Impact

SOCIAL IMPACT AT WRT

Westchester Reform Temple is committed to pursuing tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedek  (social justice) for impact locally, statewide, nationally, and globally through direct service, tzedakah, advocacy, and community organizing.  As one of the pillars of WRT, we strive to weave social action and repairing the world throughout the fabric of WRT, incorporating it into our teachings, worship, and community. 

“Reform Jews are committed to social justice.  Even as Reform Jews embrace ritual, prayer, and ceremony more than ever, we continue to see social justice as the jewel in the Reform Jewish crown.  Like the prophets, we never forget that God is concerned about the every day and that the blights of society take precedence over the mysteries of heaven.  A Reform synagogue that does not alleviate the anguish of the suffering is a contradiction in terms.” – Rabbi Eric Yoffie, speech to the UACH Executive Committee, February 1998.

If you would like to support this important work through a tax-deductible donation, please consider giving to one of the following designated funds:

Social Impact and Community Engagement: to support the work of social justice and social action at WRT, and engaging our community in all that WRT has to offer.

Hungry and Homeless Fund: assists hungry and homeless in Westchester County.

Jewish Poor Fund: provides financial assistance to the Jewish Poor.

Global Refugee Initiative Fund: supports the resettlement of refugees in Westchester and the region.

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WRT Mitzvah Corps – ECC Mitzvah Corps, Family Mitzvah Corps, and Monthly Mitvah Corps

The WRT community has many different entry points into Mitzvot opportunities – ECC Mitzvah Corps, Family Mitzvah Corps and Monthly Mitzvah Corps.  WRT is committed to creating change in the world by actively helping our local, national, and global communities.   Through a combination of hands-on activities, learning experiences, and goods drives, WRT strives to better our world by doing mitzvot. 

 

Cooking4HOPE

Even in this difficult time when our WRT Kitchen is closed, our Cooking4Hope team still provides meals for participants of HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle.  Reach out to volunteer your time to bake or to pack lunch and snack bags. Cooking4Hope is funded by WRT’s Hungry and Homeless Fund, so please continue to support these efforts by contributing to the Fund.  Contact Yoel Magid to learn more yoel.magid@gmail.com.

 

Racial Justice Working Group

The WRT Racial Justice Working Group empowers congregants to grapple with the role that race has played in shaping America.  Through personal and communal work, the working group strives to use this understanding to build a better local and national community.  To learn more click here or email sharon.stiefel@wrtemple.org

 

WRT is Green

WRT is proud to have incorporated sustainable building practices throughout the WRT campus, as a physical example of one of our congregation’s five pillars: Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).  Everywhere our visitors step, look drink, and breathe, they discover thoughtful choices that make WRT a truly green community.  Learn more…