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's Client In The New York Times
Over Thanksgiving The New York Times Neediest Cases profiled how Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty helped Sam Shacked, an entrepreneur and artist who grew up in Israel, immigrated to New York, and fell on hard times. Read the New York Times story.
For more than 100 years, The New York Times has asked readers for contributions to its Neediest Cases Fund, to give direct assistance to troubled children, families and elders. The Fund has raised more than $250 million.
Photo by: Uli Seit for The New York Times
Eighth Annual Volunteer Recognition Event
On December 3, 2013 Met Council celebrated its eighth annual Volunteer Recognition event to publically thank the 2013 volunteers. The night highlighted Met Council’s 40 for 40 initiative and honored the volunteers’ impactful work.
“Volunteers this year have impressed and amazed us,” said Met Council’s Volunteer Department Manager, Stefanie Greenberg. “With the willingness and insightfulness of our volunteers we have created even higher impact volunteering. It is such an honor for me, that I get to stand up here and boast about all of you and all the great work that you’ve done with Met Council for the community; from raising awareness of the horrors of domestic violence, to cleaning neighborhoods following Hurricane Sandy to connecting New Yorkers with City programs they desperately need.”
In celebration of Met Council’s 40 years of service in the community, we engaged 42 partners in volunteer service throughout the month of Cheshvan (Oct 6th to Nov 3rd) in tandem with UJA-Federation’s Jewish Social Action Month (JSAM) grant. More than 300 volunteers participated in the 40 for 40 initiative to combat hunger, domestic violence, poverty and assist with Sandy Relief work in New York. In total Met Council engaged 300 volunteers in 700 hours of service.
The night concluded by honoring:
The Annual Marvin Cohen Volunteer of the Year
Emma Golod & Raisa Titayevkaya Z"l
Most Dedicated Award
Mary Bays & Andrew Schaeffer
Jodi Smith & Geoff Cutler
Most Creative Award
Stacey Cohen, Trevor Smith & Kevin Wilson
Sandy Recovery Award
Madelyn Freundlich & Organization Reaching for the Empowerment of Youth(Orey)