Welcome to Shaaray Tefila’s Social Awareness Page

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The Social Action / Social Justice Teams

Our mission is to connect social action and social justice initiatives with relevant Jewish values such as Tikkun Olam (social justice), Chesed (loving-kindness) and Tzedakah (justice). Our goal to “heal the world” (or bring light where there is darkness) is fostered through multi-generational programming that affects social change and benefits local, national and international communities.

Taking Action Together Partner With Our Shaaray Community In This Important Work

  • Join a below mentioned project
  • Share an idea with the committee
  • Fill a gap in what's missing from our work
  • Do you know someone in need who our Shaaray members can help?
  • Are you involved in an organization that you would like to bring Shaaray Tefila’s social awareness to?

Email socialaction@templest.org and let’s make a difference
*All affiliated and non-affiliated community members WELCOME!

Ongoing Projects…

Nourishing our Community:

  • Annual Thanksgiving Program: Prepare and deliver meals or groceries or provide supermarket gift cards to over 3700 individuals in our Westchester community
  • Annual Christmas Dinner Program: Prepare and deliver meals or groceries or provide supermarket gift cards to over 3700 individuals in our Westchester community
  • High Holy Day Food Drive: Provide thousands of pounds of food to the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry and the Community Center of Northern Westchester
  • Community Centers in Neighboring towns: Provide meals for seniors
  • Cook2Care: Congregants and friends prepare homemade, nutritious, healthy food to donate to our neighbors in need
  • Food delivery to quarantined families in need
  • Food Distribution for Feeding Westchester and Neighbors Link: Temple members helped to organize, set up and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat
  • Kosher Food Pantry: Kosher meal distribution to Northern Westchester’s senior population
  • Kosher Meal delivery to Seniors throughout Westchester. Staffed the volunteers necessary to continue this WJCS program
  • St. Bartholomew’s Soup Kitchen, White Plains: Provide meals for the grab-n-go lunch program
  • Sandwich Assistance Program: Help to nourish the Broadway Manor Homeless Day Shelter with sandwiches
  • Shaaray’s Community Garden: Temple members grow vegetables to donate to local pantries

Assisting our Community:

  • A-Home: School supplies and Halloween decorations
  • Bridges to Community: Cross cultural humanitarian experience for Shaaray members in partnership with the Bedford
  • Presbyterian Church. Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
  • Clothing and Coat Drives
  • Emergency Shelter Partnership: In an effort to address homelessness in our county, Shaaray and a consortium of Tempe’s and churches provides meals, toiletries and shelter for individual weeks over the entire winter
  • Financially support ten organizations (yearly) with monies from the Social Action Fund
    • Emergency Shelter Partnership (Founding Member)
    • Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry (Founding Member)
    • Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS)
    • Midnight Run
    • Community Center of Northern Westchester (CCNW)
    • My Sister’s Place
    • Hope’s Door
    • A-Home
    • Neighbors Link
    • Friends of Karen
  • Midnight Run: Evening and Breakfast Runs to provide clothing, blankets, food, and hot coffee to NYC’s homeless
  • My Sister’s Place & Hope’s Door: Support mission to empower women and provide basic necessities
  • Persons with Disabilities: Shaaray Tefila hosts a Passover Seder and High Holiday Service for individuals and their caregivers.
  • Pleasantville Cottage School / Edenwald: provide materials and food for holidays and activities and host volunteer hours
  • Shul Stitchers: A mighty group making an impact one stitch at a time. Beginners welcome
  • 914Cares/CCNW; distributed diapers throughout the pandemic and to present day from 914Cares to CCNW
  • Big Viv Foundation: provided Christmas toys, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, computers and clothing
  • Most of the organizations above are recipients of our Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner Programs

Specialized And Response Projects...

  • Refugee Resettlement- TST is a founding member of ReSet Westchester, aka Northern Westchester Refugee Resettlement Initiative. ReSet welcomes, resettles and helps assure new refugees a safe home and prepares them to lead productive and independent lives. Our assistance includes housing, job placement, health, education, transportation, and successful adaptation to a new country and a new way of life while holding onto the valued traditions of their country of origin’s culture.
  • Covid Relief: Supply PPE to front line workers and provide funds and meals for families in need
  • Respond to Emergencies: With tools in hand, congregants work to repair communities damaged by natural disasters: Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Rockaway & Breezy Point after SuperStorm Sandy, Financial support for Louisiana temple affected by hurricanes, Bahamian Organization for Human Rights - collected necessities for distribution
  • Shaaray Beautification Day: Congregants and friends help to clean up the grounds and plant annuals, perennials, bushes and trees,
  • Respond to neighbors in need: Performed landscape maintenance for the first private group home in NYS
  • Jewish Solidarity: participated in NYC march
  • Women’s Rights: participated in NYC marches and whenever and wherever representation is needed
  • LGBTQIA: bring light and support to our community through events and seminars
  • Racial Justice: bring education to the temple community with documentaries, seminars and support such as sponsoring the inaugural town of Bedford Juneteenth celebration

Businesses We Partner With:

We would like to thank the businesses who donate to the Social Action Programs including the Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner Programs:

A & S Mt. Kisco
A & S Millwood
Art of Flowers
Bedford Village Flower Shoppe
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen
Cherry Blossom Farm
Colonial Terrace
Crabtree Kittle House
DeCicco Family Markets
Exit 4 Restaurant
Feeding Westchester
Forever in Bloom
Gersky’s Catering 7 Event Planning
Greenburgh Hebrew Center H. Weiss & Co.
Henry Schein Inc.
House of Flowers of Mamaroneck
Interstate Foods
JCC - Mid-Westchester
Key Food
Lange’s Deli
Metro Deli Catering
Mrs. Green’s
New Castle CLeaners
Old Stone Trattoria
Rincon Santaneco
Rye Ridge Deli
St. Francis of Assisi
Sammy’s Kosher
Shames JCC on the Hudson
Shiraz Kitchen
Stop & Shop Sunrise Building & Remodeling Inc.
Rincon Santaneco
Temple Beth El Of Northern Westchester
Trader Joe’s
Two’s Company
Whispering Pines
White Plains Bake Shoppe
Whole Foods
Village Market Chappaqua
White Plains Lincoln
Zaro’s Bakery

Organizations We Support And Partner With: