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We The People


We The People unites great minds 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.


The 2020 Census is underway and you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up. The self-response phase has been extended to September 30.

  • To complete the Census by phone, call 1.844.330.2020
  • To complete the Census by mail, fill out the full questionnaire you received in the mail and mail it in
  • To complete the Census online, visit 2020census.gov

SJJCC Census Outreach Team is here to help with the Census and answer any question you may have, contact us at 516.484.1545 ext. 293, census2020@sjjcc.org. Want to be a part of the Census Outreach Team? Let us know by contacting us at census2020@sjjcc.org.


The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3. The early voting period for the General Election will begin on Saturday, October 24 and end on Sunday, November 1.

  • If you are not registered to vote, you have until Friday, October 9 to either register by mail or in person. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, October 27 is the last day to postmark an application for an absentee ballot. Click here for more information.

For more information on how voting, how to change your address, and where to vote, visit New York State’s Board of Election website.

Join us outdoors under a tent for a volunteer opportunity to encourage others to vote by writing postcards that will be sent nationwide.
Thursday, October 1


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

In New York and across the nation, we have seen an appalling increase in the number of hate crimes against Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and other communities. We have zero tolerance for prejudice. We stand with all communities, including the Jewish community, the Muslim community, and the LGBTQ community, against hate and division, and we know that the most powerful four-letter word is not hate – it’s love.

Add your name to show your solidarity with the victims of recent hate crimes.


A variety of community resources dedicated to local and national causes are available.


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

Susan Berman

Director, Center for Community Engagement

(516) 484-1545 x202

Leading SJJCC’s mission to positively impact the world is Susan Berman, Director of Community Engagement. Susan received a master’s degree from Touro College and is an experienced community organizer with…

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Linda Samet

Supervisor of Volunteer Services

(516) 484-1545 x149

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