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Growing up, I was taught that we fast on Yom Kippur in order to set aside our physical needs and focus fully on our souls. It was a day for personal reflection—to critically assess your actions from the last year, repent for the missteps, and commit to being better in the upcoming year. I heard stories of people making amends with estranged family members and apologizing to a friend for a thoughtless joke. It was a solemn day of contemplation and prayer that would strengthen your connection with God.
During Tu BiShvat, we focus our attention towards the environment and environmental issues.
The Temple revamped its Social Action Committee by creating pledge cards in which congregants can indicate which type of Social Action projects they are interested in doing and how often they are available.
A new and successful program to educate congregants about diverse disaster relief initiatives and to raise funds to support people in need throughout the world.
During the High Holy Days and following month, congregation collects packages of underwear to distribute to local homeless community.
The Temple's religious school engaged in a year long project to support Ethiopian Jewry. They sold embroidery, hosted a Ethiopian-themed Shabbat, and created a national photo exhibit.
Social Action calendar was created to allow congregants to choose activities that fit in their schedule.
The Temple opened its High Holiday services to people with hearing difficulties.
The Temple partnered with two churches in the South Bronx in order to foster connections between the communities.