Shofar Sept Oct 2016 – MAC


Engaging in tikkun olam, the repairing of our world is a shared value that unites us as Jews. The mission of the Mitzvah Action Committee of Temple Har Shalom is to create a culture of social consciousness that inspires volunteers to take action and perform mitzvot.  Performing mitzvot will MAKE A DIFFERENCE in our Synagogue, our community, and for those in need. From the youngest children to most mature adults, these acts of kindness instill and reinforce the importance of charitable giving, showing compassion, and pursuing peace. At Temple Har Shalom, we offer many opportunities for all Temple members, young and old, to help perform mitzvot throughout the year. We make every effort to involve Mountain Top and Temple Har Shalom’s Religious School children as much as possible in our endeavors. We encourage everyone to become involved! Check out the weekly e-blasts for all the upcoming MAC updates, and look for our Mitzvah/Social Action section on this website.  

Here are some of the wonderful mitzvah opportunities for this upcoming school year. Please come join the fun! These projects cannot be done without the help of the Congregation. Would love to see new faces this year.

Mitzvah of the Month 

We will be focusing on at least one major collection or activity monthly. Bins are set up in the downstairs vestibule where items can be dropped off and then we will donate the items to different community centers or people in need. New ideas are always welcome. One bin is always set aside for our ongoing food drive.

Breast Cancer Awareness 

Tying ribbons around our communities and speaking to the Religious School to educate the students what the ribbons signify.

Yom Kippur food drive  

Collection of canned and boxed items, which are donated directly to the food bank in Bridgewater.

Focus on Family 

Helping specific families in our community after a loss or with a specific need. 

Secret Snowman/Toy drive 

Holiday gift drive for MLK, EL CENTRO and “Manny’s kids” in Newark.

Sandwich/Snack Center 

Making sandwiches for kids in urban areas during school vacations or holidays when they will not be receiving lunch in school.

Food Pantry/bank volunteer  

A monthly volunteer group to help serve meals at the soup kitchen run by the Reformed Church in South Bound Brook.  Hoping to organize a trip to the Community Food Bank of NJ in Hillside as well.

Bone Marrow/Blood donation 

Please consider being added to the bone marrow registry and also donating blood to help someone who may be in need.

Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service – lots of opportunities to help that day.

Martin Luther King Center – The Mitzvah Action Committee coordinates visits to the Martin Luther King Center in Bridgewater throughout the year. We visit at least 4 times a year, hosting Halloween, Hannukah, Valentine’s and Passover/end of year celebrations. Anyone aged 12 and older is welcome to come. 

Operation Gratitude

Help send packages to our soldiers by donating goods and helping with the shipping costs. This was a new project that was very well received by the congregation. We sent out over 40 packages last year – hoping to top that next time.

We are also partners with EL CENTRO in Plainfield and try to help them through our monthly mitzvahs when possible.

These are some of the activities we have planned for the upcoming year and hope to make happen. We ALWAYS need coordinators and are open to new ideas. No one is ever too young or too old to be a mitzvah maker.  PLEASE consider joining the Mitzvah Action Committee or volunteering your time in our ongoing Mitzvah Madness Activities. Volunteers are desperately needed to make MAC work! You can also help by making a tribute in honor or memory of someone and the Mitzvah Action Committee will use the proceeds to forward our efforts in the community. Please contact to find out more information about Mitzvah Madness.