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Read all about our current Mitzvah of the Month, what we've already accomplished, and what's planned in future months!

Mitzvah of the Month

December 2018
Books for Cancer Patients

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Light One Little Candle

It's time to announce our December Mitzvah of the Month! This month we are donating books through an organization called Light One Little Candle

Their mission is to encourage cancer patients who are also caregivers to continue to bond with their children throughout their illness by reading books together that have nothing to do with cancer. The idea is for patients to get lost in classic and funny stories about life, like The Velveteen Rabbit, Winnie-the-Pooh and The Little Prince. You can read more about it on their website.
 
How to Participate: You can participate by donating a new children's book, cash, or a Barnes & Noble gift card in December. There are collection boxes in the sanctuary, and we will have a representative from Light One Little Candle at the Shlock Rock concert on Saturday, December 8th. If you are coming to the concert, bring your book or cash donation then! (Get your concert tickets here)

Where will my donation go? The foundation is  currently operating in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, California, Maine, Utah, Maryland and New Jersey. Locally, these books will go to UCSD's Moore's Cancer Center.

Upcoming Mitzvot!

January: Balboa Park Cleanup: 10th annual Martin Luther King Day of Interfaith Community Service at Balboa Park. https://www.fumcsd.org/10th-annual-mlk-day/ Make it a day ON, not a day off! Monday, January 21st from 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM

 

February: Sustainability: Food production/distribution/nutrition in association with Coastal Roots Farm
 

March: Help the Homeless: Purim care packages & volunteer opportunities

 

April: Animals: Escondido Humane Society; volunteer & donation (and adoption!) opportunities

Previous Months

We kicked off our Mitzvah of the Month program in September 2018 after announcing the new program during High Holy Days. Our first mitzvah was aimed at reducing hunger insecurity in San Diego. We collected food between Yom Kippur and Sukkot which was donated to the Jewish Family Services (JFS) "Hand Up Food Pantry."

Would you like to help more on this issue? For more information about JFS programs that provide local food assistance, please visit their website. Interfaith Community Services in Escondido is another excellent local resource for food assistance. You can find information on their programs here.

 

In October we participated in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes through the San Diego YWCA's Becky's House programs to end domestic violence. We look forward to making this an annual event, supporting this nationally recognized program that helps women, men, and children transitioning out of violent situations into independent, peaceful lives.

In November 2018, we Engaged & Gave Thanks with our local interfaith community. Cantor Bromerg co-led 2 interfaith services to show our gratitude for a supportive interfaith community during these times of increased antiSemitism and violence.  If you'd like to learn more about our local interfaith organizations, please visit the POINT or Escondido Together websites.

Mon, December 10 2018 2 Tevet 5779