Through a wide array of activities from all aspects of the Mickve Israel membership, we are very active within the Savannah community from our Sisterhood to our Social Action Committee, just to name a few.
MStar Arts, through Mickve Israel member Carol Greenberg, is forming a communitywide connection through Chain Links, a renewed effort to identify all the teenagers confirmed at Mickve Israel since 1880 while striving to make our unique symbol of Jewish history, the Confirmation Chain, relevant to youth of today and tomorrow. This is being done through a variety of projects including oral histories and the hopes of designing a computer program with an interactive display. To learn more about this project and how you can help, click here to read the Chain Links article from the January/February 2011 edition of Savannah Jewish News.
Our Social Action Committee is involved in a variety of projects within our community. Some of our main programs are highlighted below.
It was September of 2008 when our Social Action Committee asked the congregation to consider helping with the Backpack Buddies Program. And that you did! During the school year we were able to provide needy students at East Broad Elementary School with backpacks filled with complete meals for the weekend. For those involved, the program was very rewarding. We were even featured in Reform Judaism magazine as a successful temple initiative.
In a twenty week period prior to February of 2010, Mickve Israel’s Backpack Buddies program provided 1,152 weekend meals for 51 students at East Broad Elementary School and 7 students at Coastal Georgia Academy containing a minimum of the following items:
The work force that makes this happen consists of approximately 350 man hours and 70 children hours.
In addition to the dedicated volunteers, the program has only been possible because of your generosity with both food and monetary contributions. Backpack Buddies depends upon your continued support.
We have already become a model for others in our community. Please keep the fire burning!
Click here, enter the password of URJ (in all caps) then click on "pictures & videos" to see our Backpack Buddies program in action!
Backpack Buddies Book Drive: In March of 2010, a gently-used book drive was held at East Broad Elementary School at which each student received one free book. Additional books could be purchased for $.25. We collected between 1,500 and 2,000 for this very successful event!
This program offers another way to be of service to students in need. Consider the benefits of becoming a math or reading volunteer at East Broad Elementary School. After a brief training period, you will be matched with one student. What a rewarding experience this will be!
Congregations in Service
Since 2004, this interfaith group representing a diversity of Savannahcongregations has been coordinating one-day volunteer service opportunities at various venues. Members of Mickve Israel participated in a variety of projects in November of 2009 and again in April of 2010.
For additional information on any of these social action activities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, referencing your area of interest.
Congregation Mickve IsraelPO Box 816Savannah, Georgia 31402 P: (912) 233-1547 F: (912) 233-3086