Students who receive subsidized or free lunches often go hungry during school vacations. Our Food for Thought provides food boxes to needy families at four West Contra Costa schools, during these breaks. This project is in conjunction with members of congregations in central and east Contra Costa, so they will learn how to replicate it in their areas.
Tikkun (Social Action)
Emergency Food Drive
As the economy weakens the demand for food assistance from the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry continues to increase. We have been doing a great job raising food to help our neighbors, but we need to keep it up. Thanks to everyone who has contributed, and continues to contribute food to the neediest in our community. Breakfast cereal and peanut butter are still in highest demand. Let us all continue to make sure that no one in our community goes hungry because they cannot afford to feed themselves and their families.
When you come to synagogue, for religious school, to celebrate Shabbat or for an educational or social program, please bring some breakfast cereal or peanut butter. Let’s continue to share what we have by filling the red barrels in our lobby to overflowing to feed the hungry.
The Food Pantry also needs money to buy meat and poultry, which we cannot donate, because of health laws. If you would like to make a donation please leave it with Arlene in the Temple office. Make your checks payable to the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry.
Our synagogue’s caring community is here to help you and your family in times of need.
In support of those sick, injured or homebound we can keep in touch by phone, computer or in person; provide meals; help with some transportation needs; provide respite or childcare, run errands and possibly provide assistance with negotiations with assorted agencies.
For those who have lost a loved one and are grieving, we can help organize the Meal of Condolence after a burial and provide transportation to the funeral or cemetery; provide food and people for Shiva; help with meals, errands, respite or childcare as needed after Shiva; provide a person to stay in regular contact with the family for 6-12 months as needed. We can provide transportation connections to services and other synagogue events, as well as possible other locations.
To activate us for your family or for someone you know in the congregation call Marilyn Hertzberg (see TBH Roster for contact information).