Erev Shabbat | 6:00 PM Shabbat worship will highlight two stories—from congregants Beth Berman and Alex, Stephanie, and Leah Sonneborn—whose lives have been enriched by ongoing engagement with mitzvot.
Sholom Sprouts Shabbat Service and Backpack Buddies | 9:00 AM–10:15 AM | ages 0–5 Mitzvah Weekend Shabbat Morning Worship | 10:15 AM–12:00 PM Havdalah Ritual and Restocking Project at West Side Campaign Against Hunger | 6:00 PM (236 W 86th Street)
Activities listed below take place from 9:30 AM until noon.
Backpack Buddies ■ □
Following our kickoff event with Diana Blackwell, help us pack 81 backpacks with a weekend’s worth of nutritious food for students in our community. We welcome donations of empty, new backpacks to support this project.
Stars of Hope
Stars of Hope USA is the world’s largest and fastest-growing healing arts program. Started by New York Says Thank You Foundation, they have pioneered a new paradigm at the intersection of mental health and art. They are a unique disaster response and community arts program empowering people to transform communities impacted by natural and human-caused disasters by creating and displaying colorful art and messages of hope and healing. Paint messages of hope and healing on the one-foot wooden stars, and write your name and a message on the back. Your star will bring hope to a community or individual.
Cards for Soldiers
Design Chanukah and New Year’s cards for our soldiers serving far from home.
Bag Lunch Prep
Help pack meals that will feed hundreds of food-insecure New Yorkers TODAY. (age 8+ with adult)
Spice Kits for WSCAH
Spices are expensive and difficult to access on a tight budget. Help enrich the offerings of West Side Campaign Against Hunger by creating spice kits for food insecure families.
Tote Bags for WSCAH
Help brighten the shopping experience and increase sustainability for those who rely on West Side Campaign Against Hunger for food and clothing.
Birthday in a Bag
Pack birthday celebration kits for children served by Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence.
Stamp Out Despair with First Friends of New Jersey and New York ■ □
■ □ Create writing kits for detained immigrants and asylum seekers.
First Friends focuses on the needs of detained immigrants and asylum seekers. Through weekly visits with detainees, providing resettlement assistance and advocacy, First Friends gives hope to people who often feel forgotten.
In addition to the writing kit materials, calling cards are used for the detainees and released detainees to call their families in their native countries. Gift cards are given to them to use on their bus trips to wherever their sponsors are located. Many bus rides are often long and the gift cards enable them to buy food and needed items for their travel.
New Two-pocket folders WITHOUT metal
Reams of white paper 8 ½ x 11
Reams of small paper 5 x 8
Reams of colored paper 8 ½ x 11
Unstamped No. 10 envelopes
Books of forever stamps
Blank cards with envelopes
Assorted greeting cards with envelopes
Handwritten notes of encouragement (“Dear Friend”). No envelope.
Boss Revolution international calling cards $2, $5, $10
Visa or Mastercard gift cards ($20–25)
Pen Pals □
□ From home or at CRS, become a pen pal with a friend in detention. (age 18+)
Support New Mothers and Infants in Homeless Shelters ■ □
■ □ Through your donations of needed items for infants and their mothers, we will create much-needed care packages for families in homeless shelters.
Donation Wishlist (all NEW):
Baby bottles (spill-proof) 9 oz. 6 oz. 4 oz.
Baby bottle brushes
Diapers—Sizes 4, 5, 6
Unscented baby wipes
Baby lotion/A&D ointment
Onesies 3 mos.–2T
Baby toys/books (soft, washable)
Baby/Toddler clothes: sizes Newborn–4T
Toiletries: shampoo, deodorant, body wash, lotion
Slippers (one size fits all)
Sweatshirts/sweaters for younger women. Sizes S, M, L, X-L
Stop by our E-Advocacy table in the Schafler Forum outside the auditorium to learn how you can use your voice to pursue social justice.
Creating a Feasible Mitzvah System with Rabbi Levine □
□ Study session with Rabbi Levine, Room 1, 9:30 AM–10:30 AM (age 13+)
Study core texts with Rabbi Levine that elucidate the challenges of creating a mitzvah system that is meaningful, attainable and responsive to the needs of the Jewish community. No previous knowledge required!
Days for Girls ■
Event space, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM (age 12+) ■ Create sustainable feminine hygiene kits for women who do not have access to pads and tampons.
Fabric: 100% cotton
Style: Girl’s or Women’s bikini (regular bikini, not skimpy, no huge briefs)
Sizes: Girl’s: 8, 10, 12, 14 or 16 (nothing smaller than size 8)
Women’s: S, M, L or 6, 8, 10, 12
Color: NO white, off-white, creme, beige, or light tan (does not hide stains); YES solid colors or patterns (bright, cheerful colors that hide stains)
Designs hide stains, but there are guidelines for international kit distributions:
No eyes or faces or animals (butterflies with no eyes are ok): not appropriate for Muslim women & girls
No camouflage: many countries prohibit civilian use of camouflage, even pink/fashion style
It’s ok if a good value multipack of underwear has 1 or a few items like above because we can use them for USA-based distribution.
Hanes & Fruit of the Loom have well-priced multipacks with colorful options.
Painting the Parish Hall at the Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy □
□ Come for our first orientation at 26 West 84th Street at 9:00 AM or join us for our second wave of painting at 11:45 AM.
Roll up your sleeves and grab a paintbrush—no experience necessary! CRS is lending a hand to our neighbors at the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy (26 W 84th Street). All painters will receive a brief tutorial before painting begins. Painters can stay as long as their schedules allow. Children under 13 must be accompanied by adult.
Serve Lunch at St. Francis Xavier Soup Kitchen
11:45 AM–3:00 PM (age 14+)
55 West 15th Street; enter by red awning
Deliver Emergency Food Kits with Citymeals on Wheels
10:30 AM–12:30 PM
355 Lexington Ave. 3rd floor, b/w 40th & 41st Streets under 13 must be accompanied by an adult
Meet for a brief orientation at Citymeals on Wheels before delivering Emergency Food Packages to our homebound elderly neighbors. Volunteers should wear weather appropriate clothes and comfortable shoes as deliveries are done on foot within walking distance of the office. Volunteers will deliver in small groups.
Strolling Singers at New Jewish Home
2:00 PM, 120 West 106th Street
Make music and bring joy to residents of the New Jewish Home with our Strolling Singers project.
Talent Show at Atria West 86
3:30 PM–4:30 PM
333 West 86th Street
Sign up with our CRS Junior Choir or as a solo/group act for our annual Mitzvah Day talent show. We will perform for our neighbors at the senior living facility Atria West 86. Talents of all kinds welcome!
CRS is launching a new year of mitzvah-doing just as God launches the universe into being in the Torah portion Bereshit. From October 25–27, help us celebrate the myriad mitzvot that take place in our congregation year-round: from shofar blasts to social action, from shiva minyan to Minyan group, from tzedakah to study. God created the earth and judged it tov, good. May 5780 present new opportunities for that good to manifest itself through our sacred deeds.