Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation is committed to supporting social action projects such as Dignity Grows. The word “tzedek,” means justice. Tzedek is the root of the word Tzedakah, which is commonly thought to mean charity. When we help those in need, we are helping to make the world a more just place.
Rise Against Hunger
On March 2 we participated in our fourth food packing event for this wonderful charity. In 1 hour, the participants packed over 10,000 meals! Very rewarding and fun!
2024 Rise Against Hunger
2024 Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger packing party
Rise Against Hunger packing party
Rise Against Hunger packing party
Rise Against Hunger packing party
Rise Against Hunger packing party
Rise Against Hunger packing party
We will have our third annual packing party – on September 10 2pm at First Congregational Church in Southington – in Memorial Hall or the parking lot, depending on weather.
We raised a total of $2,260 with the help of our entire GSJC community and First Congregational Church members. This will go a long way to helping so many! On May 22, 2022 we packed 250 bags!
Dignity Grows provides hygiene and menstrual products to people who menstruate so that they can fully participate in their lives. Without this help, these people in need, in our own communities, are unable to go to work or attend school approximately 25% of the time.
Dignity Grows packing party.
Dignity Grows packing event
Packed 250 bags to help those in need!

GSJC Volunteers to Pack Bags for Dignity Grows (first annual)

On June 6th, volunteers from Gishrei Shalom packed toiletry bags for those in need in Southington and the greater Hartford area.  We raised the money to pack 80 bags!

Dignity Grows Packing Party

Dignity Grows Packing Party
Affordable Connectivity Program 
GSJC is making sure those in need are aware of this federal program


Social Action Project for 5775

Southington LogoGSJC has decided to support Southington Community Services (SCS) and help our local neighbors in need.  We want to do this in two ways – one for items that they need, and the other in monetary donations that will benefit their fuel relief fund.  SCS serves almost 500 families each month,  which works out to about 1000 people.  Approximately 35% of those served are children, and more than 40% are seniors.

Food always requested:

•tuna fish •canned meats •cereal •peanut butter
•jelly •juice •pasta •pasta sauce
•macaroni and cheese •soup •children’s snacks

Non-food items are also needed:

•shampoo •conditioner •soap
•toothpaste •toothbrushes •lotions
•shaving supplies •laundry detergent •other household cleaning supplies

A box has been set up in the hallway outside the GSJC office at the First Congregational Church for donations to be dropped off.  Please start picking up the items listed above and dropping them off when you can.  We will accumulate the donations to bring to SCS at the end of March.

The other focus we have is SCS’s energy assistance program.  Gas, oil and electricity bills climb in the winter, and unless certain conditions are met, the utility companies can turn off service for non-payment.  Even though some state statutes prevent shutoffs in the winter, back payments accrue and shutoffs can be affected in the spring.  Fuel relief funds such as the one in Southington help families struggling to keep their utilities on make payments to the companies.   Utility shut offs are highly correlated with other issues of poverty, educational achievement, and health indicators in children.  The bottom line is that there are people in our backyard who have to choose between heating their homes and feeding their families, and we can help make a difference in their lives.

If you would like to make a donation towards the fuel relief fund, please make your check out to GSJC and send it to Robyn so we can consolidate it into one donation to the fund.

GSJC Volunteers Serve Christmas Dinner at Bread for Life

On December 25th, volunteers from Gishrei Shalom served Christmas Dinner at Bread for Life in Southington. This has become an annual event on the part of GSJC so that Christian volunteers can enjoy the Christmas holiday.