TKAE  Social Action

will serve as a calendar and resource to our social action and social justice initiatives as a religious community.  As a temple community, we do so much to help those around us in need.  We have seen the great work of our EC community in helping others and the smiling faces of our students as they collect their gifts of tzedaka, we have helped feed the hungry with our teens and seen the impact on their lives, our temple food drives during the holidays have donated hundreds of pounds of food, our temple friends work so hard to make children’s lives better.  But we also know that helping to heal the world through our efforts in tikkun olum we also require persistence and advocacy, and we are working to educate and help our community on issues of the environment and climate change.

In the past our synagogue held a mitzvah day reaching outward and inward to create a positive change and inspire our community and we will do so again to commemorate the good work that we do and to come together again to forge a vision and mission ahead – not for one day, but for our prophetic voice as a people.

Beginning in the month of September our Early Childhood students and classrooms will begin a yearlong collection of broken or damaged crayons to be used for the Crayon Initiative, a program that helps imagination and inspiration through crayons.  These broken or damaged crayons will be used to re manufacture new crayons to help others.

In October the EC will be hosting a Fun Run to encourage our children to be active and support others in raising funds for the Special Olympics Broward County Nova Sharks Team. Last year the EC raised over $800 in their efforts.

If you have any broken or damaged crayons or have access to collecting them or wish to help with our Fun Run for the Special Olympics, please contact the EC office at 954-472-8700.

In September and October our temple’s Women of Reform Judaism group will be: Sponsoring a honey fundraiser in which we will recognize all of our teachers and staff with kudos and honey baskets for the high holidays.  Sponsoring an All-School Challah Bake for our RS students on 9/10.   Begin to implement our initiative in the senior center to provide lay-led farewell services for the seniors upon the passing of their friends. Oftentimes upon the death of a senior who lives or attends these centers, there is no opportunity for their friends at the centers to grieve or say goodbye. Work on the garden and other environmental initiatives.  WRJ is available to help with Shivas at the request of any temple member upon the passing of a loved one.

Religious School & Youth Group Social Action Projects for September, October & November are asking for - Kosher Food Cans, Gently Used Costumes & Clothes, Canned Items for Thanksgiving Baskets.

Of course, as we gather for the High Holy Days, we will once again be collecting nonperishable food items to donate to the hungry.  As we read in the Book of Isaiah chapter 58, our fasting should be for the poor.  This year we welcome a new food pantry in our community: the Goodman Jewish Family Services- Cupboard - a kosher food pantry.  On Yom Kippur we will be seeking both Kosher and non-kosher food items for collection.

This page will also serve as a instrument for our community.  If you have a social action or social justice initiative that you would like to partner with our community or have a need for volunteers for a program, please contact Rabbi Needleman at the temple office.