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Social Action in Israel

United Synagogue Fuchsberg Center Gemilut Hesed Project

“Everyone is in need of loving- kindness”
(Bereshit Rabba 60:2)
The United Synagogue Fuchsberg Center Gemilut Hesed Project connects United Synagogue members visiting Israel with a choice of meaningful volunteer opportunities based on individual interests and time availability. The projects include assisting seniors, serving meals in soup kitchens, assisting physically handicapped youth and adults, preparing and delivering care packages to soldiers, helping developmentally disabled adults, lending a hand at the coalition for Israel's missing soldiers, and much more.

As part of the Gemilut Hesed Project, the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center collects supplies for distribution to various social service agencies in Israel. The staff at the Center can arrange for visitors to deliver the supplies to these agencies, to meet the dedicated people involved, and to learn about their work. Visitors who are pressed for time can simply bring the supplies directly to the Center, and participants in Center programs will be happy to deliver them.

The following items are needed for distribution:

  • Clothing for Ethiopian children in an absorption center.
  • Toys and games – for a clubhouse for children battling cancer and for Ethiopian children and children in women’s shelters.
  • Used and new eyeglasses - for a non profit clinic.
  • Used wedding dresses and new make up – for needy brides.
  • Small gifts and presents – for children hospitalized after terrorist attacks.
  • Clothing for babies and children - for Jerusalem’s needy.
  • Used and new clothing for adults – for Jerusalem’s needy.
  • Dental supplies: floss, toothbrushes, small toothpastes, latex gloves- for a free dental clinic.
  • Toiletries and new makeup for women at a women's shelter.
  • Small travel supplies: little deodorants, disposable razors and shaving cream, packages of hard candy (kosher) and thermal underwear - for care packages for soldiers.
For more information contact:
United Synagogue Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center
Beit Rapaport, 8 Agron St., Jerusalem
phone: 972-2-625-6386
email: Israel@uscj.org
 
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7456
Jerusalem, 94265
email: Rabbi Ed Romm
www.uscj.org.il
THE ETHIOPIAN FAMILY EDUCATION INITIATIVE: United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's Israel Commission.
 
The initiative is aimed at alleviating the suffering of the Ethiopian-Israeli Jews by establishing a network of family education centers in Ethiopian communities throughout Israel. Each congregation's $1,000 contribution will sponsor a family's participation in the program.  

For more information contact: Rabbi Paul Freedman
email: rabbipaul@projectreconnect.org
website: click here for details
MASORTI BAR/BAT MITZVAH PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
 
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah for the Special Child program annually prepares over 300 Israeli children with special needs for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony, including those with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, mild and moderate mental retardation, hearing impairments, ADD, ADHD and other behavioral challenges, autism, and blindness. The teaching staff comprises rabbis, cantors, and other teachers who hail from the Masorti Movement.
 
For more information contact:
Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 832, New York, New York 10115
phone: 212.870.2216
National Director Zivah Nativ at zivah@masorti.org
JUSTICE FOR JEWS FROM ARAB LANDS: MERCAZ USA, Rabbinical Assembly, United Synagogue & Women's League

A campaign, supported by the Government of Israel, is being conducted by 20 Diaspora Jewish communities and 66 organizations in an International Rights and Redress Campaign whose goals are:
  1. To conduct public education programs on the heritage and rights of Jewish refugees from Arab countries; and
  2. To register family histories, and catalogue losses, suffered by Jews that fled from Arab countries.
For more information contact: Shelomo Alfassa
phone: 917-606-8262
email: alfassa@justiceforjews.com
website: www.justiceforjews.com/files.html