May 13

TIKKUN OLAM FLOWER AND BAKE SALE
On Tzedakah Day, but flowers and baked goods at the Temple to support Habitat for Humanity's programs. Sunday, May 13, 9:15am - 1:00pm.