Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, has many things planned for the holiday season.
— If you ordered latkes, they may be picked up beginning Wednesday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and during office hours Monday – Thursday, 10-4, Friday 10-2. Pick up must be by Wednesday, Dec. 17.
— This month they are collecting blankets and tarps for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.
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Coffee & Learn
This week’s Coffee & Learn, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. will feature Guest Speaker Rabbi Hesch Sommer, D.Min., Director of the Jewish Wellness and Healing Center, Jewish Family Service, Greater New Haven on the topic: “Genesis: Just a soap opera about a dysfunctional family?”
Hanukkah Haven Gift Drive
Last year the Shevis Family, with the help of Jewish Family Services started a Hanukkah gift drive, and successfully provided presents fro a number of Jewish children in the Greater New Haven area.
This year there are three times as many children to provide for.
If you are interested in helping to give these children a happier Hanukkah, contact the Shevis Family for the age and gender of a child.
For information about making a donation, contact [email protected]
Latkes & Magic
On Friday, Dec. 19, the menorah will be lit in the lobby at 7 p.m., followed by a brief Friday night service, and then the Oneg Shabbat, featuring a magic show, latkes and gelt.
Food Stamp Challenge
Or Shalom Social Action Committee members encourage all synagogue members to consider taking the Annual National Food Stamp Challenge.
The challenge originally was issued to lawmakers, urging them to consider whether they could survive on the policies and budgets they set for others. Each year the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) encourages individuals to participate in this program. Rabbis from all four denominations and community members across the country are taking the Food Stamp Challenge to help them better understand the impact of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.)
Each person should spend only $29.40 on food and beverages during the week. This is the average food stamp benefit. Although this amount is meant to supplement budgets, many times individuals living in poverty have little more available funds to spend on food.
During the Challenge, eat only food that you purchase for the project.
Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work, including at meetings or social events.
You can register at www.foodstampchallenge.com
People approved to receive SNAP benefits can only use their (credit) card for food which has exclusions, such as prepared foods, i.e. rotisserie chicken from the supermarket, and brewed coffee. The cards can be used in supermarkets and many other stores, including Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Aldi.