Gates of Righteousness

Social Justice Programs

Shaarei Kodesh is committed to participating in repairing the world, tikkum olam, through social action programs.  We take this obligation very seriously and try to devote our time both to helping our Jewish community as well as the community at large.  If you are interested in more information regarding our social action programs, please contact our  office.

October

Support Local Homeless: Family Promise

During Sukkot, as we dwell in temporary booths called Sukkot, we reflect on the impermanent nature of our lives.  We welcome mystical sacred guests, Ushpizin, into our temporary homes, and they become a part of our lives.  During Sukkot, we will expand the concept of Ushpizin, sacred guests, by helping the homeless men, women and children in the South Florida community.  


Blood Drive
Sunday October 1, 2017
Donating blood saves lives. If you are able, please drop by the One Blood truck in our parking lot to give.

September & November
Help Community Members In Need
We are reminded that our community is part of a greater one when we help Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services’ Jacobson Family Food Pantry. We collect non-perishable food items at our High Holidays and year-round. There is a drop box in our lobby. Also, this November, we will be collecting toiletries for the pantry. Look out for more details.

December
Adopt a Shaarei Kodesh “Grandparent” Program
Kids will have the opportunity to connect with seniors in our congregation by paying visits, sending Shabbat a Grams, helping clean their homes before Pesach, sending mishloach manot, and more.

January  
Gleaning & Community Supported Agriculture
Gleaning is a food recovery strategy that allows produce that is below market grade, but equally nutritious and beneficial to be harvested and distributed to the food insecure of Palm Beach County. Save the date for this year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15.
 

This month will will also consider how we can support CSA’s or “Community-Supported Agriculture.”  CSA’s are a produce distribution method that’s local and sustainable.  A CSA is how small nearby farms get their produce right into the hands of local consumers (CSA members) the very day it’s picked.

 

February  
The 9Adar Project: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, February 18 – 24, 2018
The 9Adar Project seeks to cultivate a culture of constructive conflict across personal, political, religious and other divides. The 9th of the Hebrew month of Adar marks the day that two thousand years ago healthy disagreements “for the sake of Heaven” between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai turned destructive, and it serves as a powerful reminder of what can happen when these values and skills are neglected.

March /April
Collective Giving Circle
A giving circle is a group of friends, family or co-workers who come together to give. They pool their charitable donations and decide together where to allocate their money. Congregation Shaarei Kodesh will assemble in March to decide what social justice project they would like to fund as a collective giving circle. Minimum $10 donation in order to participate. The members of the giving circle will promote the cause throughout this two-month period.

May

Masorti Movement
In the spirit of Israel’s 70th birthday, we will dedicate the month of May to supporting religious pluralism in the state of Israel through supporting the Masorti Movement.  The purpose and mission of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism is to support the work of Israelis in building a Judaism that preserves observance and tradition while recognizing how modern life in Israel is lived.  We hope to build connections to our Masorti communities in Israel.  

 

 

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