In keeping with Jewish teachings and the tradition of Tikkun Olam (healing the world), our Community Affairs Committee participates in many diverse outreach projects all year long. Starting off our Jewish calendar year, we encourage our members to bring a bag of non-perishable food to Synagogue on Kol Nidre Eve for Operation Isaiah, which provides much needed help to the local food banks. Last year we contributed nearly 200 bags of food and other necessities for distribution within Bergen County. Our collections for the local food banks continue throughout the year.
Our Synagogue has a wonderful group of knitters and we are always looking to expand our group! The clothing items they make are sent to the Tikvah Home in Odessa, a Jewish orphanage. Our knitting bees meet each month at the JCCP/CBT where we knit and chat. Experienced or not, you are welcome to join us. If you need instruction we will gladly help you or even teach you how to knit! Join us!
In conjunction with the Interreligious Fellowship for the Homeless of Bergen County we provide meals for their Walk-In Dinner Program. Our fall and spring Turkey and Food Drives help ensure that people are not forgotten at holiday times, no matter what their religion. Our congregation adopts needy families in Paramus at Thanksgiving time. Chanukah finds us assembling and distributing gifts to Jewish patients in area hospitals.
We volunteer at the Food Bank in Saddle Brook twice each year, to help organize and stock the shelves.
We are proud that the JCCP/CBT has been chosen to receive a Solomon Schechter Award in the Social Action category. Our entry highlighted our Every Day Is Mitzvah Day project.
The Jewish Community Center of Paramus / Congregation Beth Tikvah takes great pleasure in knowing that our members are special people, evidenced by how generous they are with the time and effort they devote to all our projects. It is most gratifying to see such a wonderful cross section of our membership, our youth, our seniors, and all those in between, participating so enthusiastically.
Please contact Roz Gerard for more information. (201) 262-7691 – Ext. 0