Dix Hills Jewish Center Social Action Committee
CAN: Community Answering Needs We CAN accomplish anything together!!
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.
Our Social Action Committee CAN answer needs that are within our congregation, our local community, the greater community, and in Israel.
If you like to be around positive people who do Tikkun Olam, join our DHJC Social Action Committee! We meet once a month on Sunday mornings at 9:30. Our meetings are short – usually about 30 minutes. We always welcome new members with new ideas and energy to help. We prefer doing rather than talking. You can choose from a multitude of activities. Join us!!
- Bikur Cholim: visiting the sick – weekly team visits.
- Mishaberach postcards that we designed and had printed that you can take and send to people to let them know you are thinking of them if they are ill or recovering.
- SAFE! Sunday Arts, Fun, & Exercise! Once a month, on a Sunday, our group visits a homeless shelter where we do craft activities with the children and bring, snacks and books for the children.
- Gurwin Birthday Bags Brigade – We assemble birthday bags and then, once a month, teams go to the Gurwin Nursing Home and personally deliver the Birthday Bags to the monthly birthday recipients.
- The Lend A Hand Project – We conduct a yearly Chanukah collection of toys and gift cards to support families in need.
- Helping Hand Rescue Mission: ongoing collections of gently used coats, blankets, umbrellas, clothing and new pajamas and socks for families in need.
- Homework Help at a Homeless Shelter – Tuesday through Thursday from 4-6pm.
- Lap Blankets for Patients – Anyone can crochet or knit blankets that we deliver to local hospitals and treatment centers for patients.
- Project Linus we make fleece blankets for children who are hospitalized or in other situations where they need a supportive hug!
- Books for Israel Project – We collect your gently used paperback books for children that we send to schools in Israel to support children learning English.
- Holiday Cards and Treats for Jewish Soldiers sent to USA service members and Israeli IDF soldiers.
- Monthly Jewish Mindful Meditation, weaving Kabbalah, Torah and Mindful Meditation in order to cultivate an awareness of the divine presence in every moment. Sundays at 11am.
- Food Collections for LI Food Pantries: High Holiday and “Souper Sunday” collections coordinated with Long Island Cares The Harry Chapin Food Pantry.
- Opening Word Literacy Program for Women: We volunteer one day a week for 3 hours; all materials prepared for volunteers.
- Shul Shuttle: a way to help congregants get to and from services on Shabbat and Holidays. Let us know if you need a ride or can give a ride.
- Holocaust Educational Programs: We sponsor educator-guided trips to the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC.
- Speakers to help educate us on needs within the community such as: learning about the reality of the homeless on Long Island and the working poor, Stop the Bleed/emergency preparedness, saving our climate/environment, drug/opioid crisis and action.
- Stop the Bleed/Emergency Preparedness – education and our work to support the purchase of the equipment and materials – Empower Bystanders to Save Lives
- Opportunities for teens to earn community credit.