Get Involved Through Or Zarua and Help Those in Need
“The Reward for Charity Depends Entirely Upon the Extent of the Kindness in it”-Talmud Bavli
In the spirit of gemilut hasadim, the Or Zarua Hesed Committee coordinates the congregation’s efforts to help those within our local community who are in need.
Please contact the Hesed Committee to sign up or for more information on any of the projects listed below.
Hands on Tutoring with DREAM
DREAM, formerly Harlem RBI, is a youth development program that began as a baseball/softball program in East Harlem 26 years ago. DREAM now offers a charter school and an after-school program serving over 2,000 youth. The backbone of DREAM is its volunteers which are needed for two programs this fall: 1) DREAM’s after-school tutoring program, TeamBuilders, is looking for volunteer tutors to work with middle-schoolers one afternoon a week, helping with homework, test preparation, remediation, and general enrichment. Tutors must make a commitment of one afternoon per week for a minimum of three months. Training will be provided. 2) College success mentors, a one year commitment to mentor a low-income student transitioning to college life. Communication for this commitment is mostly done by email and phone. If you are interested in helping an under-performing student succeed, please contact Susan J. Lorin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OZ’s Annual Coat Drive Begins November 1!
Help low income families and older adults in New York City by donating gently-used winter coats to OZ’s Annual Coat Drive. All coat sizes are needed. Adult-sized coats will be donated to the Educational Alliance for their older adult population through Project ORE, a program for vulnerable and isolated older adults. The rest of the coats will be donated to New York Cares or a similar program. Donations will be accepted from November 1 to December 16; collection bins will be located in OZ Basement.
Different Ways You Can Help the Hungry at NY Common Pantry
Did you know 1 in 5 New Yorkers is food insecure? We have three ways you can help:
1) Start your day off right and volunteer to help serve a hot breakfast at the NY Common Pantry, 8 East 109th Street on Tuesday, November 13, December 18, and/or January 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 am. Volunteers plate meals in the kitchen for 150 to 200 food insecure individuals. An OZ team did this in October and it was a great experience.
2) If the breakfast shift is too early for you, help with the packing and distribution of nutritious, fresh food pantry packages for families from 9 am to noon on Wednesday, November 7, December 5, and/or January 9.
Contact Lesley Palmer at email@example.com to sign up or ask questions.
Gleaning: Erev Thanksgiving and Erev Christmas
As in prior years, we need volunteers for Or Zarua’s annual holiday gleaning projects–packing and delivering food donated by Eli Zabar–for our neighbors in need. This year’s projects will take place on Erev Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21, and Erev Christmas, Monday, December 24.
Volunteers will pack up prepared foods, soups and baked goods at Eli’s, 80th Street/Third Avenue, and the Eli’s Essentials stores at 91st Street/Madison Avenue and at Whole Foods at Third Avenue and 88th Street. The exact hours will be confirmed soon. Donated food will be delivered by congregants to Ronald McDonald House on East 73rd Street (for families with children undergoing medical treatment), the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter residence on 81st Street, and the Salvation and Deliverance Church (on Marmion Avenue in the Bronx). Please contact Jeff Haberman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 917-697-1677 for information or to sign up.
Monday Night Pasta and Salad at NCS
OZ congregants serve hot food and good cheer at the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter’s East 81st Street Residence from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm on the last two Mondays of each month. Contact Jeffrey Haberman at email@example.com, for information.
Volunteer to Visit and Bring Cheer to Ill or Home-bound OZ Congregants
Volunteer to visit and bring cheer to ill or home-bound OZ Congregants. Contact Deborah Wenger: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-452-2310, ext 12.
Collections for the South Bronx Salvation and Deliverance Church
Pre-owned adult, and children’s clothing, toys, dolls, games, and related items can be put to good use by the many transitional homeless residents and families in the South Bronx. OZ partners with South Bronx Salvation and Deliverance Church, whose members are housekeepers caring for their own local needy. Contact Richard Stadin at 212-744-6697 or email@example.com to arrange for donations.