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Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley

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A welcoming and giving reform congregation committed to social justice, on-going learning, vibrant spirituality, diversity and the State of Israel
Yom Rishon, 4 Tishri 5778


Social Action (Tikkun)


Social Action is involved in social causes, and with activities that will help those in their time of need and respond to our Jewish responsibility to actively participate in repairing the world.  Our Congregation offers our members many opportunities for social action.  By reaching out to people in need, we not only help to repair the world, but also strengthen our Jewish identity and provide an important example of our values for our children.


  • Holocaust Torah Restoration Project

    In 1964, 1,564 Czech Memorial Scrolls were purchased from the Czechoslovak Communist state and taken back into Jewish hands by Westminster Synagogue in London, England, who created the Memorial Scrolls Trust. The scrolls were restored and distributed to hundreds of Jewish congregations all over the world, including our community in Kingston, NY. Although our Torah scroll survived the Holocaust, it is fragile, damaged and in need of repair. When James Ayton became a Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Emanuel, he asked to read from this Torah. For his community service “Mitzvah” project, James launched a Torah restoration campaign welcoming family, friends and our Hudson Valley community to participate.

    To learn about this exciting project as it evolves, please visit restoreatorah.wordpress.com. Additionally, the doors of our synagogue are open and the Holocaust Torah is frequently read during services. Individuals or groups are welcome to schedule private visits by contacting the main office at 845-338-4271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Soup Kitchen: Providing meals to those in need is a mitzvah.  Join us in prepping, cooking, serving, and clean-up: Queens Galley on Washington Avenue in Kingston. Every 4th Sunday of the month, from 10:000AM to 2:00PM. Contact Rick Mahler at 845-901-0988 to learn more or sign up.
  • Participate in the annual Mental Health Association Presents for Patients Program.

  • High Holy Day Food Drive: In the spirit of these High Holy Days, as we re-evaluate our lives' and our relationship to our Creator and fellow human beings, we also have an opportunity – Judaism would say, an obligation – to help our community. It is a perfect time to do a Mitzvah!  Bring in a bag or two of nonperishable food and personal items to be donated to a local food pantry.  Contact  Food Appeal Chair Joanne Miller for details (845) 679-4636.
  • Ongoing Food Drive:  People are hungry all year round.  We expanded our High Holiday Food Appeal to become a year-round request for food and toiletries contributions.  Shopping carts are located in the Temple main lobby.  Contributions may be brought in any time the Temple is open: non-perishable foods, snacks, drinks, sundries, and toiletries in non-breakable containers.  Contact Rick Mahler at 845-901-0988.

  • Become involved in the lives of Jewish senior citizens. During certain holidays, including Passover, we are scheduling events at area nursing homes. Some residences already have a tradition of holding a Seder (led in some cases by Cantor Cohen), and an invitation is extended for our participation.  In others, we are proposing to begin such a tradition.  We meet with groups and individuals, according to their needs and abilities, for informal conversations about Passover, its meaning in history and in our own lives.  Dates will be scheduled, and we invite you to join us for as many as you can, this is a great chance to get your whole family involved in sharing the Passover story and traditions.

In addition, volunteers are appreciated to help with Caring Community (Hesed) activities such as assisting at time of death and illness, arranging transportation, etc.

To learn more or sign up for any of the Social Action programs or join Social Action, contact Social Action Chair, Rick Mahler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 845-901-0988.

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