Many Reform congregations, camps, youth groups and religious schools
have found creative ways to raise funds for Haiti relief. Check out how
others in our Movement are taking action:
Congregation and Project Elijah is helping victims in
Haiti by making and delivering 50,000 pre-packed meals. In one hour, 100
volunteers generated 16,000 nutritious vegetarian meals made from soy
pasta, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin/mineral flavoring mix.
Tikkun Olam Successes - NFTY Beards and Braids and Haiti Relief
Ladies were encouraged to grow their hair, and gents were asked to not shave in the weeks prior to the event. Through the handiwork of hairdresser to the stars (Rose Albright, Greene Family Camp), we collected over 160 inches of hair to send to Locks of Love, where hair pieces will be created for children with cancer.
At the great beard shave-off, over $400 was raised by NFTYites, and will be donated to the URJ's Disaster Relief Fund in supporting the efforts in Haiti.
Hamentaschen for Haiti Bake Sale Camp Harlam families are organizing "Hamentaschen for Haiti" bake sales at their synagogues and in their schools. This activity is a great ways to get kids of all ages to participate in tikkun olam through the planning, publicizing, baking, hosting and (hopefully) clean-up! Get creative with your recipes - try peanut butter & jelly or Reeses Peanut Butter Cup hamentaschen!). Contact Rabbi Vicki Tuckman for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healing Service for Haiti Temple Shaari Emeth of Manalapan, NJ is hosting a Healing Shabbat to raise funds for Haiti Disaster Relief and allow the own community voices to share their stories of devastation, resilience and hope. For more information, contact Joan Fischer, Social Action Co-Chair at email@example.com.
Providing Clean Water: Lifesaver Bottles and Jerrycans for Haiti The Lifesaver Bottle and Jerrycan provide safe drinking water with a few pumps of a handle. A miraculous, simple, inexpensive way to save lives. Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, CA is collecting online donations and will make sure the Bottles and Jerrycans are purchased, delivered by Israaid, and used by children in orphanages all over Haiti. Each Lifesaver Bottle is $134, each Jerrycan $199. Visit their website to learn more and donate.
Social Action Shabbat for Haiti Temple Emanuel of Davenport, Iowa sponsors 20 foreign exchange students to attend our local community college for two years from small villages in Central America, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The students were invited to join the congregation for a special Shabbat service that included several Spanish readings, special blessings for those injured, killed or orphaned in the Haiti earthquake; and Ladino music (sung by the congregation's cantor). The evening also provided an opportunity for the students and their program director to speak to the congregation. Funds were raised to allow students can receive some training by the Red Cross and utilize their training when they return to their home countries this summer.