DHJC Social Action Committee

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" – Winston Churchill

A mitzvah is a commandment from God to do a good deed to contribute to "Tikkum Olam" the repair of the world. Our heritage teaches that the world can be repaired by one person at a time, requiring each of us to take responsibility to help, to heal and to enhance the community in which we live. The DHJC Social Action Committee is a very active group trying to make a difference with our programs and the support we provide to those in our community. Our focus is on doing - leading activities to better our congregation and the communities around us.

We are always looking for new members with new ideas and energy to help. Maybe today's the day you say "now it's time -- sign me up to join the DHJC Social Action Committee." We usually meet the first Sunday of every month at 10:00 AM in the temple lobby. Here's a highlight of our programs.  

Mitzvah Day

DHJC Social Action Committee sponsors Mitzvah Day in the Fall each year. 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 visited local nursing homes to sing to the residents and pamper them with a "day of beauty", performed various tasks around the synagogue including planting flowers and prepared toiletry kits for local homeless families. We also focus on educating the children of our congregation about the importance of doing mitzvahs and provide them with hands on opportunities. 

Bikur Cholim - Visiting the Sick

Our Bikur Cholim program is an extremely rewarding experience providing encouragement and comfort to those in hospitals, nursing homes or homebound. Bikur Cholim is a mitzvah of visiting the sick and it helps our members and their families who are undergoing an illness stay connected to the community and know they are cared about. Our volunteers make weekly visits and the benefits are received by both the person being visited as well as the visitor. Training is provided and visiting can be done in pairs.

Books for Israel Project 

 The "Books for Israel" project is an international grassroots effort to bring gently used good quality English books to school libraries in Israel. We collect paperback English language books for school aged children and ship them to schools in Israel. Over the years our very successful program has shipped thousands of books to our sister schools

Crocheted and Knitted lap and baby blankets for Huntington Hospital*

We collect crocheted and knitted lap blankets to provide warmth and comfort for babies and other patients at Huntington Hospital. Blankets should be soft, colorful and approximately 40" by 30" in size. Invite friends and relatives to contribute too! 

Shabbat Experience to Atria 

We bring the Shabbat Experience to the Atria Assisted Living Center on Beverly Road in Huntington each Friday afternoon from 3:00 - 4:00. We light candles, have grape juice and challah, say prayers, and chat with the residents interested in a Jewish experience. New volunteers are always welcome. 

Wyandanch Outreach Center Collections*   

DHJC has been a strong partner of the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch for many years. The center provides food, clothing, education and employment opportunities for those in crisis working to end the cycle of poverty. The center is always in need of healthy food staples. Please consider buying a few extra non perishable items each time you do your food shopping. 

Ongoing Collections*

Israel needs our support now. Please choose an organization, go to its website, and donate.

Thank you.

 

Social Action Committee

Dix Hills Jewish Center

 

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 socialaction@dhjc.org 

 

* Collection bins are in the upstairs DHJC lobby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's Happening at DHJC

Online Donations Are Back!!

We are proud to announce our Online Donations are back! Thank you for you patience during it's time offline but you can once more make donations from the website.

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

Mincha, Maariv and Havdalah 
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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 Sharon Nachman or bring to Ellen in the office.




 



 

Spotlight

Giant Step at DHJC makes the NYTimes

Now in their 20s and 30s, four young adults who all have cognitive disabilities will have their bar and bat mitzvahs, ceremonies that once seemed impossible for them.

NYTimes article


Special Gifts Acknowledgements

We now have a page for Special Gifts Acknowledgements *Updated 1/29/16*

You can also access it from the Menu under Giving/Donations.


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

mherman@syjcc.org

 

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center

Welcome to the Dix Hills Jewish Center, a Conservative Congregation, celebrating 49 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 socialaction@dhjc.org


 

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 lgacces@aol.com


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