A Report from Annette DeMarco
Social Action Committee Chairperson
Hello to All!
Team A.E. 101 and Team Hunger 0! That was the final score for our "Souper Bowl ll". Thank you so very much to everyone who donated soup items. This is definitely the time of year to eat soup and 101 cans, cartons, etc. of this comfort food went a long way to warm up and fill up some hungry folks.
Happening now: our Adas Emuno community, giant-sized Shaloch Manot Basket Food Collection! The basket area, in the vestry, will be adorned with fun, bright, Purim decorations, so it can't be missed! Any food collected through March will be donated to the Jewish Federation's March Food Drive (if it is held this year) or to the Center for Food Action in Englewood. Coming for the Purim Spiel? That would be a great time to bring a food item for each person in your party… just a thought!
Ever wonder what to do with your extra, kosher for Passover, non perishable foods left after the holiday ends? Well, here's the solution! Bring them to the vestry room in the temple by the end of April and they will be given to Helping Hands, located in Teaneck.
New Event for our Congregation: Family Promise, the organization in Bergen County that shelters and supports homeless, working families with children, will be holding their annual "Hike or Bike" event on Sunday, May 5th, in Ridgewood. Three of us from the temple took part in this program last year. It was great fun for a great cause and the people in charge could not have been more helpful, caring or grateful. So, we decided to try it as a temple event for this year. The "hike" goes for 3 miles (think "walk through the neighborhood"!) and the "bike" is 15 miles, with at least part of it along a bike path. There is also a "hike or trike" for little ones under age 5, plus food, music, games, etc. for all. Please save the date, and look for details to come, including how to register, fees (this money is used for the many programs/assistance offered by Family Promise) and times of the events. It's a wonderful way to spend a day with family, friends and fellow congregants.
Our next Social Action Committee meeting will be on Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 PM in the Social Hall. All are welcome to join us to bring ideas for future programs and input on our current projects. A happy and healthy new year to all!
Annette – acheryl21 at gmail.com