April 25, 2014   25 Nisan 5774
Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY
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SOCIAL ACTION FORUM YOM KIPPPUR 2013

During the annual Social Action Forum on Yom Kip-pur afternoon, we discussed Immigration Reform legis-lation in Congress. Participating in the program were Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman, Howard Katzman, Carolyn Kubitschek and Jeff Stein. Many thanks to all the presenters. Our conclusion is that the US Senate has passed a good immigration reform bill, S 744, but the matter is tied up in the House of Representatives.

Since most of the NY House delegation supports the Senate Bill, we strongly recommend that members of our congregation should consider participating in programs to assist applicants with immigration ques-tions and applications. We have identified such a pro-gram in the City University of New York's CUNY CITIZENSHIP NOW Volunteer Corps. This excel-lent effort is supported by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). CUNY CITIZEN-SHIP NOW trains volunteers to provide counseling and other needed immigration law assistance to a wide population of immigrants. For additional infor-mation on the web, please Google “ CUNY Citizen-ship Now. “ To apply for training for the Volunteer Corps, contact Stina Rosenquist at 646 652 7339 or call Zeva Roschko at 718 783 7232.

 

UNION TEMPLE'S SOCIAL ADVOCACY EFFORTS

The Social Action Committee of Union Temple coor-dinates its work with the Reform Movement's Reli-gious Action Center in Washington and with the Re-form Jewish Voice of New York State. We urge you to check their websites regularly for information about priority issues and suggestions on how you can partici-pate in advancing reform Jewish values and positions nationally and locally. (You can find URJ Religious Action Center at rac.org and Reform Jewish Voice of NYS at rjvnys.org and ask to be put on their email contact list). Current priority issues include gun vio-lence, poverty, LGBT equality, immigration and repro-ductive rights.

Each year the RJV of NYS conducts an advocacy day in Albany on the first Monday in May , at which Rabbi Goodman and congregants travel to Albany to visit with legislators and their staff to advocate for progressive social and economic policies on the state level. For the past two years Patrika and Howard Katzman have joined Rabbi Goodman on the trip to Albany and together with Reform Jewish clergy and congregants from all over N Y State to give voice to our movement's advocacy goals in the State Capitol. So mark your calendars for May 5, 2014

 

ANNUAL PRE-THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE

Every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Un-ion Temple volunteers gather at Key Food on Seventh Avenue from 10 AM to 2 PM to ask Key Food cus-tomers for food donations. Our efforts are coordi-nated by Jane Becker Field, Andy Mirer and Beth Kurfirst. To add to the spirit of the occasion, children and parents from our Religious School take part. Please respond the Social Action Committee's Email request and help make this day a success. Our friends and neighbors at the CHIPS Food Kitchen are very grateful for our help.

 

-Marvin Lieberman and Zeva Roschko, Co-Chairs

Social Action Committee  

Social Action is a central part of Union Temple's mission in pursuing Tikkun Olam, the reparation of our world. Our committee coordinates a variety of projects to help the community, organizes educational and advocacy programs, and works to involve all members of the Union Temple community in our efforts. We also work with local and national organizations.

o We have an ongoing drive for food which is donated to CHIPS, a local meal provider for the needy.

o We coordinate volunteers at the Hebrew Union College soup kitchen.

o We have joined hands with Project Hope, a community social service agency which trains people to become employable and self-sufficient to collect clothing to wear on job interviews. We also volunteer our expertise to help the clients with educational, legal, psychological and social service issues.

o  We support the work of MAZON, A Jewish Response to Hunger, with a suggested "3% against hunger" contribution, a small part of the cost of food for celebrations at the Temple.  MAZON funds programs such as food banks and Meals on Wheels as well as organizations that advocate to end the root causes of hunger in the United States and abroad.

 

o We run a yearly blood drive in conjunction with Methodist Hospital.

These activities tend to ameliorate, but do not attack, the root causes of poverty and illness. Therefore, we also present educational forums on topical issues, advocacy programs to raise awareness about current social justice issues, and follow up with letter writing campaigns and lobbying visits to local legislators.

Building Betterment Budget Backed: Banners, Buds, Bulbs & Better Bulletin Board!  

No doubt you have already noticed the improvement in the building’s appearance in the last few months. Brass has been polished, UT Beautifaction Posterfloors have been cleaned, walls and ceilings have been painted, light fixtures have been restored, a new space for notices has appeared, and the lobby’s transom windows let light in! John Golomb, Winston and Patrick have been hard at work at all these things as well as other, less visible improvements.

There is more to come.

The Beautification Committee’s budget for immediate exterior improvements has been approved and plans are well underway. What will be happening?

Inside sources report that the following is in store for the lower facade of the Union Temple building this Spring.

· Cleaning the lower stone portion of the building facade.

· Installing banners on either side of the center windows.

· Installing light fixtures to replace the missing originals.

· Placing two planters between the main front doors.

· Placing new signage in the bulletin board case.

This picture gives an idea of what the building front will look like when the work is complete. The specific additions are illustrative only!!!

The goal is an entrance that reflects the life and energy that is going on inside the building. These improvements are only the beginning. Many more projects are coming up, including the new entrance and office space.

-The Beautification Committee

The Rally to Save Darfur  

Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman

Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman

The Rally to Save Darfur: Members of Union Temple and Friends

Members of Union Temple and Friends

 

On the Mall in Washington DC
The Rally to Save Darfur: On the Mall

 

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