Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

 Reaching out to repair our world for a better tomorrow…

Our Congregation provides its members with many opportunities for social action. Our programs benefit our soldiers, families, and those struggling in these difficult times.  We reach out to help our congregants, our community and Israel.  By reaching out to people in need, we not only help to repair the world, but also strengthen our titikkunolamJewish identity and provide an important example of our values to our children.

Temple Israel is the proud originator of Community Days on Staten Island. 

Mission statement
To promote Tikkun Olam ( the repair of the world) through  the application of Reform Jewish values

Goals
To focus on assisting the underprivileged and vulnerable children in the Staten Island community

 

DIAPERS:  Yes, we are still collecting diapers to go to the families serviced by Project Hospitality. Food stamps do not cover the cost of diapers, so every donation helps.

FOOD PREPARATIONS: In conjunction with Sisterhood, we are trying to do more food preparations for Project Hospitality.  Please watch the bulletin, calendar, and flyers for the upcoming food preparations.   If you can mix a bowl of ingredients together, if you can peel a carrot, if you can open a can with a can opener, you are qualified!

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Tepper and Pamela Rogozin, Co-Chairs

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APPLAUSE TO THE SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE ON OPERATION BACKPACK

The last week in June, members of the social action committee attended the Silver Lake Head Start graduation ceremony which took place in our social hall. At that time, the preschool graduates were presented with their fully loaded new backpacks which was a project of our social action committee. Congregants made donations to purchase the backpacks and new school supplies to give these youngsters another “head start” as they enter kindergarten in the fall. Additionally and surprisingly at the graduation ceremony, Temple Israel’s social action committee was recognized and presented with a community service award plaque for our continuing efforts in donating a variety of needed items to the preschool over the past few years. We were delighted to be acknowledged by our grateful tenants with whom we have shared our building for almost 20 years.
Temple members present at the ceremony included Judy Scher, Bryn Biren, Inez Singer, Judy Pessah, Linda Brill, Jerry & Karen Gross, and temple secretary Lara Calderon. A special thank you goes out to Barbara Feigelman who purchased the backpacks and the majority of the school supplies.

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TEMPLE ISRAEL PROVIDES ASSISTANCE FOR THE VICTIMS OF SUPERSTORM SANDY. 

Many people lost power and some their homes.  Temple Israel stepped in to help.  We opened our doors to the community to use our social hall to warm up,  power up their computers and phones.  Collections of money, food, clothing and supplies were made and distributed.  

 

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ONGOING PROJECTS

DIAPER DRIVE

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Diapers, and coupons to purchase diapers are being collected to benefit Project Hospitality. Over 3500 diapers have been donated so far.    The feedback has been positive in how this effort continues to fill  a great need in the community and has really made a difference to so many mothers.  The collection bid is located in the lower lobby (by the coat rack) on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings.     Monetary donations are also accepted for the purchase of diapers. 

OPERATION BACKPACK:   Backpacks and school supplies are collected to be presented to the preschoolers graduating from the Silver Lake Head Start Program.                                    Our first Operation Backpack was a big success.   We presented our first collection to the graduates on June 18, 2015.  The program has been a great success every year.

SILVER LAKE HEAD START program:   We are collected cold weather gear, specifically, hats and gloves for the children of the Silver Lake Head Start program.  Also, children’s books (new or gently used) are also appreciated and welcomed.  There is a tote bag in the Temple office to deposit these items.

FOOD PANTRY at Temple Emanuel is in dire need of regular volunteers during the hours of 12-3 on Tuesdays and Thursday, 4-7 on Wednesday, and 5-7 on the last Thursday of the month.  All of the food at the pantry is kosher.  They feed 8,000 per month.

COJO Kosher Food Drive – We collect kosher food items in cans or packages (no glass or perishables).  There are collection bins in the lobby.

Project Hospitality Food Drive – We collect non perishable food items in cans and packages (no glass).

HELP REFOREST ISRAEL PROGRAM – Donating funds to The Jewish National Funds to plant trees lost in the December 2, 2010 fire in Mount Carmel,  Israel.

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RECYCLING TO HELP OUR PLANET WHILE HELPING OTHERS

We care about our earth!  We recycle by collecting cell phones and eye glasses.  The items collected are passed on to organizations who reuse them for people in need.  There are  collection bins in the office. 

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SCHEDULED PROJECTS

Mitzvah Day

Project Hospitality Meal Preparation (Mitzvah Day in May, December 25 and one day during the summer ) to provide nutritious meals for Project Hospitality

Blood Drives

Participation in Breast Cancer Walks for CSI Breast Cancer Research Project and the American Cancer Society.