Met Council and National Council of Jewish Women Launch We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking
Spearheaded by National Council of Jewish Women New York Section, co-chaired by Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and additional coalition partners launch the educational tool kits for: We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking is a multi-organizational anti-sex trafficking initiative. The coalition has come together to address the critical issue of sex trafficking in the community. We Were Slaves intends to educate, advocate and create a dialogue about the impact sex trafficking has on our community and what we can do to prevent it.
Please join us for a Shabbat as Jewish communities around the United States come together for an End Sex Trafficking Shabbat. We have put together tools for Jewish communities to take action, including suggestions for sermons and other ways to get involved. To help spark action in your congregation and your community, please visit the website for our extended toolkit or contact us at 646.884.9468.
Met Council Volunteers Cook Up Thanksgiving Dinner for Local Seniors
Ahead of Thanksgiving, 40 volunteers with Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty served 50 low-income seniors at Met Council’s Linda and Jerome Spitzer Residence. By partnering with Met Council, the volunteers are empowered to make an immediate and direct impact on the lives of our clients. The joyful holiday meal, included: Turkey and gravy, chopped salad with honey mustard dressing, maple roasted Brussels sprouts and parsnips and crustless sweet potato pie
The dinner was part of Met Council’s year-round Senior Lunch Program. Every Sunday, Met Council volunteers serve senior residents at The Linda and Jerome Spitzer Residence. The Senior Lunch Program ensures that our low income clients receive a hot, nutritional meal. It provides them with a social network of volunteers, as well as fosters a sense of community in the housing sites so that residents get to know their neighbors.
Students From Newton, CT Volunteer with Met Council to Bring Holiday Cheer to Sandy Survivors
In time for the holiday season, 15 students from Newtown Congregational Church volunteered at Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty’s Abraham Residence, home to 116 formerly homeless residents. The students created new decorations for Chanukah and Christmas in order to bring holiday cheer to the residents. Hurricane Sandy destroyed the holiday decorations when the storm severely damaged the building’s basement and heating systems. This Christmas will be the first anniversary of the residents returning home following three months of living in temporary housing because of the superstorm.