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In parshat Vayera, which we will read during Mitzvah Weekend October 26–28, Abraham and Sarah invent the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim, Jewish hospitality, by welcoming three wayfarers into their home. “Let me fetch a morsel of bread that you may refresh yourselves” (Genesis 18:5), Abraham insists, partnering with Sarah to nurture these unknown travelers. Three times in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) does the phrase “refresh yourselves” (sa’adu libchem) appear, always connected to the noun “bread” (lechem). Sa’adu libchem literally means “uplift your hearts.” Food is the essence of our wellbeing, and our tradition instructs us that the offering of food to those in need, be they angelic messengers or fellow New Yorkers, is akin to lifting up their hearts. Join us this year as we highlight the issue of food insecurity—the condition of lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Let Mitzvah Weekend kick off a year of harnessing the best of ourselves and our resources to lift up the hearts of those in need.
Read on below to find out what you can do to help us lift up those hearts on Mitzvah Weekend:
Sholom Sprouts Shabbat Service and Sprouts Mitzvah Project for little hands
9:00 AM–10:15 AM (for ages 0-5)
Havdalah Service and Project 6:00 PM 263 W 86th St.
These events will take place at Jewish Home Lifecare, 120 W 106th St.
Blood Drive Help save up to three lives in partnership with the New York Blood Center. Sign up for a time slot before or after participating in other Mitzvah Day activities by emailing email@example.com. 9:30 AM–3:30 PM (17–75) Remember to eat iron-rich foods the week before!
CRS Shelter Visit the CRS Men’s Shelter during daylight hours, meet experienced volunteers, and sign up to spend a night volunteering at the shelter. The shelter can only operate when staffed by volunteers.
Be an Advocate! Stop by the e-advocacy table to learn about how you can engage in a one-minute monthly mitzvah from your cellphone or computer and advocate for justice. Ask our social action team about ways you can support legislation and initiatives that address food insecurity.
Refugees and Immigration CRS is one of the charter members of the Synagogue Coalition on the Refugee and Immigration Coalition. Through the devoted work of our Rapid Response Taskforce and our Refugee Task Force we have advocated on behalf of refugees and immigrants and successfully resettled three young men, originally from Pakistan, with a fourth soon to arrive. Find out more by visiting the social action and e-advocacy desk on Sunday morning, October 28!
Did you know that your synagogue home is five blocks away from one the New York City’s largest emergency food providers? West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) is a nonprofit organization that annually distributes over 1.7 million pounds of food to low-income families, and secures millions of dollars in public benefits for its clients. More than an emergency food pantry, WSCAH is a culinary training and social service counseling center that seeks to aid and empower.
CRS is blessed to feature Chef Greg Silverman, Executive Director of WSCAH, as our “activist-in-residence.” Chef Greg is a longtime leader in the anti-hunger movement who is transforming the landscape of food justice in New York City.
Friday, October 26 at 6:00 PM Chef Greg will be our featured speaker during Erev Shabbat services. Sneak a peek at WSCAH’s new mobile pantry, which will be parked outside after Shabbat services.
Saturday, October 27 at 6:00 PM Join Chef Greg, Rabbi Weitzman, and Rabbi Karol for Havdalah services at the WSCAH pantry, 263 West 86th Street, and then start your week by restocking the WSCAH pantry.
Can’t attend Havdalah? Click here to help restock WSCAH’s virtual pantry!