Current Opportunities:

  • Mitzvah Day 2023
  • Abortion Rights
  • RAC-NJ Voting Rights
  • Second Saturday Soup Kitchen
  • Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges
  • SOMA Refugee Resettlement Program
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.

Mitzvah Day 2023Join us for a congregation-wide Mitzvah Day!

With projects to benefit:
East Orange Animal Alliance • BRIDGES • IFPO •
St. Barnabas nurses • the military • SOMA Shares • and more!
We will end the day with Havdalah.
(All children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Saturday, Febraury 25 from 3:00 – 5:00pm
at TSTI

To register and get more info, click here

Reproductive FlyerSupport Reproductive Freedom

Donate to abortionfunds.org.

Speak to normalize abortion. Tell your story.

Engage by protesting and marching.

Connect with our state, national and local representatives to demand they expand abortion access and equity.

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.

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 ([email protected]).

Upcoming 2023 dates: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11 & December 9.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page.

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 [email protected].

Co-chairs: Karyn Boosin Leit, Lisa Goldberg Ozer and Andy Soloway.

https://www.orangesfoodpantry.org

Center for Volunteerism of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest

The Center for Volunteerism of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest offers many opportunities for kids and adults alike:

  • Newark Jewish Cemeteries
    • Photograph gravestones and send to the JewishGen Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) so that a photograph can accompany the burial information offering people living far away to “visit” their loved ones as well as to preserve the historical value of the graves.
  • Community Mitzvah Day (Sunday, March 19, 2023)
    • Multiple hands-on mitzvah projects will take place around GMW simultaneously.
  • Dignity Grows Packing Party
    • Volunteers will organize, assemble, and distribute reusable zipper-top totes filled with a one-month supply of soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste, along with menstrual products or shaving cream and razor kits for those in need.
  • Mitzvah of the Moment
    • Opportunities to collect needed items for the community throughout the year (Back-to-School supplies, Thanksgiving foods, etc.)

Download the flyer: Synagogue Volunteerism Opportunities