Our Social Action Committee participates in a variety of social action programs throughout the year and our ongoing programs serve as many as 40,000 people in need.
The AA Mitzvah Team
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Social Action Committee Programs: An Overview
Share our Shabbat – Food for those in Need
Pilgrimage Festival Social Action Initiatives
Passover: ShAAring Basics for the Journey | 2011, in April, we collected supplies for The Ronald McDonald House. UPDATE: Todah Rabah AA!!! The collected items from the Ronald McDonald wish list have been delivered to the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta. They were delighted to receive the items (a full SUV load) and the House Manager was very grateful and said that the items would be put to immediate use (including 12 brand new pillows which were among other household and non-perishable food items)!
Shavout: Providing the BAAsics for Learning | May 12-June 10 2011 we collected supplies and other items for this year's list. With this effort, AA members helped kids in need to get ready for the fall school year.
Sukkot: ShAAring our AAbundance | Grab one of our familiar Shopping Bags after Yizkor services and return them by October 10 with gently used clothes, toiletries, baby products, children's books & toys.. Our 2011 drive served 5,500 people.
Shelter Programs and AA – Serving the Community
AA serves two shelters in Atlanta . The Zaban Couples Shelter (online sign-up form) serves approx. 60 residents and AA is committed to providing meals on the 8th and 9th days of November - March. Shearith Israel Shelter serves homless women and AA is committed for a total of 21 days; the first week in November, December and March. Kosher food service and sleep-overs to relieve staff during the November and December holidays are welcome. Please contact Shirley Rich for inquiries and questions. If you are unable to be present, we welcome your donations to the AA Social Action Fund which allow us to purchase food for service at these two shelters. Jennifer Rosenfeld coordinates our efforts for Zaban Shelter volunteers and Shirley Rich coordinates for Shearith Israel Shelter.
Georgia Radio Reading Service (GARRS)
Habitat for Humanity – Providing Shelter for Families
Hunger Walk – Feeding the Homeless and Those in Need
2013 Hunger Walk/Run takes place March 10... Join AA's Team and Support the cause at our official Team Page... First click here: then follow a few steps: Select The Jewish Federation's logo, Select "join a team", Select from the drop down menu - Ahavath Achim Synagogue and select "search" and Pick a team (TEAM: Sandler, Rosenthal, Sisterhood/Zahava, Family/Children).
Operation Isaiah – Never Enter Empty-Handed Campaign
The Operation Isaiah 2012 total is in! We collected over 16,500 pounds of food this High Holiday season. Wow! We increased our giving by over 7,000 pounds or 3 ½ tons over last year. The amount of food we collected will feed over 13,700 meals. What an incredible outpouring of generosity by all of you! Thank you, thank you to all of you who contributed to the most successful Operation Isaiah food drive in Atlanta history. Our congregation started this food drive 22 years ago, and we should be so proud to continue as the leading synagogue contributor in the city. I am so proud of our congregation for reaching deep into our hearts to help those who are less fortunate than we are. Whether you carried heavy cans and bags or donated online for me to be your “personal shopper,” the Atlanta Community Food Bank and I are forever grateful and most appreciative. When Rabbi Sandler asked us during his High Holiday sermon to take ownership in our synagogue community and to feel responsible for our synagogue and its success, we all sure listened. I am so proud to be your Operation Isaiah chair and also to be a member at Ahavath Achim. All of us should have a heart full of pride for what we at Ahavath Achim have accomplished. We are truly becoming a Kehillah Kedosha. ….Shalom, Nancy Canter Weiner (Photo: Left to Right, Bill Bolling, CEO Atlanta Community Food Bank, Nancy Canter Weiner, James Johnson, Food Drive Coordinator, Atlanta Community Food Bank (courtesy: Angela Clawson, ACFB)
There are two programs offered under Caregiver. The Social Action Committee promotes these programs.
CARE Atlanta | This program serves Jewish adults and families who are active caregivers for their loved ones. If you have a few hours to help, please call CARE Atlanta at 770.677.9432.
Lifespan Resources | This agency handles transportation for medical appointments. To help, please call 404.237.7307.
Save Darfur Coalition
The Social Action Committee has increased awareness of this important issue and has asked members to write their representatives to end the violence that has claimed so many lives in this African nation. For more information, visit SaveDarfur.org or call 800.917.2034.