“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
Our Tzedek committee is dedicated to making our St. Louis community a better place for all. Just as we want shelter, food and education for ourselves, our Tzedek Committee works hard to provide those necessities to others in our community. We invite you to check out the opportunities to get involved! Feel free to contact the congregant listed with each agency or you may contact Debbie Bram at [email protected].
Shaare Emeth Tzedakah Recipient for April
Project Downtown Saint Louis’ mission is to provide essential services to homeless and impoverished segments of the St. Louis community. The organization has a fundamental belief that every person, regardless of their race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, criminal record, or life history deserves to have enough quality food, shelter, and support to become a healthy, productive, stable force for the sake of enhancing the quality of life in the communities in which they call “home.”
This quarter’s tzedakah donation will go to L.E.A.D (Leading, Educating, And Developing) Promising Youth. This organization inspires and empowers children from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue their education into college or a job training program. Students who live in some of St. Louis’ poorest neighborhoods, begin the program when they are approximately seven years old, and most of the children remain in the program until their high school graduation. L.E.A.D provides a safe place to enhance a child’s education, and provides mentors so that students grow into confident and productive members of our St. Louis community.
Visit their website here: leadpromisingyouth.org
Born out of the St. Louis Winter Outreach volunteer program, Assisi House provides food, shelter, transportation, security, and community to individuals facing homelessness. With their basic needs met, Assisi House clients are able to focus energy toward becoming independent and building a more secure future for themselves and their families. Currently, there are four Assisi House locations in St. Louis, with a fifth opening this winter. Our tzedakah box contributions to Assisi House will be allocated to the five shelter locations in the following categories…
-personal hygiene items
-food and other necessary supplies
The funds collected in our tzedakah box this quarter support the work of Memory Care Home Solutions.
The Memory Care Home Solutions mission is to extend and improve quality time at home for families caring for loved ones with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Lisa Baron, J.D., established Memory Care Home Solutions to bring a treatment, unique in the nation, to families at home caring for loved ones with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Congregation Shaare Emeth has two tzedakah boxes, one located in each of our lobbies. Money collected from these boxes go either to local social services agencies providing basic needs to the people of St. Louis or to organizations in Israel that promote Reform Jewish values–this month to the organization above! We collect tzedakah for each agency on a quarterly basis. If you would like to make a suggestion for a tzedakah recipient, please email Rabbi Andrea Goldstein.
What is it? St. Louis Bread Company donates its leftover baked goods to food pantries and shelters. We, at Congregation Shaare Emeth, are responsible for picking up leftovers at three different locations once a week. The leftovers are picked up from a specific location in the evening and delivered to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry the next day.
When does it happen? Currently, we pick up from Des Peres and Westport on Tuesday nights and from Four Seasons on Sundays–times differ between locations.
What is needed from me? Sign up to pick up leftovers and deliver them to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry.
Who do I contact for more information? Email Stefanie Greenberg
What is it? Our congregation has partnered with the International Institute of St. Louis to welcome New Americans. Volunteers can be trained to set-up new apartments, help orient new families in their apartments, teach them to ride the bus, use the bank, go to the grocery store, babysit children at the Institute while the parents are learning English and many more opportunities.
When does it happen? Various times based upon what you decide to do.
What is needed from me? A one-time orientation at the Institute for adults with a $10 payment for a police background check.
Who do I contact for more information? Email Stan Shanker or call him at 314-420-3600.
International Institute Summer Camp Volunteers Needed! We need you! Volunteer time or donate money to help provide new immigrant children at the International Institute of St. Louis a fun day camp experience this summer. Learn More on the Jewish Community Relations Council website or contact Stan Shanker by email or at 314-420-3600.
What is it? Congregation Shaare Emeth is part of the St. Louis Public School’s Faith Based Initiative to assist schools in St. Louis. Our congregation has tutors who work directly with the students at Oak Hill Elementary School. We provide school supplies and holiday gifts as well.
When does it happen? Weekdays based upon your own schedule.
What is needed from me? Fill out an application if you are interested in tutoring. Debbie Bram has the applications. If you would like to help provide supplies, you don’t need to fill out the application. Simply contact Lorry and let her know your interest.
Who do I contact for more information? Email Lorry Blath
What is it? Congregation Shaare Emeth cooks and serves dinner at Peter and Paul Church for the homeless men at the Church.
When does it happen? Approximately once a month on Sunday evenings. It is scheduled for the following 2018 dates:
What is needed from me? Congregants are asked to provide food and deliver it to Temple. A small group of congregants go down to the Church (near Soulard) to heat up the dinner and serve it as well.
Who do I contact for more information? Email Jen Houser
What is it? Congregation Shaare Emeth is a host on the first Monday of every month for Room at the Inn which provides immediate, temporary shelter to homeless women and families in the St. Louis region. In addition, Room at the Inn works with the clients to create an individualized plan back to self-sufficiency, including referrals to other human services agencies.
When does this happen? First Monday evening of every month to Tuesday morning
What is needed from me? Drivers to and from the Room at the Inn site in Maryland Heights to Temple. Cooks for dinner and breakfast. People to welcome the guests to Shaare Emeth as well as entertain the children.