“Fauxnight” Run 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 4:00-7:00 p.m. in-person at Bet Torah (Zoom options available!) – Add to calendar.
In this year unlike any other, we have tried to replicate the key component of our traditional Midnight Run: a forum for our teens to connect with New Yorkers in need of support.
Learn about food security in NY and to connect families with important information and resources to support them during these difficult times. Teens will receive training and a call script. They will not be using their real cell phone numbers.
6:00-7:00 – Learn from artist and activist Shams DaBaron aka Da Homeless Hero.
Shams is an activist currently in tremendous demand as an expert speaker on the issue of homelessness. He will be giving a presentation, followed by a moderated discussion with Rabbi Lisa Sacks, and then a Q&A for teens to ask their own questions. In addition to teaching about homelessness and its impact on people, he will also be sharing his thoughts on how teens can become activists and advocates themselves.
Shams will be joining us over Zoom.
Sign up process:
- Sign up with Bet Torah
- If you haven’t already, you must register for TLC. (When you get to program selection, leave it blank.) NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Sign up with Repair required by Sunday, November 8 at noon to participate in Hunger Hotline.
Thank you for completing all three steps!
This year, our “Fauxnight Run” is open to all of Bet Torah’s congregants in 8th-12th grade, and paid BTUSYers. We will probably have to re-institute our age limits in the future.
Shams DaBaron, also known as Da Homeless Hero, is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and hip-hop pioneer currently experiencing homelessness. Shams is currently a resident of the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side.
Hunger Free America (formerly known as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger) is a nonpartisan, national nonprofit organization building the movement to enact the policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food.
Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. We believe service in support of social change is vital to a flourishing Jewish community and an inspired Jewish life. By 2030, Repair will inspire and catalyze one million acts of service towards repairing the world.
Midnight Run coordinates over 1,000 relief missions per year, in which volunteers distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission.
Midnight Run is not a solution to homelessness. Our goal is to forge a bond between housed and homeless people by establishing a foundation of sharing and caring from which solutions may evolve. Through Midnight Run, volunteers come to see people on the streets as real people, not a commodity. And homeless men and women interact with mainstream adults and teenagers whose commitments and concerns go beyond their own lives and families.
Every year, our Midnight Run is Bet Torah’s way of helping the homeless in Manhattan. The night before Veterans Day*, we travel by bus at night into the city to deliver much-needed food and clothing to those who are less fortunate. The homeless look forward to our support every year.
Our Run offers teens the opportunity to have real interaction with the homeless. The homeless look forward to the distraction from their present situations, and teens can make a difference for a night in their lives by treating them with respect and dignity.
*Most schools are closed the next day in observance of Veterans Day.