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.
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.
Jewish Family Services Friendly Visitor Program
Call, visit, or write an older adult, and change a life. Temple members help create comfort and connection through the simple pleasure of friendly conversation or a caring phone call. They are a friendly visitor for adults, families, teenagers and college students.
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 (Hen House, HyVee, Price Chopper, Target and Walmart).
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: