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Social Action

Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – is central to our community and our faith. The Upper Valley Jewish Community strives to contribute to the local community, to the global Jewish community, and to those in need throughout the world. We address social action by organizing fundraising drives and service events, by participating in the United Valley Interfaith Project, and by informing our members of volunteer opportunities and needs. The importance and the joy of Tikkun Olam are conveyed to our children from their earliest days in Hebrew School.

To get involved in UVJC social action, contact any member of the Social Action Steering Committee, as is indicated below.

UVJC Social Action supports congregants in a number of ways:

Bimah Baskets: providing beautiful food filled baskets to adorn the Bimah and party tables in place of traditional flower bouquets.
Aging with Dignity: a course developed by the United Valley Interfaith Project for folks who are older or plan on getting older (!) offering tools and tips on getting your affairs organized, staying connected and active and having fun, and planning for when you can no longer speak for yourself to make your desires known to your doctors.
A “caring committee” makes an effort to be available to help congregants in need, such as bringing food or doing an errand for an ill congregant. If you are able to help a fellow congregant on occasion, please add your name.
Lunch and Learn programs addressing social action and social justice.
Hebrew School coordination-inviting B’nai Mitzvah students to share the stories of their Mitzvah projects in the Connection.
• Publicizing social service activities initiated by congregants.

UVJC Social Action serves the local community…

Tzedakah— Tzedakah is collected Erev Yom Kippur to support one local organization and one Jewish or Israeli organization.
• The Haven’s Dinner Team- cooking, serving and sharing dinners to residents living at The Haven’s Hixon House. This is on Monday nights, approximately once a month.
Listen dinners: The fourth Tuesday of each month, volunteers from the UVJC cook and serve dinner for about 100 people at the Listen center in White River Junction. Contact Susan Cohen to volunteer.
Food Drives- UVJC Social Action organizes several food drives annually to help keep local food pantries stocked.
Northwood Summer Lunches – Providing lunches for a week each summer for children living in an affordable housing complex. Joining multiple UV congregations, the SAC assembles over 200 lunches to be enjoyed by 35-45 children daily for 5 days.

UVJC Social Action supports immigrants…

For many in our congregation, the plight of immigrants and refugees deeply resonates with our Jewish history. Many congregants are passionately working to support immigrants and refugees, often through the UVJC’s Immigrant Support Committee or the United Valley Interfaith Project (see below). For more information, contact
The UVJC is a member congregation of the United Valley Interfaith Project, (UVIP) a consortium of local faith-based organizations working for social justice through community organizing. The UVIP currently focuses on immigrant support, economic justice, and “Aging with Dignity”. If you would like to get involved in the work of the UVIP, you may contact Carolyn Gordon at or directly contact

UVJC Social Action Steering Committee
Chair: Lynn Schwartz
Secretary: Iris Berezin 

Carolyn Gordon
Alice Berliner
Pamela Hausler
Roseanne Kramer