Caring (Hesed) Committee
Examples of our activities include:
- Delivering plants and baked goods at Rosh HashanahThe Jewish New Year seen as a time of introspection and repentance. and PurimA one day holiday that joyfully celebrates the victory of the Persian Jewish community over the evil villain HamanThe villain of the Purim story who sought to execute all the Jews of Persia.. and sending greeting cards made by our schoolchildren at HanukahAn eight day holiday that celebrates the miraculous liberation of the Jewish people from the Syrian Greeks. For instructions on how to light the candles, see our How to?/What if? page to members who are homebound or residing in convalescent homes.
- Maintaining freezers of food and delivering meals to homebound members, shivaA seven day mourning period observed by the immediate family of the deceased. homes, new baby homes, etc.
- Providing rides for members unable to drive.
- Staying connected with members living out-of-state.
- Sending “get well” cards or paying visits to members in the hospital.
- Sending packages to college students prior to Hanukah, Purim, and finals, with hamentashen baked at the synagogue and other sweets.
- Knitting or sewing lap quilts for homebound Emanuel congregants and others outside our community.
We welcome you to join us!
CONTACT Linda Asmar, 860-233-0175, moc.oohaynull@ramsa_adnil
Social Justice (B’yadeynuLiterally, “In our hands.” This is the name of the social justice committee of The Emanuel Synagogue.) Committee
The Social Justice, or B’yadeynu (“In Our Hands”), Committee is a focal point at The Emanuel for promoting causes of social justice and reaching out to both local and national groups in need. Our projects address the needs of many different groups, such as the poor, the homeless, soldiers stationed overseas, foster children, Jewish prisoners, victims of natural disasters and/or diseases, and organizations that provide services for others. The committee’s focus is caring and making lives better, no matter what race, religion, or location. Members have the opportunity to bring forward their special interests and chair projects based on them.
Our committee generally meets on the second Thursday of each month to decide on projects to undertake. Some of our projects have included:
- Collecting food for Foodshare and the Kosher Food Pantry.
- Blood and bone marrow drive.
- Turkey drive for Thanksgiving.
- Helping victims of natural disasters.
- Working with St. Timothy’s Church on joint projects.
- Sending holiday boxes to Jewish soldiers in Iraq.
- Giving gifts to foster children through Covenant to Care.
The committee is a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council Social Justice Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford that establishes connections between us and other social action committees in our community.
Israel Solidarity Committee
Part of the B’yadeynu Committee, this group supports Israel through education and advocacy.
CONTACT Risa Davidson, (860) 236-1275