The Village Temple membership and leadership believe that social action is central to our faith. Therefore, the Temple has a Social Action Committee which focuses on doing justice, not just talking about it. Our soup kitchen, called “almost certainly the city’s finest” by the New York Daily News, has been providing free lunches on Saturdays for 27 years to those who have less. Village Temple members are encouraged to volunteer their time and energy to preparing these homemade meals. In addition, every year the social action committee works on various projects and campaigns that advance the cause of social and economic justice, with a special focus on engaging our children. If you are interested in learning more about this committee or getting involved in its work, please contact the temple office at 212-674-2340.
Disability Awareness Shabbat
Xian Horn is a joyful half-Asian half-Jewish woman with cerebral palsy, who serves as teacher, speaker, beauty advocate, blogger, and Exemplar for the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge toward the creation of Assistive Technology. In May 2017, she was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews.
Xian ran vocational workshops for the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for Disability Mentoring Day and has served the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program’s European delegation. She has spoken at the U.N., the New York Public Library, Apple, and the ReelAbilities film festival (where she is the newest member of the Film Selection and Advisory Committees).
Xian has been featured in The White House Blog’s Women Working To Do Good series, NPR, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, NBC News, among others. In December of 2015, Xian starred in the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s PSA, Give Actually campaign. She is also a blogger for Positively Positive – a community of over 2.5 million readers.
Her latest endeavor is called Changeblazer, Inc, and advocacy, vocational and leadership consultancy working with organizations looking to diversify and focused in aiding the underserved – especially those with disabilities
NYC and DC Women’s March
Shabbat with Ruth Messinger
The Village Temple Mitzvah Day – Washington Square Park Cleanup