Social Action Committee
Jackie Berger, Chairperson (2015-2016)
Congregation Dor Tamid Social Action Committee - Mission Statement
A basic principle of Judaism is "Tikkun Olam" - Repairing the world through mitzvot and tzedakah. CDT's Social Action Committee seeks to involve the congregation in working on projects that will inform and educate our congregants about important issues which affect us as Jews and as citizens of the world, as well as help improve the quality of life of people in need. CDT also strives to advocate for issues concerning Social Justice in accordance with the platforms supported by the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism).
Social Action Projects
HOMES AGAINST HUNGER is a simple way to help eradicate food insecurity in the Greater Atlanta Area. 3 simple steps:
1- We handout or deliver (to your door) a Teal HOMES AGAINST HUNGER bag.
2- You fill up the bag with non-perishable, non-breakable grocery items (BOGOs work great!!).
3- At appointed dates (4 times a year) we pick up the bag and leave a fresh bag for you.
SIMPLE AS 1-2-3!!!
Blessing Bags for the Needy and Homeless - 7TH GRADE SOCIAL ACTION
During the Winter and Spring of 2016 the 7th grade religious school Social Action Class collected assorted items for the needy and homeless and placing these items in bags with notes of encouragement. These bags will be distributed to the homeless and to organizations such as Lift Up Atlanta, whose mission is to: "provide homeless women and children in the metro Atlanta area with safe housing, food, clothing and other services designed to help them meet their basic needs, to support their education, and to empower them to reach self sufficiency." We hope to repeat this project on a congregation wide basis next year!!
Teenage Domestic Sex Trafficking is rampant in the Greater Atlanta Metro Area and in particular in the NE Suburbs. CDT had a wonderfully, educational program on this crucial issue on Sunday, April 26th, 2015, working in conjunction with Street Grace (http://www.streetgrace.org).
Atlanta Community Food Bank - Food Drive (ongoing):
All year round, there are Food Donation Bins in the lobby of CDT. Cans and other non-perishable items are being collected for distribution by the ACFB. They serve the greater Atlanta area and supply food for Fulton, Gwinnett, Dekalb, Cobb, Forsyth, Hall and other neighboring counties.
On the High Holy Days - Sisterhood will be overseeing the donation of food for PROJECT ISAIAH! Collection bags will be distributed starting in early September. Start your gathering now. BOGOs are great opportunities to start your donations!
CDT had a great team of walkers for the annual Hunger Walk on 3-13-16 who raised money and walked for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta! This year, Debbie Eskenazi and Drew Fonoroff were our Team Captains! GREAT JOB!!!! Hopefully we will match or exceed our goals next year so that we can actively show our support for eradicating food insecurity in the Metro-Atlanta area. GO CDT WALKERS!!
Annual Coat Drive
During High Holidays, the Social Action Committee has an Annual Coat Drive to benefit North Fulton Community Charities and the Gwinnett Women's and Children's Shelter.
On the 18th of each month from October through April, and assorted other dates, our congregation volunteers to provide and serve dinner to homeless couples at the Zaban Shelter located at The Temple on Peachtree St.. Four to six volunteers are needed each month to feed approximately 50-60 people from 6 - 8pm. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. If you would like to sign up for a date or get more information, email email@example.com
Our community garden, Gan Tamid, is on the CDT property. We have several work days each year and are always in need of regular volunteers to help with plantings and care of the garden. Under the direction, and due to the hard work and dedication, of Lesley Radov, last year over 277 lbs. of fresh produce was donated local food banks/coops. This is a great volunteer opportunity for families or individuals who want to make a difference in a “green” way!!
Chesed Tamid - Gift Cards
CDT collects donations and collects and distributes gift cards several times a year to those who could benefit from the use of the same within the CDT community. Donations can be made on the CDT website or in the office.
In support of the Union of Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center's platform and in association with Sojourn Atlanta, http://www.sojourngsd.org, CDT Congregants and CDTTY Youth Group Members marched with Sojourn and other Atlanta Community synagogues and religious organization in the 2015 Pride Parade in October to show our support of equal rights for all people regardless of their gender preferences and/or orientation. This year's parade was on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
B’nai Mitzvah Projects
Bar and Bat Mitzvah are required to complete a Mitzvah Project. The Project Approval form is on the CDT website (Mitzvah Form on CDT Website). Cantor Soloist Mike Zuspan is the Mitzvah Project Coordinator and can help with ideas and guidance on projects too. Be sure to submit Approval Form before starting project.
If you are interested in joining the Social Action Committee, need information or are interested in participating in any of these present or future events, please feel free to email :