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Yom Shlishi, 6 Tishri 5778

Tikkun Olam

The Reform Templel of Rockland has designed its program to encourage wide-scale congregant participation in tikkun olam. This effort was built on a long-standing commitment to community service that has been woven into the fabric of our congregation since its inception. The activities held during the two-year period covered by this application have inspired action by providing education -- about the Jewish imperative to pursue justice, about the ongoing needs within our community and the world, and the ongoing opportunities for gemilut chasadim. We have provided ongoing assistance to those in need and to the organizations that serve them – the homeless, the hungry, the elderly, our brothers and sisters in Israel, the working poor of Rockland County, our own congregants, and the environment. And, we have responded in times of emergency.

Key to the success of our efforts has been collaboration between many Temple committees and partnerships with several organizations also working to heal the world. The organizations have included United Way of Rockland County, People to People, Meals on Wheels, Nyack Hospital, the Nyack Homeless Project, Rockland Lake State Park, Keep Rockland Beautiful, Helping Hands, Jewish Family Services, Rockland Family Shelter, DOROT, the New Israel Fund, and New York Blood Center. In creating ongoing partnerships with these organizations, we have provided real services to our local and international communities and paved the way for congregants to pursue meaningful ongoing work.

Our programs have included a tax assistance program for the working poor, a collaboration with other houses of worship to provide shelter for the homeless during the winter months, multiple community service days, multiple food drives, a Social Action Speaker Series, ongoing participation in a Kosher Food Cupboard, the generation of tzedakah for the New Israel Fund and organizations that work to alleviate hunger in Rockland and around the world, and a major effort to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The local press has reported on our efforts with substantial coverage, providing recognition for the Temple and education about the local needs being addressed by our work.

Program Descriptions:

  • Hurricane Katrina Victim Assistance
  • Tax Assistance Program
  • Rhoda Bloom Kosher Food Pantry
  • Helping Hands
  • Community Service Days
  • Food Drives
  • New Israel Fund
  • Social Action Speaker Series

Opportunities for Mitzvot

There are many opportunities to perform mitzvot with the RTR community:

Rhoda Bloom Kosher Food Pantry. Each month, in conjunction with Jewish Family Services, RTR congregants help gather and distribute food to those in need in Rockland's Jewish community. 

Helping Hands. During the winter months, TBT provides shelter to the area's homeless for three nights per month. On those nights, one shift of volunteers is needed to cook and serve dinner and a second shift stays overnight. For all who participated last year, it was a rewarding experience. 

Nyack Homeless Project is a volunteer organization that encourages adults, teens, and children to help make a difference to those in need during the winter months. Among other projects, they coordinate clothing drives during November and December. For more info, visit www.nyackhp.org.