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Increasing our "Mensch Index" by helping our community
Whether you want to join in a long-term
project, participate in an event or just spend a few hours, the Social
Action Committee can hook you up! Food and clothing drives, Mitzvah Day,
Sukkot in April, international outreach; maybe you have a favorite charity
that could use a little more support. Of course, we would love to also
welcome a few more participants for the ongoing projects.
spending a little Mitzvah time with the Social Action Committee in 5773!
A main goal
of the Social Action Committee’s focus is on increasing our congregation’s
assistance to human services in the community.
Economic downturns are
especially devastating to those who live in or on the edge of poverty.
Please join in these efforts in any way you can!
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had lots of hands,
skilled and unskilled for
Sukkot in April
Sukkot in April
April 28, 2013
Each year, Beth Emeth
participates in our annual home-repair project, along with more than 25
other Washington-area synagogues and more than 150 church communities.
The program improves the homes
and lives of elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners by helping them
maintain their homes. This is part of National Rebuilding Day sponsored by:
Rebuilding Together -
Arlington Fairfax Falls Church, is a non-profit affiliate of the national
Rebuilding Together, Inc. network which is the nation's leading non-profit
organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize
Yachad, the Jewish
Housing and Community Development Corporation:
Both skilled and unskilled
volunteers are needed. Tasks vary from year to year but generally involve:
April 28, 2013
Where: TBD (A Northern VA
Why: You’re committed to
helping improve the lives of those around you
What: 4 ½ hours of your
time and/or a small donation to purchase repair/building materials
There will be two shifts: Morning 8:00am-12:30 pm; Afternoon is 1:00pm-5:30
pm. Lunch will be served for both shifts at 12:30 pm.
Volunteers and Team Leads will
be assigned to tasks that focus on their preferences (see list above).
We are using a Signup Genius
website for volunteering and receiving donations… just go to
Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Food Drive
"Share your bread with the hungry..."
Please fill a bag and bring it with you to Kol Nidre Services; volunteers
will assist you at the rear of the parking lot. (Or bring to the lobby
in the few days before.)
contributions will go to the Reston Interfaith Emergency Food Pantry.
• Pasta Sauce
• Cereal, Oatmeal
• Peanut Butter and Jelly
• Macaroni and Cheese
• Bagged rice (white or brown)
• Bottled juice
• Canned veggies - regular or no salt (all sorts)
• Canned fruit
• Canned Tuna, Salmon, Chicken, Ham
• Tea, Coffee (regular & decaf - instant)
• Snacks (crackers, fruit & granola bars, etc.)
• Dry Goods (sugar, sweetener, flour, salt)
• Condiments (mayo, ketchup, mustard)
• Toilet Paper
• Laundry Detergent
• Feminine Hygiene
• Diapers (all sizes)
• Baby Wipes
• Formula (all types)
• Baby Food (all stages)
CBE members marching in the October 2012
Mini-Walk for the Homeless.
Congregation Beth Emeth
inTaking Steps to End Homelessness
2013 Date and info coming soon!
Thanksgiving Food Baskets in
is a wonderful way for CBE families to help other families at the
Thanksgiving Holiday time – donate a Thanksgiving Dinner!
This year, Reston
Interfaith’s Thanksgiving Basket Drive will again collect over 1,800
baskets for families in need in Reston and Herndon. Along with
nonperishable food items, each Thanksgiving Basket will include a gift
card to a grocery store so a family can enjoy a fresh turkey for their
feast. Take part in making a family’s Thanksgiving plentiful by donating
a basket with the following nonperishable items to Reston Interfaith
during the designated collection times:
INSTRUCTIONS: Please place food items in a cardboard box with a lid
and DO NOT include the gift card. Gift cards should be kept separate
from the box of food.)
3 cans assorted
3 cans fruit
1 large can juice
1 box mashed
1 box or bag of
1 box biscuit or
2 boxes macaroni &
1 snack (pretzels,
(cake/icing, pie crust/filler)
potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy,
salt & pepper
$25 gift card for
purchase of a turkey (Reston Interfaith does not have the capacity to
store or accept perishable items. Please donate a gift card to a grocery
store in lieu of turkeys.)
When & Where:
Place: St. John Neumann Church 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston
2012 Days and times to be
Hypothermia Week at St.
John Neumann Church
January -- stay tuned for 2014 dates!
in Fairfax County, many people are homeless and especially in need during
the colder months. Different faith communities host homeless guests for a
week to prevent hypothermia, and those with smaller facilities (like CBE)
assist. CBE members will again participate in feeding and sheltering
homeless adults at the St. John Neumann Church on Lawyers Road.
In addition to
donating breakfast food and clothing, we provide and serve
dinner to more than 40 guests one night during the week. This was our 6th year!
Many volunteers and
donations are needed. In addition,
the Acts of Lovingkindness Fund money
donated to the Acts of Lovingkindness Fund can be earmarked for “Hypothermia
CBE members may sign
Stay tuned for
signup information for January 2014. Thank you for participating in this
vital service to our community. Questions?
Contact Ted Benjamin.
Ongoing Social Action Projects:
We Belong to Reston Interfaith
is a community-based
human service agency that promotes self-sufficiency and supports people in
need of food, shelter, affordable housing, childcare and other human
services. Founded in 1970 by area religious organizations to encourage the
development of affordable housing in the area, Reston Interfaith has since
broadened its offerings to address the most pressing social needs in our
CBE is on the Board of The Closet of Herndon!
We all know
that The Closet is a cool thrift shop in Herndon,
with all profits donated back to
the community. Last year the Closet donated over $55K (Jeannie Schmidt Free
Clinic, Laurel Learning Center, Fish, etc..) and provided $56K in free
clothing to qualifying individuals. Check out the Closet at
are three ways to support The Closet, located at 845 Station Street,
(two doors down from Harvest Bread!):
1 - Volunteer, 2 - Donate, 3 – Shop
CBE is one of 23 congregations
in the Reston/Herndon area who have committed to providing volunteers to
staff the Closet.
CBE will fill some volunteer hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 am
and 2 pm.
Our commitment is to
provide at least 8 hours of volunteer time between 10AM- 2PM, but you can
volunteer for 1,2,3 or 4 hours. Once you arrive, Manager Aaron Sawyer
assigns tasks based on what you like to do: sales, bagging goods, working in
the dressing room area, pricing, etc. It's low key but hopping. It's a lot
of fun and the CBE group tries to have lunch afterwards.
CBE's upcoming dates are:
- Thursday, May 2nd
- Tuesday, May 21st
- Thursday, June 6th
- Thursday, June 20th
- Thursday, July 4th
- Thursday, July 18th
of Volunteer Dates can always be found on
The Closet's site.)
these dates don't work and you would like to volunteer, The Closet is open
most days and volunteers are always appreciated. If you know others that
might be interested, please invite them to join us!
to volunteer? Call or email
If you are doing spring
cleaning, the Closet
donations of a wide variety of new and gently used items, including:
men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, outer garments
Household items, dishes, linens, decor
Electronics, sporting goods, suitcases
Toys, books, videos, musical instruments, etc.
Small furniture, small appliances (no large furniture)
Donation days are Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Ready to donate?
Just drive around the back of the building and someone will help you bring
in your donations. If you have any questions about donations, please call
Closet is like a small department store… they have so much! Store manager
Aaron Sawyer maintains a high level of quality control that leads to
amazing bargains. There are clothes for all members of the family; many are
new with tags.
Check out the glassware, dishes and small appliances. The toys and
sporting goods are well organized. All electric items are checked out by
volunteers and are in working condition. Lamp shades, vases, purses, shoes…
so many nice things!
Shop on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
You will feel great doing it and will be contributing to the community at
the same time.
to shop? We are ALWAYS ready to shop!!
Kids can help
make Bag Lunches for the Homeless!
The staff at the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter in Reston Town Center
distribute 60-75 bag lunches to non-residents every day, seven days a week.
Lately, there have been even more people coming in and supplies of lunches
are running short.
Please get a group of friends together to provide some of these lunches!
This is a great opportunity to involve kids.
Here is the link to the
Bag Lunch Donation Guidelines.
This is a way to directly benefit those who need help the most.
Help turn housing into
homes for families in transition
Graceful Spaces is a program that works in partnership with Reston
Interfaith to serve families participating in the Transitional
Housing Program. Items donated through Reston Interfaith to Graceful
Spaces are used to furnish homes owed by RI. Graceful Spaces provides
practical household and organizational support for Reston Interfaith and
enables our families to quickly settle into and enjoy their new homes.
Key services provided by Graceful
organizational systems for kitchens, bathrooms, closets laundry and
Finding furniture and
other items through private donations. Refurnishing/repairing these items,
arranging furniture inside the home.
Teaching the value of
living simply and helping clients de-clutter their homes.
Graceful Spaces accepts following donation items in good condition. Please
call Anne Strange at 703-309-8277 or Karen Hale at 703-407-7553 to arrange a
pickup from your home.
Lamps and side tables
Desks and desk chairs
Dining room table and
Dressers and chests
Bedding, light weight
bedspreads and blankets
Table linens and
Framed art, picture
frames, candleholders, vases, serving pieces
Organizers such as
hampers, plastic or wood clothes hangers
Coat hooks and racks
Planters and flower
Fabric, scrap lumber,
Winter Coat Drive For Children and Adults
donate winter coats for those in need. Coats are distributed through the
Hunter Mill Supervisor’s Office all winter long.
Bring your clean, wearable coats to the CBE lobby or to the Hunter Mill
District Coat Closet at
the North County Government Center at 12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston.
The Coat Closet accepts donations and offers coats November through
February. Hours of operation are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon; Thursdays from
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For information, call 703-478-0283.
The Closet and
The Bargain Loft, both in Herndon, are thrift shops helping low-income
people and families in Reston/Herndon.
The Closet accepts all kinds
of clothing, shoes and accessories, cosmetics, kitchen items, small
appliances and lamps. It is located at
845 Station St.,
Herndon, VA 20170. Hours for donation drop-off are: Thursday and Saturday, 8 AM –2 PM
(They are closed all of July). Phone: 703-437-7652. More
information. (See above for great opportunities to volunteer at The
The Bargain Loft
accepts furniture, lamps, dishes, glassware, house wares, books, computers &
electronics, collectibles and toys. Bring your stuff on Tuesday through
Friday, 10 AM – 3 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM. They have volunteers who can pick up your large
furniture, call for an appointment. If the store gets too full they will
sometimes not take furniture, toys and books, so call ahead before you bring
those items. The Bargain Loft is located at 336 Victory Drive, off Spring
Street, in the same office park as Lake Anne Florist. Phone: 703- 437-0600.
Each year, Congregation Beth
Emeth marks Organ Donor Shabbat with a sermon related to organ
donations, reminding us how important it is to register as an organ
donor. Our Organ Donor page provides
information about the Mitzvah of organ donation and how to register.