The mission of the Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism shall be to enrich and strengthen the spiritual, cultural and social life of TSWRJ members, and to promote the education and welfare of the congregation and social justice for all. We play a vital role in fostering the well-being of the Temple Sinai community. Learn about volunteer opportunities that assure our success.
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Fund Drive for Capital Area Food Bank a Huge Success
Temple Sinai’s High Holy Day Fund Drive for the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), coordinated by the Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism, was an astounding success. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our Temple Sinai community, we raised $34,346 to help meet the needs of our neighbors facing food insecurity in these difficult times! Thank you for your support of this critically important cause.
Even before the pandemic, nearly 400,000 people in the greater DC area didn’t know where their next meal would come from. Today that number has increased by as much as 60% due to the impacts of the pandemic, affecting more than 200,000 additional people. In order to meet the huge demand, CAFB is providing emergency food boxes containing enough healthy food to feed a family of 4 for 4-5 days. Our collective donation provided over 1,700 boxes of food!
The emergency food boxes contain servings of fruit, vegetables, protein, dairy and grains. Families can pick up the boxes of food in a safe, contactless manner from CAFB’s nonprofit partners. Because their retail donations have declined by 75% due to the pandemic, CAFB has to purchase 4 times as much food as usual. Since the beginning of the pandemic they and their volunteers have packed over 100,000 boxes. They are currently packing 14,000 boxes a week. Our support will make a huge difference in the lives of so many families in our area.
2019-2020 In Review
TSWRJ’s varied and vibrant activities ranged from the always-popular Chanukah Mart to the Biennial Women’s Retreat and annual Authors’ Roundtable. In addition to leading Temple Sinai’s annual donation and food drive with the Capital Area Food Bank, TSWRJ coordinated the yearly dinner for NIH’s Children’s Inn. TSWRJ created a Temple-wide Reproductive Health and Rights initiative, including learning sessions, advocacy before the DC Council and the Supreme Court and training by the DC Abortion Practical Support Network. More recently, TSWRJ members created and supplied cloth masks for front-line health workers. TSWRJ engaged over 500 volunteers and participants for its activities in 2019-2020.
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