The New Reform Temple (NRT) Social Justice Committee has activities every month. Members from every age group and interest will find way to become more involved in the Jewish community and the Kansas City community as a whole. Among some of the recent activities of the committee are:
Family Mitzvah Day
Twice a year, the NRT Social Justice Committee works with the Marion And Henry Bloch Religious School to organize a day of volunteering throughout the Kansas City community for our bi-annual Family Mitzvah Day.
Each year, beginning with the High Holy Days, the NRT Social Justice Committee organizes a food drive that collects non-perishable food and household items for the Jewish Family Services (JFS) Food Pantry.
Manheim Community Garden and Mitzvah Garden of Kansas City
Manheim Community Gardens is a non-profit organization in Kansas City, which focuses on reintroducing home-grown food into the lives of our neighbors. Mitzvah Garden KC, on the grounds of The Temple, Congregation B’nai Jehudah, is a community project, started more than 11 years ago to provide much needed vegetables and fruits to area KC food pantries. Entirely 100% of all produce is donated. Volunteers by harvesting and performing general garden labor. Dates for 2020 include: October 4, 11, & 18. Please contact the Temple office for more details.
Operation Breakthrough – Digi-Tutoring
Operation Breakthrough provides a safe, loving, and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers families through advocacy, emergency aid and education. The New Reform Temple is partnering with Operation Breakthrough to address the needs of Kansas City children. We will be recruiting volunteers to tutor a child remotely in reading and/or math. No prior educational experience is required.
Jewish Family Services Calling Connection
Loneliness is a major source of suffering in our society. JFS is offering an opportunity for NRT volunteers to be matched with JFS clients who would be called on weekly basis. Volunteers will be paired with 1-10 older adults to make calls to each week. Volunteers choose how many indidivudals they want to call. Calls are estimated to take anywhere from 10-30 minutes per call. To sign up for Calling Connections, click here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=859183264.
Hanukkah Gift Program
The JFS Hanukkah Gift Program assists over 150 households so they may have the opportunity to celebrate Hanukkah every year. JFS collects gifts for older adults and donations of cash and/or gift cards from area grocery stores (Kohls, Walmart, TJ Maxx or grocery stores. Increments of $25 suggested).
Sock and Mitten Drive in November for The Children’s Place
The Children’s Place is Kansas City’s leading trauma-informed early childhood education program and counseling center. Here, families overcome trauma. Healing is tirelessly pursued, found, and celebrated together. Childhood is restored.
Operation Breakthrough School Supply Drive in December
The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to provide a safe, loving, and educational environment for children in poverty and to empower their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education. By the middle of the year, their school supplies start running low. NRT will be participating in “adopt-a-classroom”. We are collecting the following new items: play-doh, watercolor paints, crayons, and glue sticks.
Tools for Jewish Unemployed
Temple members volunteer for JFS and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), who have teamed up to assist those in the Jewish community who are unemployed. The program is an expansion of JVS’ job readiness services of career counseling, resume assistance and interviewing skills.
Extreme Yard Rakeover
In collaboration with Jewish Family Services, NRT members form teams to participate, to match volunteer groups with older adult homeowners in financial need to have their yards raked during the first three weeks of November.
Social Justice Allies
The New Reform Temple supports LGBTQ and ally teen communities nationwide. Find out more about their work and upcoming events here: https://www.keshetonline.org/teenshabbaton/
We support the Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement as well. Read more here: https://www.rac.org
Learn more about our commitment to social justice: