Tikkun Olam (Social Action)
Making the world a better place is a key tenet of Reform Judaism; tikkun olam translates to “repairing the world,” and it’s our obligation as Jews. At Temple Israel, we define this commitment with numerous social action initiatives. Among them:
- For the West Palm Beach Food Pantry, yearlong we conduct food collection with a special drive during the High Holy Days.
- Twice-monthly, a volunteer team mans the Pantry, which is one of several established in Palm Beach County by CROS Ministries, checking in clients, enrolling new ones, stocking the shelves, and distributing groceries. To learn more, click here.
- We prepare and serve dinner on Christmas Day for those in need at St. George’s Church in Riviera Beach. It’s been a Temple Israel tradition for over 20 years.
- We collect and donate Publix gift cards during the High Holy Days to benefit families supported by Alpert Jewish Family and Children’s Service.
- We provide financial support to the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County, and once a month a group of our volunteers travels to a local elementary school to read to 1st graders.
- Bringing greater awareness about controversial issues affecting our community and finding solutions to help address them, Temple Israel hosts an interactive series, “Courageous Conversations,” which includes a facilitated dialogue between experts, congregants and guests. To date, we’ve covered a range of subjects: gun violence prevention, suicide prevention and mental health, race relations, the impact of substance abuse, and combating poverty.
Aiding the Homeless
- Supporting nearby St. Ann Place Homeless Outreach Center, we collect and donate clothing and grooming needs and pitch in for special meal programs.
Social Justice Advocacy
- Every 6-8 weeks, Rabbi Olshein and a contingent of 4-5 Temple Israel members meet with the leadership of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s regional office to discuss and advocate on key issues of concern. Additionally, throughout the year letter-writing and call-in campaigns are organized to other of our national as well as state and local representatives. Outreach not only to government officials but also to organizations, institutions and businesses that impact our community is encouraged as we try to model how people can find common ground to move forward together on troubling issues of the day.
Click here to reach our Social Action Chair, Roslyn Leopold. Or, call Temple Israel, 561-833-8421 for more information on how you can become involved.