JRA will gather for a Passover Distribution and Good Deeds Day event on April 2nd! Good Deeds Day is a global day of service, in which millions of people volunteer to benefit others and our planet. Join the movement - contact JRA: https://www.jewishrelief.org/philadelphia.html
JRA Philadelphia is the largest provider of food assistance to Jewish families in need in the Greater Philadelphia region and is the third largest direct-service food pantry in the area. The monthly food distributions, which began in 2000, now assist over 3,000 low income households each month. Here is the Food Distribution Schedule
Box Making/Produce Packing:
8:30 - 10:00 AM
Tiny Tots (6 and Under): 8:30 - 9:30 AM
All ages: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Food Delivery: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
The Federation of Jewish Men's Club's mission is to involve Jewish Men in Jewish Life by building and strengthening Men's Clubs in the Conservative/Masorti Movement.
They accomplish this mission by:
Leadership-mentoring leaders at the club, region and international level,
Innovation-developing programming that better connects people of all ages to the Jewish community,
Community-forming meaningful long-lasting relationships based on camaraderie, common interests and core values.
FJMC, a partnership of over 250 affiliated clubs with more than 20,000 members across North America and around the world, brings value and adds meaning to the lives of men and their families. Through the programming and the broad dissemination of the creative programming developed by clubs, they touch hundreds of thousands of people each year.
FJMC Keruv Program
The FJMC Keruv initiative is based on a lay/professional partnership that began in 2001. Since then, FJMC has brought together groups of rabbis to learn and to think about the issues that are occurring in their communities and within their member families. With the help of academics who study the dynamics of intermarriage, rabbis are challenged to examine how they respond to synagogue members and their children when intermarriages occur.
HIOC - Hunterdon Interfaith Outreach Council
HIOC came into being in response to the need for a dental clinic for Hunterdon County residents who were uninsured or on Medicaid. Some forty clergy and lay people met at the Hunterdon Medical Center to bring communities of faith together in seeking funding. Fortunately, funding was obtained through the efforts of Congressman Leonard Lance.
The desire for a council responding to County residents' increasing needs remained. A board was formed, and application to the IRS for 501C3 status was submitted. Finally, in September of 2010, HIOC was granted non-profit status, with the ability to accept tax deductible donations.
With the creation of a website in 2011, the Board determined it would be timely and within HIOC's capability to assist Interfaith Hospitality Network (Family Promise) in securing the necessary funds for utility assistance for its clients in 2012.
HIOC continues to seek community-wide support in assisting deserving agencies in the community. All funds collected are exclusively for Hunterdon County residents, and go directly to recognized agencies whose clients have been screened by social services. HIOC is all-volunteer, with very few overhead costs.
Open R.O.A.D. (Religious Organizations Accepting Disabilities)
In 1999, an occupational therapist, Robert Leith, and Rabbi Evan Jaffe from the FJCC founded Open R.O.A.D. At the time, both were involved in the disability community and were frustrated by what they saw as the slow pace of community integration for those with disabilities, particularly when it came to attendance at religious services. The mission was simple: to bring people with disabilities of all kinds to houses of worship of their choice for religious services and social activities on a regular basis.
There are numerous studies that suggest the quality of life for the sick, elderly and disabled can be enhanced by regular attendance at religious services. From anecdotal evidence, Open R.O.A.D.’s consumers consider an opportunity to go to the church or synagogue of their choice a great gift. Many have had a long history ⎯ one consumer was baptized in her church 93 years ago ⎯ and appreciate the chance to have regular contact with their community and with G-d.
Open R.O.A.D. is an interfaith organization and works to serve those residing in institutions, group homes, assisted living facilities, elderly who are homebound, clients who are both ambulatory and non-ambulatory. They are engaged in an ongoing effort to identify clients in New Jersey who wish to go to religious services. The most successful mode of communication has been word of mouth and contracts with service providers.
What is most innovative about Open R.O.A.D.? They have found ways to use existing, under-utilized resources to achieve their goals. The organization is not bound by, or wedded to, any particular method or approach. In Bergen County, for example, Open R.O.A.D. entered into a written agreement to use vehicles which are idle on Sundays to transport consumers. They are paid an hourly rate for their services. Issues of liability are eliminated as both drivers and vehicles are insured by the County, and the vehicles can transport both ambulatory individuals and those in wheelchairs, as well as staff, if necessary. Those agreements can be used as models for other counties, with modifications if necessary. The key is to know that the vehicles are there, operational and often unused on Saturdays and Sundays.
Open R.O.A.D. knows that there are consumers who would like to go to religious services. They are committed to finding ways to put together consumers and transportation services in extremely cost effective ways to the enormous benefit of elderly and disabled populations.
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