Giving our time in the form of volunteering is as important a part of the Jewish tradition as giving our money to the synagogue and community. At the Temple, we constantly look for ways that members can give of their time, talents and effort.
Among some of the organizations our volunteers have helped:
On Super Bowl Sunday, students in grades 5, 6, and 7 went to Harvesters to take part in the community wide “Souper Bowl” Sunday of community service. The students packed 700 backpacks in two hours. The backpacks go home on weekends with children who need food. This program has been shown to significantly encourage school attendance, as well as feeding hungry children over a weekend who might not otherwise have a complete meal.
Extreme Yard Rakeover
The Confirmation Class participated in the Extreme Yard Rakeover. This is a collaborative effort 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.
Kansas City Public Television
Eleven members and friends volunteered at the Public Television Fund Drive. KCPT had requested the New Reform Temple group especially for the program, Imagine This, a musical set in the Warsaw ghetto.