Shaarei Tikvah embraces social action throughout the year. Regular activities include:
- Cooking Days in our kitchen to make lasagna, cookies, salad and more for a Westchester soup kitchen. (no cooking experience required and kids are welcome).
- Participation in the United Interfaith Food Bank, a consortium of five houses of worship that collects, packs and delivers bags of food over weekends for families whose children attend Head Start Programs run by Family Services of Westchester. Although the children already receive breakfast, lunch and a snack during each school day, they (and their families) are at risk for going hungry on weekends and holidays. This program, a partnership with Feeding Westchester, is aimed at helping to fill the gap. Volunteers are needed to:
- Donate tuna, pasta, mac n’cheese, canned meals and cans of soup: Please put them in the collection box in the hallway.
- Help unload and pack food every first and third Thursday afternoon at 3pm at Scarsdale Synagogue.
- Deliver bags of food to Head Start in White Plains on Friday mornings after the food is packed.
- Make a cash contribution to help buy food. You can make it to Shaarei Tikvah and note that it is for the Dr. Samuel and Chashie Anne Katz Welfare fund to feed the hungry and specify it is for the food bank
- High Holiday food drive: Pick up a couple of bags on Rosh Hashanah and return them by Kol Nidre. Each bag should contain 3 cans tuna, 3 boxes mac and cheese, 3 cans meals, 3 cans soup, 1 box cereal and 1 box pasta. Let’s see how many we can collect this year!
- Purim Shalach Manot – packing and delivering healthy goody bags for isolated seniors in the Bronx.
- Back-to school supply and fall holiday gift drives.
- B’nai Mitzvah class mitzvah projects.
Each year we do new projects, so please check our calendar regularly!