600 Peachtree Battle Ave. NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
404.355.5222

Pilgrimage Festivals & Shelter | Hunger Walk & Habitat | Operation Isaiah || Next BLOOD DRIVE


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.

aamitzvahThe AA Mitzvah Team

Do you have a few hours to do one mitzvah?
We would like to invite all AA members to our new AA Mitzvah Team. We will call on you occasionally to ask if you have a small amount of time to do one mitzvah as part of our social action programs. This might mean donating some food, toiletries or clothing, serving food one night at a shelter, joining or contributing to our AA Hunger Walk teams or spending a few hours with Habitat and other social action programs. Please look for our red AA Mitzvah Team card in AA's lobby to sign-up. With our AA Mitzvah Team, we will be able to reach out to the community even more and really make a difference. We will demonstrate the commitment AA has to our community. If you have any questions about this program, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 678.585.9010. 

canned-foodFood-of-the-Month Tzedakah Project for JF&CS Food Pantries | Congregation Ahavath Achim is collecting food to fill the JF&CS food pantry. Last year, the Food Pantry gave out 5,450 lbs. of food to over 1,525 persons in 860 households. Help us feed people in our community by donating the special items each month. Place your donations into the food pantry barrel located located in the synagogue lobby. Be sure that your items are marked with a KOSHER symbol or are VEGETARIAN. View the complete list... here. Food-of-the-Month for April: Canned fruit, vegetarian pasta sauce. For inquiries about this ongoing program, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Social Action Committee Programs: An Overview

Share our Shabbat – Food for those in Need

Each Saturday, following our Shabbat services, a team coordinated by Alan Wexler and Dr. Nancy Canter Weiner take our left over Shabbat food to the Task Force for the Homeless in downtown Atlanta.  This shelter serves approximately 50 people each night.  Our left over Shabbat food plays an important part in their serving their residents. This is an important Mitzvah for AA.  If you would like to participate, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Chairperson of the Social Action Committee, | 404.872.8880. This is a wonderful family activity.

Pilgrimage Festival Social Action Initiatives

During the pilgrimage festivals, we collect items needed in our community.  Alice Taratoot has taken the lead in these programs. For information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 404.355.5222 Ext. 226.

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 Communityzaban2010

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.

AA depends on your generosity to continue this mitzvah of providing to people in need. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (404.351.7141) if you have any questions, and let them know you are ready to serve.

 

Georgia Radio Reading Service (GARRS)

Volunteers work onsite at GARRS, a broadcast service for the vision impaired. These volunteers record books, magazines, etc., for broadcast. If you are interested or want more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 404.812.1734.

 

Habitat for Humanity – Providing Shelter for Families

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Habitat Build | This year AA recruited 45 willing ‘builders’ to participate on our build date of, Sunday, October 21, 2012. To-date, our AA community has helped build more than 11 Habitat Houses, making homes for more than 40 families who also participated in the building of their home. Whether you are a new-comer or an old-hat at this mitzvah project we encourage you to join us in our yearly Habitat Builds. Bring the entire family! No construction experience is required only a willingness to serve. To sign-up for our builds, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 404.702.3469 |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 404.872.8880.  Follow us on Facebook and view our 2012 team photos!

 

2013hungerwalkHunger 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).
Contributions: Tribute donations are accepted throughout the year online and via snail mail to Sally Kaplan (4507 Chattahoochee Way, Marietta GA 30067); make your check payable to Hunger Walk; for information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 404.325.4201. See you at Turner Field!

 

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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)

Dr. Nancy Canter Weiner (pictured)  chairs our very successful food drive during the High Holy Days. For inquiries please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Give the gift of food for someone else's table... Give early, give often!

 

Caregiver Programs 

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. 

 
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