Jewish Center of the Hamptons has been a respite for the homeless. During the coldest months, Jewish Center in partnership with Maureen’s Haven, opens its doors to house the homeless. On these winter nights our guests are fed, given new clothing and a warm place to sleep for the night with the opportunity to shower. By caring for those in need, those who live in our community, we strengthen the simple truth that each and every one of us is dependent on one another. Through this interconnection we encourage a supportive community-wide family.
In conjunction with the East Hampton Clericus, we provide monthly soup dinners at Most Holy Trinity Church. At the end of a day of work, families come together to enjoy a warm free meal. These soup dinners are open to the whole community and offer a place to get together, enjoy company, warm our bellies and listen to some music. Local restaurants donate food, and our Gates of Jewish Learning students help serve, learning through their own actions what it means to be of service to others.
On Mitzvah Day we join together as a synagogue community to perform mitzvot and acts of loving kindness in our work of Tikkun Ha’Olam – repair of the world. Through a multitude of projects, we live out the commandment to repair what is broken in ourselves, our synagogue and the greater community.
It is always the right time to help others, but in the fall and winter, we pause for reflection and thanksgiving. Jewish Center of the Hamptons provides shopping bags with a reminder that hunger is real, even in the Hamptons. Our tradition challenges us “to feed the hungry.” Support the Jewish Center in its fight against hunger, now and throughout the year.
Working alongside our Clergy, our Caring Committee offers support and assistance to fellow Jewish Center members who are experiencing transitions in their lives. Through various acts of chesed – loving kindness – we strive to help others while making a meaningful connection to the Jewish traditions that guide us in life’s journey.
Each Fall our JCOH community participates in the mitzvah of Gleaning – the collecting of leftover crops from a local farm for donation to a local food pantry. We do this act of tzedakah in fulfillment of the call in the Torah, “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the corner of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger.” Leviticus 19:9-11
Join with the students and parents of our Gates of Jewish Learning and our JCOH community in this fun mitzvah.