Social Action Committee

Our Social Action Committee is multi-faceted with one-time and ongoing activities to support various communities in our greater New Haven and Connecticut region. We are a welcoming group and invite our Or Shalom members who may have an interest to join. Please contact Nancy Kline at

D.E.S.K. The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Due to Covid, meals are not being served inside but help is needed in delivering and packing groceries and distributing meals. They also need men's large size clothing, backpacks or roller luggage, toiletries, menstrual
products and non-perishable food. These items may be left in the Tzedekah Box at the synagogue. D.E.S.K. also is in need of monetary donations. For more information contact SAC member, Roz Klein, at or go to the D.E.S.K. website at You may also contact Charlie at volunteer@deskct or call 203-624-6426 ext.6170.

SPOONER HOUSE, a shelter located in Shelton, provides critical food and support services to people in need in Fairfield and New Haven counties. For many years SAC has ensured an evening meal provided to the residents on the third Sunday of the month.  If you would like to donate a meal (either bought or self-prepared) or share this wonderful activity with another congregant please contact Ruby Benarroch at 203-843-2675 for information.

KNITTERS WANTED! In the early fall we will resume knitting winter hats to be distributed to hospitals and shelters. This can be a relaxing and productive hobby for you. Find ""on YouTube and go to Loom Knit Hat for Beginners for step by step instructions.
Contact Ruby Benarroch at 203-843-2657 for further information or to donate acrylic yarn.

COC.Congregations of Orange Collaborative,, consisting of members from SAC and other social action groups from various houses of worship in Orange, have joined together to discuss activities to benefit the community.House to their first home. In addition, we are requesting donations to the Orange Fuel Bank because of continued fuel insecurity. Please write a check to Treasurer, Town of Orange with fuel bank in the memo and send to:
Community Services 525 Orange Center Road Orange, CT 06477
Check our weekly e-news for current updates. If you would like to get involved contact Lauren Seplowitz at

JCARR, the Jewish Community Alliance for Refugee Resettlement, is a partnership of Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, Congregation B'nai Jacob, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Congregation OrShalom, Temple Emanuel, Temple Beth David and the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.  JCARR, a co-sponsor with Intergrated Refugee and Immigration Services (IRIS), the principal refugee resettlement agency in Connecticut, continues to help new refugee and immigrant families resettle in our community. Volunteers start working before a family's arrival to identify affordable housing, furnish and supply the home and collect clothing and other basic necessities. Our seventh JCARR family, consisting of mom and 4 children, have been making good progress since their recent arrival. The mom is learning English and the children are now attending school. On average it takes $23,000 to settle a new family so fund raising is an ongoing process. For more information to volunteer or make a financial contribution contact Jean Silk, JCARR Coordinator at or Nancy Kline at

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