The artwork on this note card was featured on the cover of the 5776/2015-16 WRJ Art Calendar, created by Helaine Bach for the WRJ/NFTY Art Contest.
Outreach to Seniors: Temple Shaaray Tefila's in New York, NY, Kesher Program is an outreach effort serving 120 Jewish seniors as well as engaging hundreds of synagogue volunteers. Before Friday evening Shabbat services, volunteers set up tables on which donated goods are set out. After services, volunteers take a shopping bag and move down the rows of tables, packing the bags in assembly-line fashion. Cards made by students from the religious school are tied onto the bags with ribbon. The bags are then delivered by volunteers to seniors in the neighborhood. The Kesher Program also runs a Caregivers Support Group for people caring for an aging or ill spouse or parent as well as a monthly bereavement group.
Take a Senior Citizen to the Polls: During an election year, Sukkot is a good time to focus energy for Get Out the Vote initiatives. There is a large constituency of homebound, sight-impaired, hearing-impaired and wheelchair-bound individuals who would gladly participate in the voting process if only it were made easier for them. Special arrangements may include rides to the polling place, changing individuals' polling locations to those that are more accessible, arranging for senior residences to become polling places, and curbside registration and/or voting.
Additional programs can be found in the Social Action Program Bank.