Race Against Hunger

In memory of a beloved TBS member, Diane Kaplan, the TBS Social Action committee is supporting the Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare 5K Race Against Hunger walk, April 5-April 11, 2021.

Diane was an ardent supporter of the Connecticut Food Bank Race and in her memory the TBS Social Action Committee has made an initial donation of $200 to get TBS started. (more…)

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February 2021 Social Action Programs

Donate to the Diane Kaplan Social Action Fund.

Please note that we are not accepting donations brought to TBS at this time. Only monetary donations please!

The Diane Kaplan Social Action Fund is the best way to support TBS’ commitment to our greater community. A monetary donation to the fund allows us to purchase items our organizations need.
We have been able to supply community programs we work with, financial support and materials they need, to help those in need! Thank you for your generosity, we are all making a difference.

Ongoing Programs: We will resume all programs as soon as possible. Some programs can be done at home. (more…)

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December 2020 Social Action Programs

Social Distance Increases Need for Social Action
Donate to the Diane Kaplan Social Action Fund

Please note that we are not accepting donations brought to TBS at this time. Only monetary donations please!

The Diane Kaplan Social Action Fund is the best way to support TBS’ commitment to our greater community. A monetary donation to the fund allows us to purchase items our organizations need. Thank you for your generosity, we are all making a difference.

Ongoing Programs: (more…)

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Isaiah Project Update

For over 9 years the Isaiah Project has been an active program at TBS – delivering food and groceries every month to both the Jewish Family Service Pantry (JFS) and the Hamden Food Bank (HFB). The project was initiated in response to the recognition that a growing number of singles, children, families and seniors in our area face hunger on a regular basis. (more…)

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Keeping Diane’s Dream Alive

JOIN OUR TBS TEAM KEEPING DIANE’S DREAM ALIVE AS WE WALK TO END HUNGER IN CT DATE: APRIL 23, 2017 LOCATION: LIGHTHOUSE POINT PARK, NEW HAVEN, CT TIME: 2:00 PM WALK BEGINS PLEASE SING UP Online: Look for our existing team and either sign up to walk or make a donation. It’s easy, just follow the link below for directions to our team information: http://ctfb.convio.net/goto/tbsteam click the green button that reads, “Join our Team” TBS Keeping Diane’s Dream Alive, and complete the online registration form. Sponsored by the Social Action Committee of Temple Beth Sholom For more information contact Marjorie at 203-248-1046 or mdrocks2@gmail.com

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Share the love of reading with a child

On Sept. 20, 2016 learn about volunteering as a reading partner with JCL

“In the lives of the children we serve, having an adult read to them, discuss with them, and solicit their opinions is something which may happen only rarely,” says Beth Kaufman, chair of Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL).

JCL’s reading partners share the pleasures of reading; giving public elementary school students needed one-on-one attention. For just one hour a week, the volunteer reads and talks with a student. Volunteers help engage students with words, enriching foundations for thought and imagination. (more…)

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Supporting ‘Till Duty is Done’ Veterans’ Program

November 2015 - Till Duty is Done Veterans' Program Our temple was very moved by the work being done by Til Duty is Done, a group that visited TBS recently and is helping veterans to ease back into civilian life. We would like to help by collecting clothing suitable for interviewing and professional work attire. Please consider donating men’s and women’s suits as well as dresses on Sunday, December 20th between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Our committee will be in the social hall to collect. Any questions contact Marjorie at 203-248-1046  

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Isaiah Fund is Expanding

The Isaiah Food Project is Temple Beth Sholom’s ongoing initiative providing specifically identified grocery items to area food banks every month.  Since it started in September of this year, there have been multiple deliveries to both the Jewish Family Service and the Hamden Food Banks.  Approximately $250 was spent per delivery per food bank which meant that over 200 lbs of food was delivered to each agency each month.   The Hebrew School students have now joined the Isaiah Fund Project in providing these groceries, thereby increasing the items we can donate.  There will be a decorated container at the Temple with two specific requests needed for the month.  When you see the sign, please keep these items in mind as you shop and drop them off the next time you are at the synagogue. Targeted items for December are tuna fish and cans of soup. Also, please consider making…

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Career Gear Needed

We are starting a new collection this month for Career Gear, a national organization with a New Haven office on Chapel Street. 

Across the country, it has helped thousands of disconnected and under-served job-seeking men become self-sufficient members of their communities. By providing interview counseling and business attire, Career Gear offers vital services to men of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, as well as recipients of public assistance, the disabled, recovering addicts, Iraqi war veterans, former foster care children, recent immigrants, and the formerly incarcerated. They help men who have begun to turn their lives around. Each has completed a job-training program and has a scheduled interview that could change his life forever. 

Career Gear needs new or gently worn, “ready to wear,” professional and business men’s clothing, shoes, and accessories that are appropriate for a job interview. (more…)

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