“Welcoming the stranger in our land” is an indisputable responsibility of our Jewish faith.
The Westfield Fun Club is committed to extending a hand to those who need our help.
Westfield Fun Club
Launched in 2016 by temple members Alissa Berger and Jenny Tananbaum, the Westfield Fun Club (WFC) works with local refugee families in Union County and elsewhere in New Jersey. Its mission is to promote social, economic, and educational well-being by helping new families create a lasting foundation for success. We meet on select Saturday mornings at Temple Emanu-El (generally twice monthly) and offer a variety of programs including ESL (what is ESL – we should spell out), resume building, job search assistance, citizenship prep and more for the adults; and for the children, homework tutoring, music and art classes, book club, karate and more. The WFC also provides assistance on an as-needed basis for emergency food deliveries and other essential items.
We welcome volunteers at both our in person activities as well as those who can assist with food collection and delivery. No experience necessary – just a willingness to help others as they begin their journey in America.
B’nai Mitzvah Projects
A Mitzvah Project engages the child and his/her family in some of the most important values of Judaism: repairing the world (Tikkun Olam) and compassion for others (v’ahavta l’rayecha kamocha). Members of the Tikkun Olam Committee are available to assist students and their parents with exploring possibilities for their B’nai Mitzvah Projects and can help provide ideas and guidance.
Union County Interfaith Day of Prayer
Now in its eighth year, the Day of Prayer brings people ofdifferent backgrounds together to meet and build bonds for the betterment of the community. Join us for an interfaith celebration of unity and fellowship with representatives from many faith groups including Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh traditions.