[yshavurah] Re: Social Action Project for the High Holidays

  • From: "Cheryl Levine" <clevineys@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Havurah Listserv" <yshavurah@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 20:15:38 -0400

Hi Again!
Wow, the Sierra Leone Project has been amazing!  We've got loads of stuff.  
I'll be inviting you all soon for a boxing up party ("Boxing and Bagels?") and 
would love for you all to come.  The kids especially need to get a lot of 
credit for their enthusiasm and good work.
Could everyone check their sites?  We need to get ready to make the final 
collection and remove the collection boxes.  Let me know if you need any 
help--you can drop the stuff off on our front porch.
Thanks again for the great work everyone is doing...and be thinking of the next 
social action project you'd like to participate in.
Hmmm, the possibilities...
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Cheryl Levine 
  To: Havurah Listserv 
  Cc: Randy Longenecker ; Deb Rothenberg ; Andrea Herman ; Fregeau, Morissa 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 8:45 PM
  Subject: [yshavurah] Social Action Project for the High Holidays

  Hi All,
  I've been thinking about a way to address these High Holidays in light of 
what's happening in the world, and I'm tired of feeling like there's nothing 
much I can do.  I wonder if you would be interested in a project that involves 
collecting clothes and school supplies for the children of Sierra Leone.  
Here's the information that pulled me in...I also like the idea of our Havurah 
children participating in Tikkun Olam by helping other children:

  Old Clothes, New Friends
  Clothing Drive for Children of Sierra Leone

  Sierra Leone is a country that does not receive much press coverage; however, 
the hardships and suffering of the people of Sierra Leone are very real.

  The children of Sierra Leone have borne the greatest abuse. During an 
eleven-year civil war from 1991 to 2002, they were subjected to brutal violence 
and recruited as military combatants. They lost parents, homes, schools and 
medical care. Some three thousand children still beg in the streets of Freetown 
naked, hungry and often missing limbs, victims of wanton cruelties. Faced with 
this knowledge, we must place ameliorating human suffering at the forefront of 
our collective consciousness.

  To this end, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism has partnered with 
Saving Needy Children and Arms Around Africa, two non-profit humanitarian 
organizations helping the people of Sierra Leone, to hold a Sierra Leone 
Clothing Drive during the summer months.  This is the first time that Saving 
Needy Children and Arms Around Africa have partnered with a Jewish 

  During the Holy Days, we read the famous charge from Isaiah: "Is not this the 
fast I look for: to unlock the shackles of injustice, to undo the fetters of 
bondage, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every cruel chain? Is it 
not to share your bread with the hungry and to bring the homeless poor into 
your house? When you see the naked, to clothe them, and never to hide yourself 
from your own kin?" Together, we affirm yet again the Jewish tradition of 
seeking justice and tikkun olam (repair of the world) and together we will do 
our part to give the children of Sierra Leone reason for hope of a better 


  For these High Holy Days, I'd like for us to place a box at Rockford Chapel 
that we can fill and send.  It may not be much, but it's something.  Maybe 
Antioch School would like to participate, or the Quaker community.  Maybe 

  If folks don't feel like doing this as a group, you can send a box of 
clothing directly from your home; we're asked to label it as follows: 

  The Religious Action Center's Sierra Leone Clothing Drive 
  c/o Saving Needy Children/Arms Around Africa
  Mission Center 5 Pleasant View Drive
  PO Box 2053 
  Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

  Items for collection include: shoes, t-shirts, shorts, underwear, socks, 
hats, head scarves, sports equipment, toys, and school supplies. They may new 
or gently used, and suitable for children of any age. All items will be 
delivered to orphanages and camps.

  For more information, see the website: http://www.rac.org/pubs/sl.html

  Thanks, Cheryl

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