Living through this pandemic has been challenging. It has changed the way we normally live our lives. It hasn’t been easy; nobody goes unscathed. Nevertheless, the thing is, by helping each other pull through this crisis, by doing good deeds for one another, then a little kindness can really go a long way.
Here are ways we can safely volunteer:
2020 saw so many of us displaced from our homes, our sacred spaces, and more. While many of us moved out of NYC temporarily or permanently, we remain as committed as ever to the mitzvah of building a caring, connected synagogue family. If you have left New York City and would like to contact other CRS congregants in your area for socially distanced coffee, walks, and more, share your current zip code and email and scan the list to see who might be in the neighborhood. Bring CRS to you by contacting members nearby!
Did you know that learning is also a mitzvah? Celebrate CRS Virtual Mitzvah Day by examining how Jewish tradition addresses the key issues of our time. Vote here to choose the social justice issue that matters to you and your family. The top two choices will become virtual and portable (if you’re in NYC) discussion kits available the week prior to Mitzvah Day. Vote by January 1 and stay tuned for details on how to access your discussion kit.
Rabbi Levine, in referencing our Congregation’s partnership with the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, said, “During COVID, the need is unprecedented: many neighbors are new to food assistance. Let us do all we can to live our Jewish values and help our partner put food on its customers’ table while protecting their dignity.” To contribute to our CRS Food Drive, please click here.
Blood donations are more necessary than ever. The NY Blood Center’s mobile blood drives have dropped considerably due to the pandemic which means encouraging donors to take the extra step of making an appointment and traveling to a donor center. To learn more about the Blood Drive, click here.
With a goal of mobilizing 100,000 acts of service, Serve The Moment connects Jewish young adults and college students to volunteer with nonprofits and Jewish social justice organizations. To learn about safe in-person or virtual ways to volunteer, click here.
Your CRS clergy and community are here for you! We also have many points of connection and want to make sure that you are aware of our synagogue offerings and resources for well-being: