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.

Volunteering +
Collections

VOLUNTEERING + COLLECTIONS

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 2017, we recognized our volunteers and celebrated 19,000 hours of service! We will help you find the volunteer opportunities that are right for you and match your busy schedule.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

KNITTING FOR A CAUSE
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

SEWING
Join us as we sew, create and package whimsical pillowcase gifts to give to children who are hospitalized an emotional boost. 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

FRIENDLY VISITS
Spend an hour a week visiting an isolated senior. Play cards, have a cup of tea or just make conversation to help brighten their day.

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 following Donations and Drives Calendar when dropping off your donations. For additional places you can donate items to, please visit our Local Resources tab below.


ONGOING DRIVES

YARN
For our Knitting for a Cause program, 8×8 inch squares are made into lap blankets for the infusion center of The Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital.

iPODS
We are collecting iPods, headphones, chargers, power adapters (white box) and Apple/iTunes gift cards for our Music and Memory program. This evidence-based program will provide customized music therapy for individuals who attend our adult day programs through the use of personalized iPods.


MONTHLY COLLECTION DRIVES

FEBRUARY
Paper goods to benefit local shelters

MARCH
New and gently used towels and toiletries to benefit The INN

APRIL
New and gently worn prom and dressy dresses to benefit Prom Boutique and Gemach

MAY
Baby food, wipes and Diapers to benefit MOMMAS House and other parenting women’s shelters

JUNE
Knitting yarn to benefit Knitting for a Cause

JULY
Magazines to benefit Northwell Health and yarn to benefit Knitzvah

AUGUST
New school supplies to benefit local school districts

SEPTEMBER
New and gently worn winter coats for UJA-Federation of New York’s 10 Days of Awesome Coat Drive

OCTOBER
Marathon Medals to benefit Medals 4 Mettle – 5 K
New and gently worn shoes to benefit veterans

NOVEMBER
New socks, t-shirts and underwear for local veterans

DECEMBER
New toys to benefit The INN

JANUARY
New and gently used books to benefit Book Fairies

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.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
In a single week, a series of deadly and destructive wildfires reduced entire neighborhoods in California’s wine country to ash and scorched metal. The statistics are staggering: approximately 11,000 firefighters have been battling the flames across 220,000 acres of land in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocini counties. 5,700 structures (homes and businesses) have been demolished. Thousands are homeless, dozens have perished, and many are missing. As residents begin to take the first steps toward rebuilding their lives, there are many organizations you can connect with.

Below is a list, in formation, of resources for ways you can help:
Direct Relief
Humane Society of Napa County & SPC
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund
Sonoma County Resilience Fund
United Way of Wine County


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.


HURRICANE HARVEY + IRMA RELIEF
In the wake of the devastation Hurricanes Harvey and Irma created for the residents of Houston and Florida,  your support is needed more than ever. You can help in the following ways:

Below is a list, in formation, of resources for ways you can help:
JFNA’s National Young Leadership Cabinet Amazon Wishlist
All Hands Volunteer

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
Greater Houston Community Foundation
IsraAID
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
Nechama, Jewish Response to Disaster
The Jewish Federation of North America
UJA Federation is providing $500,000 (increasing an initial grant of $100,000) to support both short- and long-term needs.

For additional ways you can help those affected by the devastating flooding in Texas and Florida, please click here.

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.  


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


UNITED WAY’S PROJECT WARMTH EMERGENCY HEATING ASSISTANCE
Are you behind on your utility payments? Do yo have to choose between heating your home or eating? Is your oil tank low or empty? Have you recently received a disconnection notice? Project Warmth is a United Way of Long Island emergency assistance program to help families and individuals with energy emergencies. It provides one-time assistance for fuel and fuel related electricity.  The program period opened in December 2017 and is available until funds are exhausted.  A customer may use a Project Warmth heating grant to pay for any fuel source: oil, gas or electric, propane, kerosene, coal, wood and an electric bill if electricity is needed to operate the heating source.

For more information, call United Way of Long Island’s Information and Referral Center, 1-888-774-7633 or visit 211longisland.com and search for keyword Project Warmth.


GROUPS
Wish to mobilize an affinity group? Contact Rabbi Lina Zerbarini or 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.


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


EVENTS
DO NOT STAND IDLY BY
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher’s father, Lester Mosbacher, was shot dead in a petty robbery at his small business on Chicago’s South Side. Rabbi Mosbacher was only 28 at the time. In the months after his father’s murder in early 1999, he recalled people trying to be helpful, saying “this will make you a better person.” This remark only made him angry: he wanted his father back. As Rabbi Mosbacher went on to raise his own family and advanced in his rabbinical career, he recognized that no prayer, no fast and no act of religious charity could give him what he wanted. So he began his work to prevent more violence by guns.

In addition to serving as Rabbi of Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, he speaks to persuade leaders in every sector of our society to make a difference in reducing gun violence in America. Rabbi Mosbacher’s synagogue is a member of the Metro-IAF, the nation’s largest and oldest network of local faith and community-based organizations. This organization brings together people across lines of race, faith, and class to work on an issue of common concern. With Rabbi Mosbacher’s help, Metro-IAF created the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign, an effort to use the purchasing power of police and military to press gun manufacturers to hold their worst dealers accountable, and to innovate in the area of smart gun technology.

Sid Jacobson JCC’s Director of Social Serices, Michelle Laser, LCSW, will be on hand to provide clinical social work support and guidance. This program is presented in participation with Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods, Metro IAF and Partners in Caring.

At Temple Sinai
425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
Thursday, March 8
7:30pm
Learn More

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 Tuesday of the month (except for holidays, please check our holiday schedule here for closings)
11am-12pm


DO NOT STAND IDLY BY WITH RABBI JOEL MOSBACHER

When Rabbi Joel Mosbacher was 28, his father was shot dead in a petty robbery at his small business on Chicago’s South Side. As Rabbi Mosbacher went on to raise his own family and advanced in his rabbinical career, he recognized that no prayer, no fast and no act of religious charity could give him what he wanted. So he began his work to prevent more violence by guns. In addition to serving as Rabbi of Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, he speaks to persuade leaders in every sector of our society to make a difference in reducing gun violence in America.

Sid Jacobson JCC’s Director of Social Serices, Michelle Laser, LCSW, will be on hand to provide clinical social work support and guidance. This program is presented in participation with Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods, Metro IAF and Partners in Caring.

At Temple Sinai
425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn Heights
Thursday, March 8
7:30pm
Learn More

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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