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October 2020

The concept of "World Homeless Day" emerged from online discussions between people working to respond to homelessness from various parts of the world. This day of recognition has occurred annually on the 10th of October since 2010. 

Throughout October, Emanu El will have opportunities surrounding homelessness to engage, learn and give:

Mitzvot: SEARCH Survival Kits- Emanu El will be collecting survival kits during our synagogue’s operating hours. Survival kits are helpful items and information that is distributed to people living on the street. These kits can be kept in your car and distributed to those neighbors in need.
You can create a survival kit at home by placing some or all of the following items in a Ziploc bag: bottled water (high priority), Kleenex, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, lip balm, socks, rain poncho and/or a SEARCH resource guide (Emanu El will provide the resource guide)

Tzedakah- As part of Emanu El’s ongoing commitment to fight hunger in Houston and longstanding tradition to collect donations for the Hunger Fund during our Yom Kippur services, Emanu El will be sending the traditional Hunger Fund envelope to our congregants in a Yom Kippur-specific delivery prior to the holiday.
This year as part of a week of activities surrounding World Homeless Day in early October, Emanu El will be directing a portion of Hunger Fund donations to the SEARCH Homeless Services’ Emergency Foods Fund. These monies will go to provide travel friendly, shelf stable foods for the SEARCH Mobile Outreach & Housing Navigation team members to distribute to clients as they work to move them from the streets.

In addition to returning your envelope to the synagogue, you may make donations online to the Edward Wayne Hunger Fund by clicking here.

Learning Through Liturgy, A Sermon: Homelessness & Sukkot
Friday, October 2, 6:00 p.m.

During our Shabbat worship service, a member of our clergy will be sharing a sermon with the congregation tying in the themes of homelessness with the festival holiday of Sukkot. This service will be available on our streaming video page, Facebook, Roku and YouTube channel.

Learning How Communities Address Homelessness with Thao Costis
Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m.
As part of our recognition of World Homeless Day, please join us as we learn from Thao Costis, President and CEO of SEARCH Homeless Services, a leading Houston agency helping people move from the streets, into jobs, and safe, stable housing. During the evening’s program, Costis will share how Houston’s model of addressing homelessness compares to those around the world, the role SEARCH plays in the greater Houston area. This program will be available on the congregation's Facebook page.

Conversations with Marc Eichenbaum
October 7, 12:00 p.m.

During this special edition of Conversations, we will explore the difference between managing homelessness and solving homelessness, what should be considered as helping the homeless population and the challenges the city has faced with its homeless initiatives during the pandemic. Conversations will be available on Emanu El's streaming video page (select Proler Chapel) and Facebook. For those who have missed a previous interview, all Conversations can be found on by clicking here

Thu, May 6 2021 24 Iyar 5781