Social Justice Committee

photo_mom.noahTO REPAIR THE WORLD TO REFLECT THE CARING SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

The Social Justice Committee is dedicated to tikkun olam, repair of the world. The committee facilitates Kane Street’s participation in community service. We organize and provide short and long-term volunteer opportunities for members to support change in our community and beyond. Our goal is to deepen our social justice efforts through a congregation-based community organizing model and join a local interfaith network. To get involved with tikkun olam at Kane Street contact: Laureve at socialjustice@kanestreet.org

Current Projects


Cobble Hill Health Center Visits
Meets one Shabbat each month from 10 – 11 AM
Dates in 2013: 12/14

Dates in 2014: 1/11; 2/8; 3/15; 4/12; 5/17; 6/14; 7/19; 8/9; 9/20; 10/11; 11/15; 12/13

For over twenty-five years, Bob Marx has made monthly Shabbat visits to the Cobble Hill Health Center. Join the Social Justice Committee as we spend an hour with Cobble Hill residents of all ages schmoozing, conversing about current events, telling stories and singing songs. Meet at the Center, 380 Henry Street, in the Recreation Room. All ages welcome.

It’s an opportunity for residents to talk. get some one-on-one attention and eat gefilte fish. For congregants, the rewards are getting to feel a kinship with the residents and a special glow each time one of them gives you a big smile. – Barbara Zahler-Gringer

Cobble Hill Health Center Sing-Alongs
Join Nigel FeBland and other music and dance-minded Kane Sreeters and Health Center residents in this participatory concert series held on select Sundays. Whether it’s a world music sing-along or an afternoon of Yemenite and Israeli music, volunteers are needed to lead songs or dances, chat with guests, or just enjoy the show.

Mitzvah of the Month Project (MOM)
A container in the Goldman Educational Center lobby is used to collect needed items for local organizations. Thanks to everyone who made the Second Annual MOM Campaign a great success. Kane Street collected nearly 200 pairs of shoes, 150 winter coats, 270 adult books, 480 children’s books, many boxes of housewares and toys, over 200 stuffed animals and many toiletries.

Being part of the MOM project has allowed me and my family to take the idea of charity and turn it into something we think about and work on together in a hands on way. I feel so lucky to be part of such a generous and compassionate community. – Ilana Levine

The Third Annual MOM Schedule is as follows:
September/October – Non-perishable canned food drive to benefit the CHIPs Soup Kitchen – www.chipsonline.org
November/December – NYCares coat drive www.newyorkcares.org
January/February – Stuffed animal drive benefitting Bears From Bergenfield – www.bearsfrombergenfield.org
March/April – JCCA-NY Housewares drive for teen aging out of foster care – www.jccany.org
May/June – JBFCS (Toy and Book Drive benifitting Domestic Violence Shelters) – www.JBFCS.org
July/Aug – Hebrew Union College Soup Kitchen (Toiletries Drive) www.huc.edu/academics/continuing/soup.shtml

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Homeless Shelter
Kane Street helps staff the BHS shelter on Remsen Street for homeless men from November to March. In 2008-2009, Kane Street Synagogue received a Jewish Social Action Month grant from UJA-Federation of New York, challenging the community to expand its participation in and commitment to the Shelter. With the support of the grant, 175 Kane Street members of all ages, over the course of three weeks, particpated by cooking and serving meals, spending the night, and creating take-away packages for the guests of the Shelter. The grant also helped defray the custodial expenses of the Shelter during the winter months.

HOPE 2010 – Homeless Outreach Population Estimate
For the third year in a row on a January evening, Kane Street Synagogue will join with Congregation Beth Elohim & Old First Reformed Church to participate in HOPE 2010. The project is a survey of all individuals living on city streets, in city parks and in the subway system.

After a brief training and orientation, volunteer teams will disperse to their assigned areas to count the number of individuals on the street and in public places from midnight until 4AM (though many groups finish by 2AM).
Email socialjustice@kanestreet.org to join our team.

Yes, there are people who sleep on the street in Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights. I learned that help and suffering are equal opportunity employers. I learned that when we’ve put these all together, we can accomplish concrete and important things. – a Kane Street HOPE Volunteer

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