As we prepare for the High Holy Days, the Social Action Committee is planning upcoming events. As has become our custom, we will offer some type of welcoming at the first day of Rosh HaShanah. We feel very strongly that it is a time to welcome everyone in our community. We want everyone, members and guests, to feel welcomed, seen and heard. Please join us as we greet each other.

On Yom Kippur, we will also have conversations during the break between the morning and late afternoon service. Although we haven’t decided on the questions to be pondered, we want to use this time to engage our community in meaningful conversations. More details will follow.

During the last 2 months, we have been active at the Redwood Empire Food Bank, and the JFCS pantry. We had 2 volunteer days at the food bank and were pleased to have some of our younger members join us. We are never too young or too old to do a Mitzvah for those less fortunate than ourselves.

People have asked to have a more regular schedule for volunteering at the food bank. So, starting in September, we will pack produce the first Wednesday of every month from 10–noon. It is a wonderful activity, not too hard, but a way to do a mitzvah and get to know each other.
The dates are:
Wed. Sept 3rd
Wed. Oct. 1st
Wed. Nov. 5th
Wed. Dec. 3rd

Just call Elizabeth in the office 360-3000 or contact me at lylanathan5@gmail or Action women
The Soup Sisters have made a hearty minestrone soup that is available in the kitchen’s freezer. There are also small challahs to go with them. If you or anyone you know is in need of some TLC, just stop by the office or call and we will get it to you. We will be making more soup in the Fall. If anyone would like to help—and we always like help—please let us know.

Finally, we continue to support the JFCS, (Jewish Family and Children Services) During the High Holy Days there will be bins to collect food. Please consider bringing a few items or even a full bag. These will help stock the pantry at JFCS.
Items most needed are (no pork or high sodium foods please):

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Low fat cereal
  • tea bags
  • condiments
  • Hearty canned soup
  • Pasta
  • Canned fruit (low sugar)
  • Canned beans or stew

Wishing everyone a pleasant final few weeks of summer. Hope to see you all at Beth Ami during the next weeks.

Lyla Nathan and Ellen Mundel