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Social Action Community Service at Kol Ami

This year, the CKA Social Action Committee has decided to focus on Homelessness and Hunger with volunteering events, direct advocacy, and learning all targeting these specific issues. Our goals are to give our community the opportunity for service while educating them about the interconnectedness between Judaism and these critical societal issues.

The Social Action Committee wishes to involve other aspects of our communities in our conversations and events about these issues including Shabbat Divrei Torah, young professional events, confirmation class activities, and other Religious School activities. We have events aimed at all demographics including families, young adults, empty nesters, and senior citizens. We believe that Jewish communities do not make the world better by talking about a better world but by going out and improving it directly inspired by our Jewish values.

We are planning to have the following programs over the year:

  • Sunday, August 18th • 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Esther’s Garden Harvest and JFS Food Donation
  • September – May, dates TBA
    Monthly Utah Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry
  • Wednesday, October 9th • 1:30 pm (immediately following morning Yom Kippur services)
    Yom Kippur Breakout Session on the root causes of homelessness and their connections to Judaism 
  • October 18th – 19th
    Ending Child Homelessness Shabbat — Congregation Kol Ami is joining other congregations in the valley in collecting diapers to donate to homeless families on this Shabbat during Sukkot, when we recall how our ancestors lived in temporary structures ("Sukkot") during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness following the exodus from Egypt.
  • December 24th – 26th and 29th
    Family Promise Shelter
    Volunteering — ​Family Promise is a national organization providing transitional residential accommodations for families awaiting affordable housing. It relies on community organizations and faith groups to provide companionship, dinners and a presence in these facilities. Kol Ami partners with a local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Ward to provide the needed support for the "Inn" at the Christ United Methodist Church on 3300 South and 2300 East. Sign up to come! Contact Vivian Dowsett with any questions.
  • Early 2020
    For next year's Tuesday Study with the Clergy, Rabbi Samuel L. Spector will be focusing on hunger and homelessness.
  • February 25th
    Jewish Day on the Hill to advocate for bills that combat homelessness and hunger
  • March 20th – 21st
    National Refugee Shabbat
  • April 2020, dates TBA
    Family Promise Shelter Volunteering
Sun, February 23 2020 28 Shevat 5780