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Social Action

At the heart of our social action work is a commitment to bring into practice the core social justice values of Judaism and to pursue tikkun olam — 'repairing the world'— through individual and group action.

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Social Action in a Time of Social Distancing

As chair of the Social Action Committee, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during these exceptional times. I'm writing to follow up on last week's Social Action email with ways to help and get help if you need it. 

If you are healthy and low risk, there are several organizations that need volunteers to help feed people in need. All of these organizations and efforts need funds as much or more than volunteers. 

1. Volunteer with Zweli's packing meals for McDougald Terrace residents still evacuated to hotels. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084aa4a622a0fc1-volunteer (Ways to make a financial contribution to support this effort are included in the link). (This activity is taking place tomorrow thru April 3. The number of slots is limited to ensure proper distancing, but it means we can really use healthy volunteers).

2. Volunteer, Donate or Get Help with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC https://foodbankcenc.org/food-bank-covid-19-preparedness/

3. Donate to or Volunteer with DPS (Durham Public Schools) Foundation <https://www.bullcityschools.org/>

4. Donate to or Volunteer with Urban Ministries of Durham <https://www.umdurham.org/> - continues to providing housing and meals for homeless and people in need (and we are continuing to provide and serve dinner this Sunday and presumably the fourth Sunday of months to come).

  • Funds are essential for Urban Ministries to continue its work.

  • Judea Reform, along with Beth El and other members of the Jewish Community made and served dinner for over 200 people last Sunday. If you are able to contribute ingredients or make a tuna casserole for the April dinner (after Passover), please contact Judy Holland <judyedholland@gmail.com>.

    5. Support the Immigrant Solidarity Fund, administered by our partner CWS-Durham. https://cwsrdu.org/vff/

    6. Feed your family and others through Love and Nourish's online giving and ordering portal where you can order a delicious meal for your family AND help serve meals to families and seniors in need. 

    7. Both Chapel Hill and Durham's CROP Walks were "virtualized" by the pandemic.  Chapel Hill/Carrboro’s is March 30. Durham’s is April 5. Click on the links for details. - and consider supporting Team Judea via this link

    We hope to "see" you at an online service or sing-a-long soon!
    Wishing you good health,
    Marian - for the social action committee

Upcoming Events

SundaySun, 5 AprApril, 2020

"Immigrant Detention & Deportation" panel

Sunday, Apr 5th 2:00p to 4:00pJRC's Refugee and Immigrant Justice Committee present a panel discussion with Amilcar Valencia, Pastor Edgar Vegara, and La Semilla community members affected by detention.

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ThursdayThu, 16 AprApril, 2020

Habitat For Humanity - Build in Durham

Thursday, Apr 16th 12:30p to 3:30pJoin Judea's handy and happy crew helping to build homes for lower-income folks in Durham. JRC works with Durham Habitat on the 3rd Thursday of each month and welcomes new builders and folks interested in direct service for affordable housing. Questions? Please email Lloyd lkcomstock21@gmail.com.

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ThursdayThu, 16 AprApril, 2020

Durham CAN Mtg (offsite)

Thursday, Apr 16th 6:00p to 8:00pJoin JRC members at a Durham CAN monthly Metro Council Meeting for a great opportunity to see who CAN is and how we all work together in community. To RSVP and join other congregants representing Judea Reform, contact Judea's liaison Sonia Laurie sonia.laurie@gmail.com for questions, location, carpooling, and action items. Durham CAN (Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods) is a broad-based, non-profit organization that works to coalesce, train, and organize communities in Durham across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and geographic lines for the public good. https://www.durhamcan.org/

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SundaySun, 19 AprApril, 2020

Social Action Sundays: Casserole Cooking

Sunday, Apr 19th 9:00a to 12:00pJoin us for Social Action Sundays (SAS) every month at JRC to make casseroles to be donated to Urban Ministries of Durham.

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SundaySun, 19 AprApril, 2020

Social Action Sundays: Knitting Blankets for Project Linus

Sunday, Apr 19th 9:30a to 11:00aJoin us for Social Action Sundays (SAS) every month at JRC to knit blankets for Project Linus.

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SundaySun, 3 MayMay, 2020

Social Action Sundays: Knitting Blankets for Project Linus

Sunday, May 3rd 9:30a to 11:00aJoin us for Social Action Sundays (SAS) every month at JRC to knit blankets for Project Linus.

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SundaySun, 3 MayMay, 2020

Social Action Sundays: Casserole Cooking

Sunday, May 3rd 9:30a to 11:00aJoin us for Social Action Sundays (SAS) every month at JRC to make casseroles to be donated to Urban Ministries of Durham.

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WednesdayWed, 13 MayMay, 2020

SAC Meeting

Wednesday, May 13th 7:00p to 8:30pSocial Action Committee (SAC) monthly planning meeting for social justice, direct service, education, and advocacy projects. Join JRC members on mitzvah projects and tikkum olam/repairing the world. Contact SAC Chair, Marian Abernathy, marian.abernathy@gmail.com for more information.

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ThursdayThu, 14 MayMay, 2020

Habitat For Humanity - Build in Durham

Thursday, May 14th 12:30p to 3:30pJoin Judea's handy and happy crew helping to build homes for lower-income folks in Durham. JRC works with Durham Habitat on the 3rd Thursday of each month and welcomes new builders and folks interested in direct service for affordable housing. Questions? Please email Lloyd lkcomstock21@gmail.com.

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ThursdayThu, 21 MayMay, 2020

Durham CAN Mtg (offsite)

Thursday, May 21st 6:00p to 8:00pJoin JRC members at a Durham CAN monthly Metro Council Meeting for a great opportunity to see who CAN is and how we all work together in community. To RSVP and join other congregants representing Judea Reform, contact Judea's liaison Sonia Laurie sonia.laurie@gmail.com for questions, location, carpooling, and action items. Durham CAN (Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods) is a broad-based, non-profit organization that works to coalesce, train, and organize communities in Durham across religious, racial, ethnic, class, and geographic lines for the public good. https://www.durhamcan.org/

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