Refugee Justice-Launch Meeting
Thursday, November 29, 7:45 to 9:45 PM
Following October’s Refugee Shabbat, many asked what more can be done to counter the severe treatment of people fleeing danger and misery? What more can be done to support those who come to our country, whose stories often echo our own families’ stories? At this meeting, we will explore and identify focus areas based on people’s energy. We should be able to prioritize activism and public education, meetings with elected officials, and providing direct support to meet existing refugee needs. We will continue to identify and coordinate with existing work occurring within and beyond GJC. E-mail Seth Lieberman for location at email@example.com.
GJC Hosting Homeless Families
GJC will once again be welcoming temporarily homeless families who are clients of the Interfaith Hospitality Network to sleep in our classrooms and eat dinner in the Canteen Room. New volunteers are welcome and needed to help move the families in and out, shop for groceries, cook a dinner meal, serve as evening and weekend hosts, and sleep overnight in the Youth Lounge when our guests are here. If you would like to volunteer for one of these roles and help fulfill the mitzvah of haknasat orchim – welcoming guests to our synagogue home – contact Debbie Stern, GJC-IHN chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215–848–9503.
Stefan Presser Memorial Social Justice Shabbat
Saturday, December 8. Services at 9:30, Charry Sanctuary, then Kiddush-Reception, then Speakers from 1-2:30 PM
Topic is Philadelphia: Educating our Children: A Tale of Two Cities. Speakers are David Mosenkis, POWER and GJC, and City Councilwoman Helen Gym.
Racial Justice Discussions
Men’s Club Day at Jewish Relief Agency
The Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) serves over 6,000 diverse low-income individuals across Greater Philadelphia by relieving hunger, improving lives, and strengthening our community. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds meet as a community at JRA’s northeast Philadelphia warehouse (10980 Dutton Road, adjacent to the NE Airport) to pack over 3000 boxes with fresh produce and non-perishable food, and deliver food and a smile into the homes of those in need. All of these food packing events are important to those in need. Please join the GJC Mens Club in their monthly support of this effort. Participants will meet at the JRA warehouse at 8:30 AM, and help in the setup and packing of boxes and make deliveries. Volunteers may help in all or part of these activities. All work will be completed by 1:00PM.