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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

 

Note: Soup Kitchen event at Loaves & Fishes for July 5th has been cancelled.

Next Soup Kitchen - Friday, September 6, 2019 - Volunteers Needed

Kol Haverim will be preparing and serving lunch on Friday, September 6th from about 10:30 AM - 12:45 PM at Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen in Hartford. We need volunteers at this time. Minimum age to participate is 16. Registration will be open soon.

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.  In 2008, a group of adult, teen and canine volunteers visited residents of Glastonbury Health Care.  Anyone wishing to lead or be part of a Christmas Day activity is encouraged to contact Social Action.
   
Habitat for Humanity (Habitat Haverim)

Habitat for Humanity builds affordable houses for low income families in need of simple, decent housing.  Habitat families must meet qualifications including putting "sweat equity" work into their homes.  Much of the remaining labor is provided by volunteers.   Habitat Haverim was founded in 1994 as a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, working with local Jewish congregations and agencies to assist in Habitat’s building projects.  Volunteers of all skill levels are needed and even those with no prior building experience are encouraged to participate.  The minimum age for volunteering on a job site is 16.  Social Action coordinates build dates with Habitat so that Kol Haverim members can work together on a build.  If you are interested, please provide your name to Social Action so that you may be contacted when a build date is announced.

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.

Mon, July 22 2019 19 Tammuz 5779