Saturday, March 1, 2014

Spring Into Social Action

From the pages of Kadima, the newsletter of Congregation Adas Emuno:

A Report from Annette DeMarco
Social Action Committee Chairperson

Hi All!

Comfort food....  It's what goes best with the weather we have been enduring (maybe a bowl of homemade soup or a cup of hot chocolate after shoveling snow?).  As we know, however, for some folks, any food is comforting and welcomed, as it is not readily available to them.  It is for this reason that Adas Emuno has signed up to be a drop-off site for the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey's (JFNNJ) county-wide food drive. 

How It Works: Through March 2, temple members can bring food at any time they will be at the temple.  For the general public, food drop-off day will be Sunday, March 2, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm at the main entrance of our temple. (This is the same day as Magevet will be giving a concert here at Adas Emuno at 2 pm, so that would also be a good time to bring food items. Please pass the word!)


Sunday, March 9 is Good Deeds Day, sponsored by the JFNNJ.  The Federation is asking for volunteers to divide up the food donations.  This will take place at the Federation's office, 50 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus, from 2-4pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to become involved in social action, as there are no age restrictions!  There is, however a need to register at <>. Please email me to let me know if you sign up. My email is at the end of this column. 

We will be collecting clothing, in good condition, for men, women and children.  The donations will be given to the non-profit charity of Calvary Lighthouse/House of Blessing in Lakewood, NJ, which gives the clothing to anyone in need.  This group works closely with social services in that area. Please bring donations to the social hall (back area) from now through March 21.  Please do not leave donations after this date, as there is nowhere to store them. A heartfelt “thank you” to Cantor Nancy Beller-Krieger, who informed me of this organization and has very kindly offered to transport the donations to her home where they will be picked up Ongoing: Tabs from soda cans are still being collected for Ronald McDonald House. General food drive for the Center for Food Action is always ongoing! Please bring to back room of the sanctuary. Thanks again for your support!

Annette acheryl121 at

BLOOD DRIVE: Sunday, March 30 9 AM to 3 PM. Emma Schuller started this project last year as her bat mitzvah project and hopes to make it an annual event at Adas Emuno. Please bring a photo ID. You must be 16 or over to donate blood. Open to the community. Thank you to Emma and her mother, Zina, for coordinating this effort.

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