Kitah Zayin has been studying tzedakah, and how it aims to bring more justice and help into our world. The first part of our study was for the Teshuva Carnival and how we can improve ourselves by understanding the needs of others and helping them. The second part of our study has asked us to look beyond ourselves and see the needs of our community to see how we help. We recognize that here in San Jose we have a lot of people who are homeless.
This week, we met with an organization whose mission is to help people that are experiencing homelessness to get food, shelter, and clothes. PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) has a mission to, “end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. PATH envisions a world where every person has a home.”
We know that we can not provide them a home – but we can certainly help!
Kitot Vav and Zayin had the opportunity to meet with PATH case managers Mei Curry and Joseph Murillo this week, along with their Program Manager Ryvenna Altman, who is a Yavneh third grade parent. It was wonderful to have a member of our community help us connect with and understand sections of the greater San Jose community.
In honor of Chanukah and the fact that it is turning very cold and wet outside, we want to make sure everyone around us is kept as dry and warm as possible. In the Torah it says, “צדק צדק תרדוף Justice, justice shall you pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Help us pursue justice with PATH by looking in your closet and finding any gently used:
- Sleeping bags
- Underwear (these need to be new)
PATH welcomes all sizes, especially mens L-XXL. All colors are acceptable but darker clothes are preferred.
Please bring the items that you want to donate to school and put them in the colorful bins that will be in the lobby.
Thank you for your contribution,