"If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?"
                                                                                              - Rabbi Hillel, Pirke Avot 1:14

At Woodlands we believe in social action through participation. Giving one’s time to those causes that make the world a better place is at the very heart of Jewish life. While we find ourselves transformed and provoked by our sacred texts and prayers, we can transform the lives of others through expressions of participation and giving.

Whether you have a day, a few weeks, or just an hour, our Social Action Committee has activities for you. They span the areas of Service, Advocacy, Education, and Partnership, encompassing a wide variety of interests for people of all ages and time commitments. Take a look at our programs and decide what excites you and fits into your life. More programs are added throughout the year. All that is needed is a desire to help. And if you have an idea for a new project, let's talk about it. Reach us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Social Action co-chairs Rabbi Joan Glazer Farber and Roberta Roos are anxious to hear from you.


The Afghani refugee family sponsored by Woodlands/Bet Am Shalom, working with HIAS, has arrived. Click HERE for an update.

A big kol hakavod to Marge Glusker and Dan Emery and their counterparts at Bet Am Shalom for leading the way.


Opportunities for Engagement

ADVOCACY
Following the lead of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC), we inform the congregation of legislative and social concerns and provide opportunities for action.

Through RAC-NY, we are working with other Reform congregations in NYS for legislation that would make driver's licenses accessable to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status (the Green Light NY campaign). To participate in our Purim (March 21) Call-in  Day, click here. For other information about the project as well as about our scheduled April 8 advocacy day in Albany, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Social Action Committee has decided to make passage of the Parental Bereavement Leave Act a priority and take a leadership role in working toward its passage.

BLOOD DRIVE
Donate blood at WCT through the New York Blood Center. Mar 24, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Anyone from 17-75 years old who weighs at least 110 lbs can donate blood. 16 year-olds can donate with a letter from their parents and those 75 years old or older with a letter from their doctor.  Sign up. Co-chairs are Chuck Bauer, Jill Garland and Steve Sagner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BREAKFAST RUN/MIDNIGHT RUN
Four Sundays each year, the Breakfast Run group loads up cars with oatmeal, French toast, hot coffee, yogurt, and more and heads into NYDC to provide breakfast, clothing and companionship to folks who are homeless or low income. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on helping. Our Confirmation Class provides food and clothing for its Christmas Eve midnight run. Our next breakfast run is on Sunday, June 2.

BRIDGES OF FAITH & FRIENDSHIP
This task force helps us build friendships with the Westchester Muslim community and provides opportunities to deepen our knowledge of, and personal connections to, Islam and other faith communities. Of special interest this fall was "Islam, Judaism & America - Opportunities & Challenges," held in October. Save Saturday evening, June 1 for Iftar with Peace Islands Institute.

CHILDREN'S VILLAGE GIFTS
Each December we provide holiday gifts for the teens in a Children's Village cottage. To fill the wish of a teen, contact Jeanne Bodin and Natalie Werner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DESSERT FOR A WEEK
Provide desserts (homemade, bought or fresh fruit) for a week in November or December for the teens in a shelter in Valhalla. To sign up for a week - or to share a week with another family - contact Jeanne Bodin and Natalie Werner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DOMESTIC ABUSE TASK FORCE
To help support the needs of women and children in, and about to leave, Hope's Door shelter, click here.

ENVIRONMENTAL TASK FORCE
As we respond to the biblical commandment to till and tend our planet, this year's efforts will go toward becoming a "zero waste" community in both our temple and our homes. To get involved in any of our Reduce, Recycle, Reuse efforts, contact Kirsten Kleinman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

FIGHTING HATE
Together with our neighbors, Woodlands is vigorous in responding to hate incidents and teaching tolerance and understanding. Click here to learn what is happening and what you can do.

HIGH HOLY DAYS HUNGER PROJECT
Each year the Yom Kippur Food Truck rolls into the Woodlands parking lot to collect healthy, non-perishable food. Congregants are asked to bring a box or bag of newly purchased healthy food to contribute to Woodlands biggest food collection of the year. Volunteers help with the food collection and help deliver the food to the food pantries on the morning after Yom Kippur. We are very grateful to this years volunteers (Sandi Lieb, who organizied it all with her lieutenants, Val Fox and Julie Stein, plus the wonderful crew: Jeanne Bodin, Lesli & Danielle Cattan, Sarah Chernoff, Rachel Flamm, Jada Fleiss, Dayle Fligel, Julian Goldstein-Lika, Lindsay Hornstein, Carol Intner, Shelli Katz, Hannah Kirschbaum, Marina Lebowich, Evi Lieb, Aaron, Barry & Laurie Liebowitz, Todd Miller, Sarah Sagner, Eliana & Sam Scafidi, Paul Storfer, Elise Wagner, Lucas Werner - plus all those kids who came to give and stayed to work). 

HUNGER PROJECTS
Feeding the hungry is a major component of our work. We urge you to bring a donation to our Mensch of the Month food cart whenever you come to the temple.

HURRICANE RELIEF
To help disaster victims, click here.

IMMIGRANT FRIENDS AT WOODLANDS
Undocumented immigrants live in constant fear of apprehension and deportation by ICE. We are constantly looking for ways to ensure that they are treated with justice and compassion. For current opportunities to help, click here and here. For more information, contact Lesli Cattan and Steve Glusker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MITZVAH MONTH
We devote the month of October/Heshvan to providing opportunities to try different social action projects. It is our hope that you will discover something that you will want to continue long after the month has passed.Take a look at the schedule and choose one or two or three - or more - to try.

PROJECT EZRA
We are proud of our 40+ year involvement with these elderly Jews of the Lower East Side. In the fall/winter, they are our guests at a luncheon and in the spring, we provide them with food for their Passover celebration. Get involved in either or both! For more information, contact Harriet Kohn and Elise Wagner Ballan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
Our refugee resettlement team is led by Marge Glusker and Melanie Roher. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for an update.

TEEN SHELTER DINNER COMMITTEE
Several times each year, as part of a project of the Greenburgh Interfaith Caring Community, Woodlands prepares Sunday dinner for the teens residing at The Sanctuary in Valhalla. If you would like to participate (really easy - food prepared at home), let the team (Val Fox, Melissa Goldsmith, Allison Pray) know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and they will put you on the notification list. Our next dinner will be on Sunday, June 9.


 

 

Click Here to read our Social Action Brochure