Social Action

The Social Justice Committee has activities every month. Members from every age group and interest will find way to become more involved in the Jewish community and the Kansas City community as a whole.

Among some of the recent activities of the committee are:

Food Drive
Each year beginning with the High Holy Days, one of the activities of the Social Justice Committee is to organize a food drive that collects non-perishable food and household items for Jewish Family Services Food Pantry.

Tools for Jewish Unemployed
Temple members volunteer for Jewish Family Services and Jewish Vocational Service who have teamed up to assist those in the Jewish community who are unemployed. The program is an expansion of JVS’ job readiness services of career counseling, resume assistance and interviewing skills.

Jewish Family Services Friendly Visitor Program
Call, visit, or write an older adult, and change a life. Temple members help create comfort and connection through the simple pleasure of friendly conversation or a caring phone call. They are a friendly visitor for adults, families, teenagers and college students.

Hanukkah Gift Program
The Jewish Family Services Hanukkah Gift Program assists over 150 households so they may have the opportunity to celebrate Hanukkah every year. JFS collects gifts for older adults and donations of cash and/or gift cards from area grocery stores (Hen House, HyVee, Price Chopper, Target and Walmart).

Extreme Yard Rakeover
NRT members form teams to participate, in collaboration with Jewish Family Services and Shepherd’s Center  to match volunteer groups with older adult homeowners in financial need to have their yards raked during the first three weeks of November.

Social Justice Committee
Goals: Coordinate community service initiatives for The New Reform Temple and its members.