Pack Emergency Food Bags for Jewish Family Services
Temple Emanu-El is committed to fighting hunger and making sure that everyone in our community is food secure. Each month, we dedicate one day to pack 100 emergency food bags for JFS to help local families. These bags contain Kosher non-perishable essential foods such as cereal (non-sugar), crackers, peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, pasta, tomato sauce, rice, canned beans, green beans, corn or other vegetable, canned fruit or applesauce.
Saturday Morning Fun Club

Saturday Mornings at our Temple are so very special. Most Shabbat mornings, in the Sanctuary and the Chapel, our wonderful B’nai Mitzvah students are standing before their family and friends and leading the congregation in prayers, teaching what they learned, and reading from the Torah for the first time. 

Park Cleanups

The outdoors has served as such great therapy for all of us over the past year, where we could breathe fresh air and stretch our legs after spending way too much time indoors. That said, with more people spending time in our parks and less organized park clean-ups, there has also been a build-up of litter in our forests and streams. We should remember how inextricably linked our human health is with the very ecosystems that support us. 

Housing the Homeless/Family Promise
Family Promise helps families experiencing homelessness in Union County by providing shelter, food and support services. Typically during this time of year, Temple Emanu-El would house clients of Family Promise in our building and provide them with food, shelter and companionship.
Rise Against Hunger

Each year at Temple Emanu-El, we team up with Rise Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization. Not only do we raise thousands of dollars, but we also pack pack 20,000 meals for families who are in need right from our own building. This program typically takes place in December and is perfect for families of all ages.