Social Action News

Sandwich Making Program   Social Action has been busy the last few months and wanted to share some new opportunities and some wonderful projects. In September, we introduced the Temple Beth El sandwich-making team, with Jack Schatten taking the lead. He makes 60 sandwiches every Thursday afternoon with 3-4 volunteers. The sandwiches are brought to Tri-CYA for the children to have on Friday and Saturday. Debbie Rimler (the director of Tri-CYA) was so thrilled that she didn’t have to worry about feeding the children. If anyone is interested in being part of this program you can reach out to Jack:

Birthday Wishes   The Birthday Wishes program has been expanding this year and we are so excited to have Wyandanch school district join our Birthday in a Duffle program. We now service South Huntington, Harborfields, Commack and Wyandanch. Every month we create duffle bags that are specifically made for each student. The school districts gather the students’ interests, hobbies or needs and we try and make a wonderful celebration for them. We have also been very lucky to have connected with Book Fairies, a not for profit group in Freeport that donated 100 brand new books for us to include in our bags. Birthday Wishes is a perfect opportunity for B’nei Mitzvah students that might be interested in adopting a bag or donating the items that go into a bag. It’s also a wonderful way for anyone to adopt a bag in honor of someone’s birthday!  Our Religious school has often supported the program by donating paper goods, wrapping paper or other items we might need. The Chanukah Bash was a huge success and we were able to include many of the donated toys into our monthly bags. Anyone interested in learning more about this program can reach out to Elisa McDonagh at or Sue Seiler at

Afghans of New York   In early November, the Social Action Committee of Temple Beth El partnered with Afghans of New York to run a warm clothing drive for the Afghan refugees temporarily housed at Liberty Village, Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst in New Jersey. The Social Action Committee also reached out to the religious and social service communities of Huntington for their support. The response from the Temple Partnership and the Huntington community was overwhelming.  With the help of the NYC Police Department, which delivered the donations to the base, this effort was able to send two full vans of warm clothing to the Afghan refugee community.  Thank you to all who participated for their generosity.