Answering Calls to Action
B’nai Jeshurun is often called upon to respond to a situation or to crises as they arise. Over the years, BJ has mobilized its members to assist in raising awareness about a problem and/or funds for a community in crisis. We have taken action in response to the 9/11 attacks, the AIDS/HIV Epidemic, the genocide in Sudan, attacks on women’s rights, the demonization of Muslim Americans, homophobia, Hurricane Katrina, the South Asian Tsunami, environmental crises like climate change, unemployment in the BJ community, and more. We have established relationships with local, national, and international organizations to mobilize both monetary support and the human capital of BJ members. Our response to these crises sometimes gives rise to long-term commitments to ongoing volunteer efforts.
Natural Disaster Relief
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, over a thousand people have lost their lives and survivors are left without food, electricity, or basic shelter. While the American Jewish World Service is working to provide both immediate relief and long term recovery for the people of Haiti, the Red Cross has launched its own initiative to aid storm survivors across the US. Visit AJWS or American Red Cross to learn more about how you can support their efforts during this time of need.
We Were Strangers Once: The Jewish Response to the Global Refugee Crisis
There are more refugees and displaced persons in the world today than at any time since World War II. Conflict and persecution is driving millions from their homes, leaving them stateless and vulnerable. BJ has been researching ways for us as a community to respond to this crisis. Through a partnership with HIAS, and emerging relationships with other organizations, we are educating our community about this issue and developing opportunities to volunteer, advocate, and raise our Jewish voice.
Hazon New York Bike Ride and Retreat with the BJ Revoluntionaries
Since 2000, Hazon has hosted the annual Jewish Environmental Bike Rides across North America. The rides offer an outdoor immersion experience and bring people together for a relaxing Shabbat celebration followed by a fully supported two-day bike ride. The rides have raised over $1.5 million dollars for Hazon and Jewish environmental organizations and projects in the United States and Israel. The BJ Revolutionaries team has participated in the Hazon New York Bike Ride and Retreat since 2004.
We organize blood drives at BJ for the New York Blood Center, which is one of the largest community-based, nonprofit blood collection and distribution organizations in the United States. We reach out to both our BJ community and to our neighbors to collect as many donations as possible. Blood is distributed to all in need including cancer and surgery patients, accident and burn victims, AIDS and sickle cell anemia patients, transplant recipients, hemophiliacs and many others. BJ Blood Drives are generally in the spring and fall. Check back for the next drive whenever we don’t have one scheduled.