DHJC Social Action Committee

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  Anne Frank

The mission of the DHJC Social Action Committee is to act in ways that empower others and treat them with respect, and to recognize that Tikkun Olam, Repairing the World, is an integral part of our Jewish heritage. The Social Action Committee of the DHJC works toward creating a more caring community and demonstrates the impact that we can have on our world.

You can work with us to help our local community, our surrounding community, and Israel.

We are always looking for new ideas and energetic individuals to get involved with Social Action.  If you are interested, in joining the committee or partaking in any of our programs, email [email protected].  We usually meet the first Sunday of every month at 10:00 AM. 


Events

Mitzvah Day

Each Fall, the DHJC Social Action Committee sponsors Mitzvah Day. It is a day when everyone – individuals, couples, seniors, children and families – can make a difference by doing something for the larger community.  In the past, we have prepared toiletry kits for local homeless families, made sandwiches for a local food pantry, created cards for Israeli soldiers, crocheted blankets for hospital patients and donated hair to Locks of Love.

We focus on educating our children and the community at large about the importance of doing mitzvot while providing them with hands on opportunities. 

Blood Drives

DHJC hosts fall and spring blood drives with the New York Blood Center.

Hanukkah Extravaganza

The Social Action committee coordinates a gift/toy drive whereby our generous congregants have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children here on Long Island.  Our gift collection helps recipient families who are clients of the Lend A Hand Project.

Healing, Meditation, and Community Support From A Jewish Perspective

Social Action has organized a series of programs that involve learning about and participating in meditation, Kabbalah study, and healing concepts, all with an approach from a Jewish perspective.   These sessions will be held throughout the year. 

Volunteer Opportunites

Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center Needs Your Help!

The Center provides a safety net for families that are genuinely in need…especially those who “fall through the cracks.”  As a volunteer, you can be trained to interview clients, or work in the food pantry the clothing room. There are endless things you can do!  The time you put into helping at the center will be most rewarding!  Your help is much appreciated. The volunteer hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 am until 4 pm.  Teens and adults can volunteer – even one or two hours a week will help!  Start this summer!  Please contact Director Noelle Campbell (631) 643-7591, and say that you are from the Dix Hills Jewish Center.

Opening Word Literacy Program for Women

– located in Wyandanch.   If you can volunteer for one morning a week, your help is needed, starting in September.  Volunteers are provided with lesson plans and all of the materials. Contact us at [email protected] if you would like more information to volunteer.

Bikur Cholim

Lap Blankets for Hospital Patients:

Lap blankets are donated to local hospitals.  If you can crochet or knit, please consider joining us in this community endeavor.  Make a blanket, put it in a bag with a label that says,“Lap Blanket for Hospitals,” put in a note with your name and contact information, and leave the bag in our bins in the front lobby. 

Visiting the Sick:

We can visit your family members who would benefit from home visits in our community. If you have an hour to spare, let us know, and you can visit in homes with another person.  At Gurwin, we visit and assist with recreational programs during the year.  You can also become a volunteer at Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  Contact Kathleen Donnelly at 631-715-2555, [email protected] and tell her that you are from the Dix Hills Jewish Center.

Collections:

Food Collections:

We collect food year-round, and donate to: Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch, The Rima Shaolin Kosher Food Pantry of the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Five Towns, Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank with and, The Mercy INN Soup Kitchen in Wyandanch.

Books for Israel Project: 

Our congregation sent two thousand English books to schools in Israel where it is vital that children and teenagers learn English, and the picture books, storybooks, and chapter books are appreciated.  Books can always be donated by putting them in a bag in our bins in the front lobby.

Ongoing collections:

Throughout the year, we are continually collecting clothing, eyeglasses, used cell phones, books and other items, which can be dropped at our collection bins located in the temple lobby. 

 

Join Us!!  Bring us your ideas!! 

We usually meet on the first Sunday morning of each month at 10:00 AM.

Cooki Cohn and Debbie Biederman, Co-Chairs

For information, please email us at [email protected]

 

American Jewish Committee - www.ajc.org 

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces - www.fidf.org 

Hadassah Hospital - www.hadassah-med.com 

Jewish National Fund - www.JNF.org 

Lone Soldier Center - www.razoo.com/story/Operation-Protective-Edge 

Magen David Adom in Israel - www.mdais.com/Donations 

United Jewish Appeal - www.ujafedny.org 

For a list of more organizations and descriptions - DHJC Social Action Mitzvah Showcase - Featured Organizations

Working and Non-Working Cell Phones:

Phone cards are purchased with proceeds from the sale of recycled cell phones and then donated to soldiers. www.msawi.org 

Adult's and Children's Eye Glasses:   

Donate your old eyeglasses and have them reconditioned for those that cannot afford them. www.onesight.org  

For information about our committee or any of our programs,

Send an email to [email protected] 

 

* Collection bins are in the upstairs DHJC lobby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's Happening at DHJC

Our 50th Anniversary Jubilation year is well under way. 

Please save the date Saturday, January 20th, 2018. 

On that date we will be having our Concert for the Community at the Suffolk Y JCC.  Our concert partner is the internet sensation Jewish Rock Radio.  Rick Recht will be performing for us along with Joe Buchanan and Naomi Less.  Their music is creative and uplifting for young and old alike. We also will have some of our local Cantors joining us in this concert.  I know you will find inspiration and joy at this concert.  You can hear more from our musicians by clicking on the link for Jewish Rock Radio 

For more information

Ticket information for all seating and sponsors and online payment



Toys to Jerusalem

Our tradition Continues!
Bring a Smile to the Face of a Child in Jerusalem for Hanukkah!

Rabbi Buechler and a number of other congregants will be traveling to Israel this winter and will be delivering and distributing new toys to children in Jerusalem hospitals and in schools as Hanukkah gifts from DHJC.

We will be purchasing (in bulk) small LEGO Sets appropriate for boys and girls (as they are easily transported).

We ask that you consider making a $10 donation (or in $10 increments) for a LEGO set to be delivered to a child in Jerusalem to create Hanukkah joy!

PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY TOYS TO DHJC

Due to space limitations, we are purchasing particular LEGO sets for distribution

Please Donate by December 14th

To Donate online

To Donate by Mail


In addition to making a gift using the Donation Form, you may also make a Pledge to the campaign.

Mail Pledge Form

Online Pledge Form


Service Times

Normal Service Times - (Except Holidays & Shivas)

Daily Morning Minyan
Monday and Thursday, 6:45am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7am
Sunday, 9am

Daily Evening Minyan
Sunday to Thursday, 8pm

Shabbat Services
Friday, 7pm
Saturday, 9:15am

Mincha, Maariv and Havdalah 
Weekly at Sundown
(weekly calendar for exact times)

Save the Date!!

 

DHJC Israel Trip with Rabbi Buechler

Itinerary & Signup form

 

Calendar Updated

Please check our calendar for all our events. 
Early Childhood Center, Religious School & Youth Group & J-Team dates have been posted.


DHJC Collegiate Outreach

DHJC would love to keep in touch with your college student while they are away at school. Sisterhood would like to include your college student in our Collegiate Outreach Program. As a member of DHJC, your undergraduate college student(s) are entitled to receive various mailings and good wishes, all geared to the Jewish lifestyle and calendar.

Please fill out the form and email to Sheryl Gerber or bring to Ellen in the office.

 

Spotlight

Don't Forget To Visit Our Photo Page!

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Partners in Caring

The PIC Program provides Counseling, Education, Case Management and Volunteer Coordination through the gateways of our synagogue partners

Dix Hills Jewish Center

Huntington Jewish Center

North Shore Jewish Center

Temple Isaiah

Michele Herman, LMSW

PIC Coordinator 631-462-9800x239

[email protected]




For More Info

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Conservative Congregation, celebrating 50 years as a beacon of dynamic Judaism in Dix Hills. We are a traditional egalitarian synagogue committed to the reality that all Jews are full partners in the beauty of Jewish life and that all Jews are given an equal role in all rituals. The Dix Hills Jewish Center is an engaging, vibrant congregation. We are excited about the growth in our synagogue, and the wonderful growth of the Jewish community of Dix Hills, Commack and the neighboring communities. We are a community committed to learning, to supporting each other, and to being a warm and welcoming place for all who participate. Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center.

Service & Minyan times located at the bottom of the page.

If you are interested in attending any of our programs please check the Calendar in Upcoming Events. Children's programming is also available.


In Case Of........

Simchas

For joyous occassions in your life, please share your naches with the Rabbi. Inform the Rabbi about births, engagements, weddings and other noteworthy moments in the life of your family. The Rabbi will arrange for baby namings, provide information regarding a mohel ( for infant boys), coordinate a pidyon ha-ben (the redemption ceremony for firstborn males), schedule an aufruf (to celebrate a forthcoming marriage), weddings and bring the richness of Jewish traditions and mitzvoth into your simcha(email rabbi or call 631-499-6644).

Illness

In case of illness and/or hospitalization, please notify the Rabbi at 631-499-6644 (24/6 - on Shabbat, see below for further emergency instructions)

Death

Even before making funeral arrangements notify Rabbi Buechler at the synagogue office at 631-499-6644 (after office hours press #3 for the emergency numbers). Rabbi Buechler will assist and guide you in making the appropriate arrangements for the funeral. In the event that you cannot reach the Rabbi, contact the Jewish funeral home and begin to make your arrangements. PLEASE, if Rabbi Buechler is going to officiate at the funeral, do not finalize the funeral time until the Rabbi has contacted you. At most this will be a few hours. In the event that Rabbi Buechler is on vacation, Cantor Hevenstone is available and other local Conservative Rabbis are on call. Their names can be obtained by calling the synagogue office, an officer of the synagogue or the Ritual Chairman. It is also appropriate to contact Rabbi Buechler whenever tragedy or trauma occurs. On Shabbat and Yomtov the Rabbi does not use the telephone. Therefore, you can convey information to him on these days at the synagogue during scheduled service times, by calling him immediately after Shabbat or Yomtov or by going to his residence.


Social Action Committee

Bikur Cholim & Home Visits

Do you have a relative or friend in our congregation who would benefit from a personal home visit? We are here for you! Members of our DHJC Social Action Committee - Tender Loving Congregants -- will happily come to visit and chat. BIKUR CHOLIM -- we visit our friends and relatives in Gurwin. Become a volunteer. Learn how.

High School students -- learn how to be a volunteer at Gurwin! There are many ways to volunteer.

Please contact us [email protected]


An Aliyah for YOU

Whether you are 20 or 120, or anything in between, we would like to honor you on the anniversary of your bar or bat mitzvah. Please send the date of your bar/bat mitzvah or the name of your parsha to Lee Grebstein [email protected]


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