Social Action Update

Social Action updates are posted every week on the Social Action page of our website and on this website calendar.

• WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18: Wine and Cheese for Refugees Bob Schwartz & Ellen Brown are having a wine and cheese party at their home at 7:30PM to provide information as well as raise funds to re-settle a Syrian family. This is part of our ongoing campaign with Najda Now, and fellow congregant Adam Haber will be there to answer questions as well. Please email Bob ( to RSVP, or with any questions.

• THURSDAY, APRIL 19: Long Island Together’s Rapid Response Networks will meet from 2pm-4pm. Come learn how to be a helpful responder to immigration raids in our area! Email for exact location.

• THURSDAY,  APRIL 19: Laundry Love will be from 5:30 to 8:30pm in Manorhaven.
Please indicate whether you would prefer to work from 5:30 – 7:00 (arriving by 5:15 please) or from 7:00 – to 8:30 (arriving by 6:55 please.) They especially need volunteers for the 7-8:30pm shift tomorrow! Email coordinator Maureen Peraza ( if you can make it!

• SUNDAY, APRIL 22: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church of Port Washington (9 Carlton Ave) is hosting Fr. Gilmartin representing Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods (LI-CAN). He will be speaking about their program to Fight the Opioid Epidemic in Long Island and how we as congregations and a community can help. He will be giving a presentation during the 10am Service, in the Church, as well as after services during our Coffee hour at 11:15am in the Parish Hall

• MONDAY, APRIL 23: Albany Day for New York Climate Action Governor Cuomo says New York is a “leader” on climate change. However, the reality is that New York is drastically behind on our renewable energy goals, environmental justice, and more. Join this energetic and family-friendly march and rally outside the Capitol building that will include an opportunity to participate in a civil disobedience action. This will be the largest climate rally ever directed at Cuomo in Albany. The Long Island Progressive Coalition will have buses leaving from Nassau CountyRSVP today!

• MONDAY, APRIL 23: Together to End Solitary Confinement, 6:30 pm in the Worship Room, UUCSR, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset. Advocates for ending prolonged solitary confinement gather on the 23rd of every month, remembering those who are in segregated confinement 23 hours a day. After a vigil in the worship room, we will go to the art gallery to view and discuss the video presentation, A Case Study on Mass Incarceration with James Bell, J.D., Founder and Executive Director, The W. Haywood Burns Institute.  

• MONDAY, APRIL 23:  A Conversation with Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, 7:30pm. Hagedorn Room, Port Washington Public Library. Long Island Together will host a moderated Q&A on topics such as Environment, Education, Immigration/Diversity and Clean Government issues. Please send your questions (Ms. Curran’s time is limited; please be succinct) to Allison White (  Welcome to bring friends and family … But please RSVP.
• SUNDAY APRIL 29: Youth 4 Youth, at Dolphin Bookshop & Cafe, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, a concert featuring local kids supporting their fellow youth and the Summer Together Program.

• ACCOMPANY IMMIGRANTS TO COURT DATES Are you interested in protecting innocent undocumented immigrants in our community? The immigrant organizer for Long Island Jobs with Justice is Victoria Daza, and anyone from our congregation who wants to get added to the email notification for accompaniment can send her a request: The role is to bear witness and provide a show of support from the larger community. Contact Robin Sigman for more info.

Greetings! The community was so generous a couple of years ago for my son Zach's Bar Mitzvah--we collected close to 1000 books and brought them to the Louis Armstrong school in Queens. Now my daughter Rianna is collecting journal books, sketch books, writing instruments (nice markers, pencils) for donation to the Jamaica Learning Center, a special school that serves recent immigrants to the US.  These students have very few material resources and are working on literacy skills.  We plan to bring as many of these art/writing materials to them as possible in May.  If you have any such materials you'd like to donate, text me at 646-895-2307 and Rianna will pick them up from your home or RSNS on April 21-22. In gratitude! Dr. Laura Baecher