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Rebecca's Tent (Shearith Israel Shelter)

Rebecca's Tent, formerly known as Shearith Israel Shelter for Women, is operated by the Congregation of Shearith Israel, an egalitarian Conservative synagogue located just around the corner from Morningside at 1180 University Avenue.  Rebecca's Tent night shelter has been in operation for more than a quarter-century, and Shearith Israel was the first synagogue in the nation to open a homeless shelter.  The shelter operates from mid-November to mid-March, seven days a week, and provides shelter and hot meals to thirteen residents. The shelter also refers residents to organizations that offer employment and personal counseling, computer and job skills training, medical care, and other important services. 

Morningside's participation:

Each year, Morningside provides a week of volunteer hosts in January and February. Two volunteers at the shelter from 6:15 p.m. until about 8:00 p.m. help serve dinner (prepared by others), visit with the guests and learn more about this important outreach. We also collect coats, scarves, mittens, gloves and hats at our Christmas Pageant/Carol Sing in December.

How you can get involved:

Click here to volunteer to stay at the shelter during our weeks in January or February.

Last Published: February 1, 2017 9:16 PM