Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley Synagogue

Social Action

Collection for the IRC’s Welcome Center in Phoenix

International Rescue Mission’s Welcome Center in Phoenix has requested a large list of items needed to their facility caring for refugee families prior to going to their final destination.  Committee agreed to present the following items for collection in November.  The items include:  Food – Vienna Sausage; individually wrapped nuts, trail mix, granola bars or breakfast bars; individual packages of juice; water bottles.  Clothing – new underwear for men (s,m,l,xl), women (5-6,7-8) and children; women’s sport bras (s,m,l,xl); socks for men, women, and children; baseball caps.  Hygiene and miscellaneous – new hairbrushes and combs; flip-flops   for the shower; large bottles of body wash; feminine napkins; Ziplock bags (sandwich and gallon sizes);
travel size tissue packs.

Community Food Bank of Sedona

The JCSVV Social Action Committee is collecting food for the Community Food Bank of Sedona.  As we are approaching the High Holy Days, please be reminded about the importance of donating food to the needy by supporting the Food Bank of Sedona and MAZON with donations that will be collected at Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur Services in the Social Action Collection Bin as you enter the JCSVV for services.

Requested items include: non-perishable items, no glass, nothing opened or outdated, please. 

Check donations are also collected. Please make checks payable to: The Community Food Bank of Sedona and/or Mazon, The Jewish Response to Hunger. Send to JCSVV, P.O. Box 13, Sedona, AZ 86339 to be forwarded from JCSVV to specified organization. 

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Backpack Program – Volunteers Needed!

Since 2010, JCSVV has enthusiastically supported the West Sedona School District Backpack Program for Kids.  Through the Sedona Food Bank, as many as 125 schoolchildren eligible for free or reduced lunch meals can receive weekend emergency food packs that contain 2 breakfasts, 2 healthy snacks, juice, milk, 2 proteins and two entrees.  An interfaith consortium sends volunteers on Thursday morning to the food bank to pack the 5 lb. bags and deliver them to the school for Friday pick up.

Teachers report that children who receive weekend food packs do better academically and have more energy than those who choose not to be in the program.  For only one hour a week on Thursdays in November and December, JCSVV members have the opportunity for Tikkun Olam, the mitzvah of repairing the world, by volunteering to help.  Will you be one of them?

Please contact Karen Schudson, Social Action Team member, at 414-232-4056 or to volunteer.

The children will thank you!