Social Action Committee News
Annette DeMarco, Chair
Souper Bowl IV⎯WIN!
We requested, you provided; 215 soup items for "Souper Bowl lV!!! We totally surpassed our score of last year, which was 183. The staff at CFA was thrilled with all the soup so thank you, thank you to everyone who got in the game!! BUT, the shelves at many of the local food banks are low on stock, so our work is not yet done. Please read on.
March Mega Food Drive⎯Mitzvah Madness
The Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey is sponsoring a March Mega Food Drive, involving many local synagogues. Donations will be divided among various food banks in the area. For Adas Emuno, this is our "Community Purim Basket Collection". Please bring donations to the vestry room and leave in the decorated baskets. The JFNNJ considers this part of their "March Mitzvah Madness". The JFNNJ also says that there are 900,000 people in N.J. who rely on food banks. So, I say, please, let's do this (and thank you). If you're planning to attend the Purim celebration, that would be a great time to donate some food.
Do You Knit or Crochet? New Social Action at Adas Emuno
Would you like to do so for organizations in need? If you answered "Yes" and "Yes", please join us on Monday, April 1st, at 7:30 in the social hall. There is much to discuss, including thoughts regarding meetings and projects. We already have a "beginning project" but please bring other ideas. Can't be at the meeting? Just send me an email (feel free to include suggestions) and I'll let you know what is decided. A very special thank you to the Rabbi, who has offered to use his discretionary fund to pay for the wool needed for the projects.
Volunteer opportunities: Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey Great Family Program! Sunday, March 31st, 1pm at the JFNNJ office, Paramus. The food being collected by the Jewish Federation during the month of March needs to be sorted and organized. Want to help? Register at <jfnnj.org/marchmitzvahmadness>.
For Nature Lovers
A different kind of a project you can do on your time. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is considering listing the monarch butterfly as an endangered species. What can we do? Plant orange milkweed, aka butterflyweed, aka butterfly milkweed, etc. Suggestion for our youth: make it a B'nai Mitzvah or community service project. Do some research then ask neighbors, friends and family members if you can plant seeds in their yards.
Family Promise⎯Hike or Bike
Sunday, May 5 th⎯Walk for 3 miles or bike for 3 or 15 miles through Ridgewood. This event supports the working, homeless families of Bergen County. There are fun-filled family activities plus food/drinks for all. Details will be forthcoming regarding events, registration and timing. Please mark your calendars. It's a day of fun teamed up with a good cause.