“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: ArcCity Defenders
This month’s Tzedakah Box donations will go to St. Louis’s own ArchCity Defenders, a holistic legal advocacy organization that combats the criminalization of poverty and state violence, especially in communities of color. ACD’s foundation of civil and criminal legal representation, social services, impact litigation, policy and media advocacy and community collaboration achieves and inspires justice and equitable outcomes for people throughout the St. Louis region and beyond.
To donate, click HERE.
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.
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.
ROOM AT THE INN NEEDS OUR HELP!
Together we are making a difference.
Take a moment and look at the needs we can help fulfill for Room at the Inn. If you are interested in helping with sorting, driving, administrative work, or one of the nights at the Inn, please contact Cindy Warren, Volunteer Coordinator at 314-209-9181.
FEBRUARY BIG NEED: INNKEEPERS AND MEALS FOR DATES WE DON’T HAVE A NIGHT SITE SCHEDULED AND HAVE TO STAY AT ROOM.
DATES WE NEED FILLED:
Tues, Feb 25 – 10 clients
Sat, Feb 29 – 20 clients