Center For Community Engagement

Get Involved!

Do you believe every person has value? Are you driven to positively impact the world? Or perhaps you find yourself asking, “How can I help?” If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Volunteer your time. Donate to disaster relief. Support an affinity group. Or, stand up for those who may not have a voice.

However you choose to help, it all adds up to a big difference to the people in our community and beyond. Come together to make an impact in the lives of those around you by immersing yourself in one of our community engagement initiatives.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Enjoy the benefits of Community Supported Agriculture at the JCC. Invest in your share from Garden of Eve Farm in Riverhead and receive fresh, seasonal organic produce through November.
At Sid Jacobson JCC
Pick up every Wednesday
3-7pm
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Volunteer
Opportunities

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

GEMILUT CHASADIM: BESTOWING KINDNESS

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”
– Amelia Earhart

At the heart of Sid Jacobson JCC are our volunteers. Community members of all ages can volunteer time and skills to give back. In June 2018, we recognized our volunteers and celebrated 12,000 hours of service! We will help you find the volunteer opportunities that are right for you and match your busy schedule.

Interested in volunteering? Fill out our application!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

CRAFT FOR A CAUSE: KNITTING
Community members are welcome to join Knitzvah, to help knit and crochet 8 inch squares. Every square will be used to make lap blankets for individuals starting chemotherapy treatment at St. Francis Hospital. Instruction is available.
Tuesdays, 7-9pm

CRAFT FOR A CAUSE: CASE FOR SMILES SEWING
Ryan’s Case for Smiles helps with the stress and emotional impact of illness in the here and now by giving children an emotional boost with the whimsical pillowcases created. Join us as we sew, create and package pillowcases to give to children who are hospitalized. Instruction is available. An Andrea and Robert Fortunoff Art for Community Project.
Tuesdays, 7-9pm

QUILTING
Quilt placemats and table settings to help bring a feeling of home during lunch for those attending our specialized senior services. Instruction is available. An Andrea and Robert Fortunoff Art for Community Project.
Tuesdays, 7-9pm

HIGH HOLIDAY VOLUNTEER DRIVING
Help deliver holiday meals to Jewish families in need across Long Island and Queens.
Wednesday, September 5

9/11 SERVICE PROJECT
Participate in activities in honor of 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service.
Saturday, September 8
10:30am-12pm

ENGAGE JEWISH SERVICE CORPS COFFEE + CONVERSATION
Coffee + Conversation is time set aside for members of the Engage volunteer program – boomers and beyond – to meet and develop deep, meaningful bonds with like-minded members of the community while sharing volunteer experiences.
Thursday, September 20, 11am
Thursday, October 18, 11am
Thursday, November 15, 11am
Thursday, December 20, 11am
Thursday, January 17, 11am

SUPPORT OUR MILITARY FAMILIES COUPON CLIPPING CLUB
Drop off coupons, organize, and prepare for mailings to support our troops and military families.
Mondays, September 17, October 15, November 5, December 3, January 7.
3:30pm

FRIENDLY VISITING PROGRAM
Connects isolated seniors and volunteers to form mutually rewarding relationships. Weekly visits often include a cup of coffee, a game of cards, talk about daily news, exchange of stories, and more.

CARING CALLS
Call a homebound senior and brighten their day with friendly conversation.

VIRTUAL SENIOR CENTER
Help decrease social isolation for seniors in the community by facilitating a class using Google chat technology. Classes can be led from the JCC or your home/office.

COMMUNITY THEATRE
Love the theatre but prefer to work behind the scenes? Volunteer positions are available for adults and teens.

SPECIAL NEEDS
Volunteer to work with children, teens and adults in our after-school programs or as a job coach in the JCC’s Vocational Training and Employment Center (VTEC).

CAREER SERVICES
Lead workshops on topics such as resume writing, career development and skill-building.

COLLECTION DRIVES
We pride ourselves on trying to provide assistance to our community partners throughout the year. Please refer to the Collection Drive calendar tab below when dropping off your donations. For additional places you can donate items to, please visit our Local Resources tab below.

Communities
In Need

COMMUNITIES IN NEED

TIKKUN OLAM: REPAIRING THE WORLD

“How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment to start to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank

Rooted in our mission is the understanding of our Jewish identity, the appreciation of human diversity and a commitment to tikkun olam, repairing the world. Below is a list of disaster relief efforts we are holding and a list of resources in order to help communities in need.

All Hands Volunteer
IsraAID
Nechama, Jewish Response to Disaster
The Jewish Federation of North America
UJA Federation

HURRICANE MARIA RELIEF
Puerto Rico was still recovering from Hurricane Irma when it was decimated by Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit the island in nearly 100 years. Almost all of the region’s 3.4 million U.S. residents are without power and essentials such as clean water. Their Governor, Ricardo Rosselló, said the island is on the brink of a “humanitarian crisis” and the devastation has been described as “apocalyptic.”

Below is a list, in formation, of resources for ways you can help:
All Hands Volunteers
Feeding America
Habitat for Humanity, Puerto Rico
JCC of Puerto Rico
Jewish Funders Network
One America Appeal
Salvation Army
UJA-Federation of New York Disaster Relief
UNICEF
United Way

For additional ways you can help those affected by the devastation in Puerto Rico, please click here.


RESOURCES

For a list of local organizations and food pantries, please visit our Local Resources tab below.

Social
Responsibility

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

RODEF TZEDEK: PURSUING JUSTICE

“Darkness can’t drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate can’t drive out hate, only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

As a way to help support those looking to connect, engage and take action on the issues that face many communities across the world, including our own, Sid Jacobson JCC has compiled a list of organizations dedicated to the education of constructive social engagement and social responsibility.

ACLU:  FAQ on Your Right to Protest
AJWS Get Involved Page
Anti-Defamation League
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
HIAS Action Page
HIAS Current Action Alert
Leadership Conference: Tips on Calling Your Member of Congress
National Council of Jewish Women’s Action Alerts
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Tablet’s Jewish Groups Across the Spectrum

Recently, our country has faced a wave of troubling times and acts of hate. In an age where facts and truth are assaulted and moral equivalence overrides right from wrong, we, along with 50 synagogues and JCCs across Long Island, united to sign a collective statement that hate has no home on our Island, or around the world.
Our Collective Statement Against Hate

JCRC’s New Yorkers United Against Hate Statement

HELP REMOVE HOLOCAUST DENIAL PAGES FROM FACEBOOK

[Holocaust denial is] “a willful, deliberate and longstanding deception tactic by anti-Semites that is incontrovertibly hateful, hurtful, and threatening to Jews. Facebook has a moral and ethical obligation not to allow its dissemination.” – ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt

Sid Jacobson JCC is disseminating the Change.org petition created by the Holocaust Learning and Education Fund, Inc ( HLEF), Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect and the Association of Holocaust Organizations, demanding the removal of Holocaust Denial Pages from Facebook. Given Facebook’s recent decision to eliminate Russian bots, fake news intended to encourage violence, and pages that disseminate falsehoods, we cannot accept the comment of CEO Mark Zuckerberg who was quoted as saying “there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened. I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong.” (for the full story, visit here.) We, at Sid Jacobson JCC, like Jews and Jewish organizations all over the world, know that Holocaust deniers are intentional in their deception.

Please take the time to review this issue and read the article penned by Deborah Lipstadt, who successfully defeated Holocaust denier David Irving in a trial that was turned into the well-regarded film, ‘Denial’. Watch the video created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to understand the relevance of Holocaust denial, and the video created by the Claims Conference to hear the pleads of Holocaust survivors. Then, if you are inclined, please add your name to the thousands of people who have already added their names to the petition.

Thank you for your review and your participation.


GROUPS

Wish to mobilize an affinity group? Contact Susan Berman

Sid Jacobson JCC is not affiliated with, nor have we organized or administered these programs, unless otherwise stated, and do not take credit or responsibility for the content published therein.  

We The
People

WE THE PEOPLE

LIMMUD: EDUCATION

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Our goal is to educate, engage and enlighten the community. We’re in this together.

Our newest initiative, We The People, unites great minds in and around the community to engage in meaningful dialogue about pressing issues facing us, and our world, today. Here, you have a voice, free from judgment. Here, we discuss the issues on our minds at the local and broader level through advocacy trainings, issue-based education and civic connection opportunities while meeting our mission to seek out balanced solutions.

The goal: to effect change that will result in a better life for all.


ARE YOU READY TO VOTE IN THE NEW YORK PRIMARY ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13?

  • SUNDAY, AUGUST 19th – Deadline to register in time for the Primary Election.
  • FRIDAY, AUGUST 24th – Deadline to change address.
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th – Deadline to apply by mail for an absentee ballot.
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th – Deadline to mail absentee ballot.
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th – ELECTION DAY – On a Thursday this year!

REMEMBER TO MAKE A VOTING PLAN! 

Check your voter registration, party membership, and polling location at  https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov

Come by Sid Jacobson and pick up your absentee ballot.

Remind your family and friends to come out at vote!

 


THE YOUNGER-ONSET ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE PARITY ACT

On Monday, July 30, 2018, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced the introduction of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Parity Act, which would amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA) to serve individuals who are under the age of 60 years-old but living with Young Onset Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative diseases. Approximately 250,000 Americans in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s. As a result of the current law, this population and their caregivers do not have access to the vital OAA programs and services placing a significant financial strain on these young families.

Take action!

  • Write, call, and visit your representatives to ensure these deserving young families have access to affordable support services like those offered under the OAA.
  • Impact our participants today! You can help our affected families by making a donation, in any amount,  directly to Sid Jacobson JCC.

If you or someone you know is affected by Young Onset Alzheimer’s and are in need of services, please visit Specialized Adult + Senior Services.


GUN CONTROL RESOURCES

Rabbis Against Gun Violence

Religious Action Center’s Gun Violence Prevention

Reform Judaism’s Jewish Resources for Coping with Florida Shooting

Everytown for Gun Safety

Our licensed social workers are here to offer support. For more information, contact Michelle Laser, LCSW, Director of Social Services, 516-484-1545 ext. 200, mlaser@sjjcc.org


Congregation Tifereth Israel’s Reflections on Parkland Shootings


FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER

DONATE (list in formation)

  • RAICES the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas. For their fundraising drives click here.
  • LEAF Project (Legal Representation, Education, and Advocacy), provides legal representation to unaccompanied minors (and those reclassified as unaccompanied after being separated from their parents at the border) For more information, click here.
  • #FREEourfamilies Family Reunification Bond Fund, provides funds to pay for detainees’ bond (which starts at $1,500 a person) so that they can be reunited quickly with their families. For more information, click here.
  • Evelyn Rubenstein JCC in Houston  order from Amazon and have the items delivered to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, 1721 Beaumont Ave., McAllen, TX 78501.
  • HIAS
  • NYLAG
  • Mercy First, since 1894, MercyFirst has been providing care for children and families in need. Immigrant children separated from their families are currently being on Long Island at MercyFirst in Syosset. MercyFirst is a not-for-profit human service agency serving more than 3,200 children, teenagers and families each year in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Founded as an orphanage in the late 1800s by the Sisters of Mercy (Angel Guardian Home in Brooklyn and St. Mary’s of the Angels Home in Syosset) today MercyFirst offers a continuum of care through its network of programs in New York City and on Long Island.

To find your representative, click here.

JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF NEW YORK’S SEPARATED FAMILIES RESOURCES
Local non-profit organizations that are currently caring for children placed in the New York City Area include:

Local organizations providing legal and social service support to children placed in the New York City Area include:


Know of an event? Contact Jaime Krinsky to submit the listing

Sid Jacobson JCC is not affiliated with, nor have we organized or administered these programs, unless otherwise stated, and do not take credit or responsibility for the content published therein.  

UJA-Federation
of New York

UJA- FEDERATION OF NEW YORK

KOL YISRAEL AREIVIM ZEH BAZEH: ALL ISRAEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ONE ANOTHER

“The degree to which one is sensitive to other people’s suffering, to other (people’s) humanity, is the index of one’s own humanity.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel

UJA is the world’s leading local philanthropy. They solve problems through collective action, bringing people and nonprofits together to impact the issues that matter most to us as Jews and New Yorkers. That’s how we change the lives of 4.5 million people a year.

TIME FOR GOOD

Join thousands of New Yorkers as we gather to serve communities all across New York. We’ll be volunteering on projects that address vital community needs.

Sign up on UJA’s new volunteer platform, Time for Good, New York’s go-to place for volunteerism. You can find all of Sid Jacobson JCC’s volunteer opportunities here.


ENGAGE

UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Jewish Service Corps is for boomers and beyond to use their skills to help those in need. Whether you are retired, an empty nester or transitioning to a new stage of life, we invite you to become part of this inspiring cohort. In addition to volunteerism, being a part of Engage gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded community members.

Sid Jacobson JCC, as  lead agency for Engage Jewish Service Corps on Long Island and Queens, collaborates with Marion & Aaron Gural JCC, Mid-Island Y JCC, Friedberg JCC and Samuel Field Y.

If you would like to join Engage Jewish Service Corps for volunteer and community building opportunities at Sid Jacobson JCC and/or in the local community, please fill out our online application here.


COFFEE + CONVERSATION

Join us for Coffee + Conversation to meet and mingle with other members of the Engage community. Free to Engage community but please let us know you are coming by emailing Susan Berman, sberman@sjjcc.org
At Sid Jacobson JCC
Second week of the month, please contact Susan Berman, 516-484-1545 ext. 202, sberman@sjjcc.org for dates
11am-12pm


THE YOUNGER-ONSET ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE PARITY ACT

On Monday, July 30, 2018, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced the introduction of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Parity Act, which would amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA) to serve individuals who are under the age of 60 years-old but living with Young Onset Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative diseases. Approximately 250,000 Americans in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s. As a result of the current law, this population and their caregivers do not have access to the vital OAA programs and services placing a significant financial strain on these young families.

Take action!
• Write, call, and visit your representatives to ensure these deserving young families have access to affordable support services like those offered under the OAA.
• Impact our participants today! You can help our affected families by making a donation, in any amount,  directly to Sid Jacobson JCC.

If you or someone you know is affected by Young Onset Alzheimer’s and are in need of services, please visit Specialized Adult + Senior Services.

Looking for more information about our volunteer programs?

Susan Berman, Director of Community Engagement, 516-484-1545 ext. 202, sberman@sjjcc.org

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