Rebecca’s Tent, formerly known as Shearith Israel Shelter for Women, was opened in 1983 by the Congregation of Shearith Israel, an egalitarian Conservative synagogue located just around the corner from Morningside at 1180 University Avenue NE, Atlanta 30306. Rebecca's Tent night shelter has been in operation for more than a quarter-century, and when founded, it was one of the first women’s shelters in the City of Atlanta and the first homeless shelter housed in a synagogue in the United States. The shelter operates from mid-November to mid-March, seven days a week, and provides shelter and hot meals to thirteen residents. Rebecca’s Tent also refers residents to organizations that offer employment and personal counseling, computer and job skills training, medical care, and other important services (you can learn more about Rebecca’s Tent on their website).
Each year, Morningside provides a week of volunteer hosts in January and February. Two volunteers stay 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/Chili Cook-off in December.
How you can get involved
Send an email if you are interested in volunteering to stay at the shelter during our weeks in January or February.