Hanukkah is a time of miracles and wonder! We light our candles, eat delicious latkes, and look for the perfect gift for loved ones and friends. This year, Temple Sinai invites you to join us to give back to our community. Each day there will be opportunities to give tzedakah (charity), drop off a donation, or join with others to do a hands-on activity. May we bring light and joy to the world around us!
First Candle – Sunday, December 6 – Helping the Homeless
“Take the homeless poor into your home” (Isaiah 58:7)
Temple Sinai will be collecting new and gently used children’s books to be donated to children who live in the New York City Department of Homeless Services Shelters. All donations can be dropped off in the large bins located in the Temple Sinai lobby at 425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn, NY.
Donation suggestions include supporting the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, http://www.addressthehomeless.org/how-you-can-help.html.
Second Candle – Monday, December 7 – Visiting the Sick
“Whoever visits the sick helps that person to recover” (Nedarim 40a)
Temple Sinai strives to bring a sense of comfort and wholeness to the members of our broader community by visiting the sick. Join us at St. Francis Hospital at 4:00 p.m. where we will deliver homemade Hanukkah packages to Jewish patients at the hospital. Help bring a little bit of Hanukkah joy to patients! Meet in the lobby of the hospital, 100 Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576.
During the month of December, one of our students is running a Lego Drive for the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital. Please support this drive by donating brand new, unwrapped Lego sets for children undergoing cancer treatments (ages 1 to 16). Drop offs will be accepted at Temple Sinai. Donation suggestions include supporting The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at www.afsp.org/ways-to-give/make-a-donation
Third Candle – Tuesday, December 8 – LGBTQ Inclusion
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18)
Join us on Tuesday December 8 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. as Temple Sinai’s Generation Equality: Teen Political Advocacy Club and Kulanu will join together for “Latkes and Love.” Donation suggestions include helping Keshet, a national grassroots organization that works for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Jews in Jewish life. www.keshetonline.org/about/supportkeshet
Fourth Candle – Wednesday, December 9 – Honoring the Elderly
“You shall rise up before the aged and show deference to the old” (Leviticus 19:32)
Jewish tradition reminds us of the ideal treatment of the seniors in our community: showing deference and respect and learning the stories of their lives. Donation recommendations include DOROT, an innovative leader in the fields of aging services and volunteerism. To donate, go to www.dorotusa.org.
Fifth Candle – Thursday, December 10 – Feeding the Hungry
“Is not this the fast I desire… to share your bread with the hungry?” (Isaiah 58:7)
Throughout the year, Temple Sinai’s Social Action Committee has joined together to help feed hungry families in Nassau County. A group of 7th grade families will be making meals on the fifth night, but we always need new volunteers. If you would like to participate in “Be a Mentsch,” please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donation opportunities include helping the HUC Soup Kitchen. Donate at donate.huc.edu/soupkitchen.
Sixth Candle – Friday, December 11 – Creating Jewish Community
“All Israel is responsible for one another” (Shevuot 39a)
On Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m., we will join together for a festive Hanukkah and Shabbat Service. The service is perfect for all age—kids and adults alike! Sing, pray, and join us in celebration! Latke Party Oneg following the service! Afterwards, we will create holiday cards, wrap Legos to be given to Winthrop Hospital and create book plates for books to be given to NYC Homeless Services. Join us for services and stay to do a mitzvah!
Seventh Candle – Saturday, December 12 – Welcoming Children with Special Needs
“God created Human Beings in God’s image” (Genesis 1:27)
Temple Sinai welcomes children with special needs and provides a supportive community to their families as well. Donation recommendation is northshoreautismcircle.org/
Eighth Candle – Sunday, December 13 – Caring for the State of Israel
“My heart is in the East, even though I am in the West” (Yehudah HaLevi)
On the last night of giving, we do our part to support the vibrant Holy Land. Donations can include supporting AIPAC, whose mission is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship to enhance the security of Israel and the United States. www.aipac.org.
Other opportunities are to help ARZA, the single largest supporter of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) and the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC). www.arza.org/donate.
For more information about Temple Sinai’s Hanukkah “8 Nights of Giving,” call 516-621-6800 or visit www.mysinai.org. Temple Sinai is located at 425 Roslyn Road, Roslyn, NY 11577.
—Submitted by Temple Sinai of Roslyn