Looking to Make a Difference?
Our congregation has many current programs that provide ways to get involved and make a difference. Current opportunities are below, and don’t forget to bookmark this page so you can check back for any additional programs that come up.
Reproduction and Abortion Rights
Join us to support our Jewish values in guaranteeing reproductive freedom for all.
DONATE: AbortionFunds.org & Prochoice.org
SPEAK: Normalize abortion, tell your story, erase the stigma
ENGAGE: Protest. March. Volunteer with Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
ADVOCATE: Connect with NCJW to tell your NJ reps to pass A4350/S2918 and expand abortion equity and access
We won’t go back. We won’t stop fighting.
RAC-NJ: Voting Rights
At a time when many of us fear for the future of our country, for our personal safety, civil liberties, reproductive freedom, and the future of our planet, our elections have never been so important. Join us at TSTI and RAC-New Jersey, as the Reform Movement continues to partner with Center for Common Ground to engage under-represented voters around the country in advance of the 2022 elections.
Research has found that engaging under-represented voters through personally written postcards has been effective in increasing voter turnout. RAC’s Every Voice, Every Vote campaign will include opportunities to write postcards, as well as text and phone bank, to reach prospective voters across the United States.
Order one or several packs of postcards from the RAC and write the postcards individually or with a group of your friends. The link to order them is https://urj.tfaforms.net/730. This page also includes a link to a training video. The kit you will receive includes instructions, postcards (30 per packet), a script, labels for part of the text, and an address list. You need only to provide stamps.
More information to come on a TSTI postcard party!
SOMA Refugee Resettlement Program
After nearly four months, the SOMA Refugee Resettlement effort is continuing — and will continue for eight more months.
At this time, we could use more volunteers to help to drive our Afghan refugee family to the occasional appointment and to help them to navigate public transportation in our area. Also, the family would love to meet families with children of a similar age for playdates and friendship, as well as to help with conversational English. Please contact Shayna Schmidt at Shayna.firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer.
At the same time, we are exploring the possibility of supporting a Ukrainian family to settle in our community. If you are interested in the possibility of getting involved on a leadership level in this effort, please contact Alan Levine at email@example.com.
Second Saturday Soup Kitchen
TSTI’s Second Saturday Soup Kitchen offers prepared meals for our food-insecure neighbors. Congregants compose and drop off nutritious meals and bottled water to Epiphany & Christ Church on Main Street in Orange every month.
Co-chairs: Karyn Boosin Leit & Jeff Lind (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Volunteers needed for 2022 TSTI Second Saturday Soup Kitchen dates:
August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12 & December 10
Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges
IFPO is an all-volunteer, supplemental food pantry helping to meet essential human needs of food-insecure residents of Orange, East Orange, and West Orange, NJ, with dignity and respect. We currently serve close to 600 clients each pantry Wednesday.
TSTI members regularly volunteer at the IFPO, primarily by bagging, unloading, and distributing bags of non-perishable groceries, toiletries, as well as a hearty box of produce. You can also donate to the IFPO through a special TSTI fund.
For information about volunteer opportunities for adults and high school students and to receive the sign up link, email IFPOranges@gmail.com.
Co-chairs: Karyn Boosin Leit.
Help for Ukraine
In order to get desperately needed relief to Ukrainians as quickly as possible, we have been asked to make direct monetary donations rather than send goods.
This is an initial list of organizations working on the front lines to provide aid. Please check back frequently. We will be updating this list as the needs change.
Your donations can help provide food, medical support, shelter and other aid at a critical time.