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2017 CAI Hosting IHN Families


The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Essex County is located at 46 Park St. (Central Presbyterian Church) in Montclair, NJ.

The IHN program provides emergency shelter and meals 365 days a year through a network of 25 churches and synagogues in Essex County. Three to five families (up to 14 people) stay at a different house of worship each week where dedicated volunteers express hospitality by providing a safe and comfortable temporary home for our families.  They furnish sleeping quarters and a hospitality room where guests relax, socialize, do homework and watch television.

A coordinator at each congregation is responsible for scheduling volunteers to prepare meals, serve as evening and overnight hosts, coordinate activities, organize supplies and assist guests as needed.  During the day, families can stay at the IHN Family Service & Resource Center to meet with their case manager, access phones and computers and use the shower facilities. After school, children return to the Center to do their homework or play before they're taken back to the host congregation.

Congregation Agudath Israel will be hosting the IHN families from Sunday, July 16 - Sunday, July 23. We need the help of approximately 50 volunteers from our congregation for this week. Experienced volunteers from our neighbor, the Caldwell United Methodist Church, as well as from Notre Dame Church have kindly offered to provide assistance if needed. This is our third year as a host congregation. Although many of our congregants have participated in this program at other sites, we hope to expand our volunteer base to include new families.

In addition to volunteering time, donations of food items, supermarket gift cards, paper goods, diapers, and any last minute necessities are welcomed.

If you have any questions about volunteering, sign up or donations, please feel free to contact Karen Eisenberg at 973-226-7493, or Seth Fliegler at 917-679-7579,


Our Social Action and Interfaith Committees are looking for new members to join us in advancing the social justice agenda at CAI and finding common cause with other congregations within our community. We are commanded by our Torah to pursue justice. These committees offer a meaningful way to join together so we can make a difference.

With your help, we can translate our prayers for a better world into deeds. Our programming will include hands-on helping of the poor and infirm, presentations to our Congregation, advocacy for Jewish values of justice and compassion in the public sector, and participation in community-wide events/demonstrations. There is no better time to become involved in formulat­ing and implementing our CAI justice agenda.

Please join us by contacting Karen Eisenberg or Seth Fliegler, co-chairs of the Social Action Committee, or Glenn Sachs, Chair of the Interfaith Committee.

January 16,2018 /  29 Tevet 5778