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Teens Visit RAC in DC

Posted December 3, 2012

This weekend, our teens traveled to the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C., where they met Senator Schumer and Representative Maloney.

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 4

Posted November 29, 2012

Cantor Katz had oatmeal for breakfast; Rabbi Salth stocked up on soup
Cantor Katz had oatmeal for breakfast; Rabbi Salth stocked up on soup

Our clergy continued their week on the Food Stamp Challenge. Cantor Katz was only able to stick to the challenge for one meal, a breakfast of oatmeal. Rabbi Salth shared his reflections on the challenge:

I have been regularly humbled this week by this experience.  Fortunately for me, this challenge was an exercise. Trying to find a way to eat on a extreme budget is the norm for millions including, I know, the guests we welcome into our lobby each Thursday and Friday morning for a hot breakfast served by our dedicated volunteers.  In addition, I had a microwave to heat my soup each day.  What do people do when that is not an option  At minimum it limits their choices even further.

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Food Stamp Challenge: Day 3

Posted November 28, 2012

Steve Chudnow and his daughter Dani, 13, are taking the Food Stamp Challenge together this week. While at work and school respectively, they've been turning down tempting meals and snacks in order to keep within their weekly budget of $31.50.

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Food Stamp Challenge: Day 2

Posted November 27, 2012

The obvious "challenge" in this food stamp experience is budgetary: $1.50 per meal is substantially less than, for example, the cost of a Dunkin' Donuts breakfast sandwich--or even a cup of coffee there, for that matter. Read more

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 1

Posted November 26, 2012

Submitted by Cantor Buchdahl
Yesterday I prepared for our family's taking the Food Stamp Challenge by grocery shopping with my son, Gabriel, age 12. I admit it felt a little like cheating that I did my shopping at a Shaw's in Vermont, near my in-laws house, where the prices are definitely cheaper than in Manhattan.

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Hurricane Recovery Effort

Posted November 21, 2012

Many of our members have expressed interest in contributing to the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. We've compiled a list of ways that we can support our fellow New Yorkers. Read more

Parshat Toldot: The Jewish Food Stamp Challenge

Posted November 16, 2012

Poor Esau. The twin brother of our patriarch Jacob is portrayed as such a buffoon. He’s the red-haired Neanderthal hunter--a foil to Jacob, the mild, bookish mama’s boy. And proof-positive of Esau’s stupidity is the story, found in this week’s portion, of how he is duped into selling his birthright to Jacob over a bowl of lentil stew. Read more

Mitzvah Day 2012

Posted November 12, 2012

Mitzvah Day Collage

From the Bronx to Far Rockaway, our congregants pooled their time and efforts to assist their fellow New Yorkers.

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Update on Hurricane Relief Effort

Posted November 7, 2012

Our congregation’s response to the disaster has been extraordinary. So many of you have offered your help and sought opportunities to support our neighbors at this terrible time. Even those physically unable to assist, have shared thoughts, prayers and funds—all of which mean so much to our community.

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Knitting for Mitzvah Day

Posted November 5, 2012

Why Knot Knit group shows off their creations
Our Why Knot Knit group shows off their creations
Our knitting group, Why Knot Knit, has made 193 items in time for this upcoming Mitzvah Day. That includes 45 knit bunnies, 33 adult hats, 12 infant hats, 26 lap blankets, 17 children's scarves, and 60 adult scarves. These items will be donated to New York Cares on Mitzvah Day as well as to those in New York City who are still without heat and in need of warm clothing and blankets. Kol HaKavod!

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