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Social Action

 

Kol Haverim strives to be a vibrant, "Social Action" congregation with a focus on sharing time and resources with people in need in our community.  The Committee also works to raise awareness about caring for the earth and other issues of Social Justice that impact us nationally and globally.  Some families participate in projects together and find this a very enriching experience.  Tikkun Olam, healing the world, is the work of our entire Jewish community – be part of it! ​​​​

 

For further information on any events or programs or to suggest a new program, contact us at socialaction@kolhaverim.org. We welcome new members at any time - please consider lending your support to our efforts!

 

 

 Kol Haverim supports Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen in Hartford

 

Please join Kol Haverim's group at the CT Food Bank/Foodshare Walk Against Hunger - Saturday morning, September 18th.

The Social Action Committee invites you to join a group from Kol Haverim participating in the CT Food Bank/Foodshare Walk Against Hunger, a family friendly 1.5 mile walk in Hartford.  This year’s event will be held on the morning of Saturday, September 18th at Dunkin’ Donuts Park - home of the Hartford Yard Goats.   Proceeds from the walk support the estimated 545,000 people in CT who struggle to get the food they need to stay strong and healthy. The funds also support long-term efforts to increase access to healthy food and address the underlying issues that contribute to hunger. Last year's event raised over $300,000.

For further information and to register, please see: https://secure3.convio.net/fdshr/site/TR?fr_id=1450&pg=entry.  Then search for Kol Haverim under the Search Teams field. If you are unable to join us but would like to support our efforts, you may make a donation to sponsor any of the Kol Haverim team members!

Our group will meet at 8:30 AM adjacent to the registration area (just inside the ballpark). The program begins at 9 am and the walk begins at 10 am. Complete event details including parking areas can be found here. For any questions, please Email Steve Avroch and Seth Molofsky at socialaction@kolhaverim.org.

 

Kol Haverim supports Walk Against Hunger - April 2019 

A group from Kol Haverim participated in the Foodshare Walk Against Hunger on April 27, 2019. We plan to participate in this event annually so check back here for details.

 
Who benefits? Funds raised from the Walk support Foodshare and their partner programs who serve the 127,000 people in Hartford and Tolland counties struggling with food insecurity. The funds also support long-term efforts to increase access to healthy food and address the underlying issues that contribute to hunger. In supporting the Foodshare Walk Against Hunger, you will help us continue this important work.

 

Kol Haverim supports Foodshare Walk Against Hunger in Hartford
April 2019

 

   

High Holiday Food Drive

Each Yom Kippur, at a time when we purposely deprive ourselves of food, our congregation remembers the many people in our community who are deprived of food for financial reasons.  We do this by holding a food drive for our hungry neighbors. This "Food for Families" is distributed through Foodshare, our region’s food bank. Congregants have donated nearly one ton of food annually to Foodshare for people in the Greater Hartford Area.  If you are interested in helping to coordinate this food drive next year, contact the Social Action Chairs. The project is easy to organize, and the tangible results are immensely rewarding.

Project Thanksgiving

Over the past few years, Kol Haverim has provided the ingredients for preparing traditional Thanksgiving Dinners to 100 families of Dwight Elementary School in Hartford.  These families benefit from the extra help at holiday time.  From turkeys to stuffing to dessert, children of our Religious School as well as many other members gather the ingredients for complete Thanksgiving meals.   Participation in this special annual event ranges from shopping for particular food items, making a financial donation, working the ‘assembly line’ on the morning of delivery, to driving to the school and lining up the bags in the school office in preparation for pickup the following morning.  Any level of help is encouraged!    

Christmas Day Volunteering

Over the years, our congregants have shared their time to help make the Christmas holiday brighter for our neighbors in Glastonbury and Hartford, by volunteering at nursing homes, delivering meals in Hartford through the Salvation Army, and providing food and entertainment at the Naubuc Green in Glastonbury. 
   
Red Cross Blood Drive

We help the Red Cross as a Blood Drive location on a regular basis. We would like to increase our presence in this life-giving mitzvah by also offering more congregant donors and volunteers to provide food and beverages for donors.  Contact us if you would like to help increase our participation.

Global Warming and Environmental Issues

The Social Action/Social Justice Committee offers educational programs and provides information to congregants on global warming, energy conservation, clean and renewable energy, care of the earth and environmental peacemaking.   Previous events have included showings of “Kilowatt Ours” and  “An Inconvenient Truth,” a sale of compact fluorescent light bulbs, and a lecture by Friends of the Earth Middle East.   Some programs are provided in collaboration with Gaining a Greener Glastonbury, an interfaith environmental action and awareness group, and the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, Connecticut’s Interfaith Power and Light.

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