About the Dor Hadash Social Action Committee
The Social Action Committee (SAC) of Dor Hadash seeks ways to inspire and mobilize the congregation to engage in acts that express the Jewish values of Tikkun Olam, the healing or repairing of the world.
We aspire to do this by embracing the Mitzvah “tzedek, tzedek tirdoff” צדק צדק תרדוף which means: “justice, justice you shall pursue (Deut. 16:20).” Justice and Compassion are both essential and at the heart of an understanding of Judaism.
The SAC has been involved in various projects over the years, some have focused on issues or needs that are primarily Jewish in nature, and others that were nonsectarian. We have sometimes focused our attention locally and at other times sought out causes to benefit those far afield. SAC initiatives have been of a fundraising nature as well as hands on. A large group of volunteers regularly helps the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry pack bags of food for home-bound seniors and stock their shelves.
The SAC is also always interested in participation by members of Dor Hadash. Planning and overview generally happens in monthly meetings. We encourage our members to take responsibility for activities they are particularly interested in and keep the committee abreast of developments. We need as many minds and hearts and hands as we can wrangle to make this a meaningful, energetic, and hopeful point of departure.
Commitments for a given activity are usually on a one time basis, although some SAC projects have a long “shelf life” and dedicated volunteers are essential to the program’s success. Notice of activities and requests for volunteers are sent out during weekly congregational emails, but if you want to be sure of seeing the notice, or would like to be a committee member, please contact Geoff Clauss at SocialAction@dorhadash.net.
Serving Dinner Monthly at EECM’s Men’s Emergency Shelter
As a member of EECM’s Council of Congregations, Dor Hadash has committed to prepare and serve dinner at EECM’s Men’s Emergency Shelter the 2nd Wednesday of each month (subject to Jewish holidays). Each month, the coordinators arrange for a small team to choose a menu, prepare, and serve the dinner.
This can be a great opportunity for families with children. Parents should use their own discretion for the age at which their children can benefit by participating. If you would like to volunteer to help in any way, please contact coordinators Allen Baum & Nancy Merenstein at ShelterDinner@dorhadash.net.
This year the EECM is opening a new building in East Liberty (near the Home Depot parking lot). The result will be many new programs and an increased need for volunteers. SAC is currently discussing making EECM a major beneficiary for the coming year and choosing one or two additional projects on which to focus our time and energy.
The Virtual “Corners of our Fields”
The book of Leviticus tells us to leave the corners of our fields for the poor and the stranger. We hope that you will consider the contemporary version of this ancient tradition for the High Holidays.
The Social Action Committee will be hosting a virtual food drive again this year. To make it easy for you and have a low environmental impact (no bags, envelopes, or cars), please use this link to go shopping at the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. If you have any questions, contact SocialAction@dorhadash.net.