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Why Giving Your Time Matters

Social Action is at the core of Barnert Temple.  It’s central to the life of our congregation.  Making a positive impact on people’s lives doesn’t require lots of time or money.  All it takes is a willingness to step outside yourself.

To act.  Do one thing, take one step - and see the change that results.

It’s amazing how much can be accomplished by spending just a few minutes, or an hour or two focused on making change.  Don’t have a lot of time?  That’s okay.  All the initiatives we’re involved with can use your help, without requiring significant time.  Here are some of them.

Barnert Garden

Come work in the garden and help with Barnert’s weekly Friday Farmer’s Market. Raise money and awareness to help support the Center for Food Action in Mahwah.

Social Action Co Chairs:  Rebecca Holland,; Sue Klein,; Donna Meyer,


Habitat for Humanity

Help to build energy-efficient, affordable homes for qualified low-income first-time home buyers in Paterson, NJ.

Chair:  Rich Edelman -


Caring Community

When Barnert Temple members experience loss, adversity, or just need a helping hand, we are here to help: including cooking; sending cards, flowers, etc.; and driving members to and from services, Temple events, and doctor appointments.

Co Chairs:  Patti Bieth,; Debbie Birrer,; Aviva Sanders,


St. Paul’s Shelter

Contribute either a portion of the meal—for example, meatloaf, starch, salad, or dessert – or warm, transport, or serve meals to residents.

Chair:  Judy Halle -



This Paterson-based organization provides food and support for a community in need. Volunteer to sort and pack groceries or contact us to discuss other ways you can make a difference.

Chair:  Jodi Fader -


Interfaith Community Dinners and Events

Participate in an interfaith potluck; visit a mosque or church to learn about other religions and cultures; help someone in need.

Chair:  Rebecca Holland -


Center for Hope and Safety

Formerly Shelter Our Sisters, the Center for Hope and Safety is dedicated to assisting women and children who are victims of domestic violence by turning fear into safety, helplessness into strength, and isolation into hope. CHS provides emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, and a full array of social services.

Chair:  Amy Lynn –

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