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Tikkun Olam Committee



The Shul of New York Tikkun Olam (repair the world) Committee was formed to work on Social Justice/Social Action projects.  Every month there will be a Shul Tzedakah (charity) Project aimed at supporting community causes.  

The Shul has participated in marches, forums on Syrian refugees, Passover package delivery to seniors, a Seder in a mosque, and met with U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney.  In addition, our Tzedakah projects have included The Floating Hospital, Pads for a Purpose and Bar Ministry.

In addition, we will participate in other social action projects and events.  Please check this page often to learn what we are doing and how you can be involved.   

Please take a moment to complete our Social Justice/Social Action survey.  This helps us understand the issues that matter most to the Shul community.

For more information or to suggest a project, please email us at


Tzedakah Project

The Pajama Program and Meetup


The Pajama Program’s mission is to ensure a comforting bedtime routine for all children. Schoolchildren from lower-income neighborhoods are bused into the Pajama Program’s midtown townhouse for a one-hour Reading Party, where they spend the time exploring books and reading with an adult volunteer. At the end of the hour, to much applause, each child is given a book of their choice and a brand new pair of pajamas.  The children feel very special and the volunteers are smiling from ear to ear.

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How you can help:

1. The Shul is sponsoring a Pajama Program Reading Party on April 3rd, from 11 to noon, and we’re hoping you'd like to be one of our reading volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Anne Silverman for details.

Space is limited, so please respond quickly if you'd like to be a reader.

2. The Shul is collecting new, unused, children’s books for ages 4 through 13. You may bring donations to any Shul event or service,


Drop items off or have them delivered by Tuesday, March 31st, to J. Brancaccio, 105 W 13th St Apt 3C, NY NY 10011, or Anne Silverman, 505 E 79th St Apt 4K, NY, NY 10075,


You may make a donation on the form below and we will do the shopping for you.

The collection period ends on March 31st, so your donations can be presented to the Pajama Program staff at the April 3rd Reading Party.


Previous Tzedakah Projects

PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL - School Supplies for Homeless Children Coalition for the Homeless Project: Back to School will collect more than 4,000 new backpacks and fill them with all the supplies a student needs to start the school year.  You can help a homeless girl or boy start the school year right with a simple donation of a new backpack or any of the supplies on the wish list.

NJLERC: Eyeglasses for People in Need.  There is a tremendous need for recycled glasses throughout the world. Each year, individuals donate approximately seven million pairs of glasses to Lions Clubs International Eyeglass Recycling Centers. The New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (NJLERC) at the Katzenbach School in West Trenton, NJ handles approximately 1,200,000 pair each year.  The purpose of the NJLERC as an organization is to collect, clean, neutralize and designate the prescription of used eyeglasses and to store and package them for distribution to needy groups and individuals throughout the world.

Project FIND: Long Johns for Homeless Seniors  Started in 1967, Project FIND has served New York's Senior population.  Project FIND offers compassion and support helping homeless seniors reclaim their lives with a sense of dignity and belonging.  In particular, their Long Johns Project is focused on meeting the needs of homeless seniors in winter. 

Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief  The City of New York has made 17 firehouses and EMS stations across the five boroughs collection stations for critically-needed items for hurricane relief for the people of Puerto Rico.  The City is encouraging donations of the following five items:  Diapers (Baby & Adult), Baby food, Batteries, First Aid Supplies,  Feminine hygiene products. How you can help: Bring donations directly to any NYC Police Precinct.  

Yom Kippur Food Drive  Thanks to all for our most successful food drive ever.  "We are overwhelmed by the Shul's generosity.  What a feast!"  - Albert at  The Momentum Project.

The Floating Hospital provides primary healthcare services to families living in family shelters and domestic violence safe house and at Health Centers in LIC and Astoria. They also distribute basic school supplies for kids in the Queensbridge Public Housing project.  The Floating Hospital supplies them with the basics so they can return to school prepared:  backpacks, pencils, pens, notebooks, etc.  And TFH also encourages reading by distributing free books to children who visit their Health Centers. 

Swim Tayka provides free swimming lessons and environmental education in water stewardship to underserved kids who live along oceans, rivers and lakes.  Many children don’t have bathing suits and feel they can’t get in the water for swim lessons. We want to erase that barrier.  

Good+ Foundation has helped to break the cycle of family poverty through the power of donated goods and services since 2001.

Bar Ministry  Bar Ministry offers everyone a simple way to give care to the homeless and hungry that are sadly so present in every area of our city.  When possible we will have protein and breakfast bars available. We will also have referral cards for a local soup kitchen and an info sheet from the NYC Department of Homeless Services.  We encourage you to take some and to share them when you encounter a person in need. 

Pads for a Purpose is a foundation that delivers packets of feminine hygiene products to battered women and homeless shelters.

Grace Outreach:  Founded in 2004, Grace Outreach serves low-income women of all ages who seek to enhance their academic skills, pursue higher education and find employment. With our ongoing support, hundreds of women have earned their equivalency diplomas and moved on to higher educational goals, better career opportunities, and financial independence.



Tzedakah Project Donation Form


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