Judaism understands that we can improve the world through a sacred partnership with God — Tikkun Olam or “repairing the world.” Our Social Action Committee guides our congregation as it pursues this goal through education, advocacy and gemilut chasadim, “acts of loving kindness.” At Temple Sinai everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the important projects the Social Action committee organizes.
This annual TSG event allows everyone from religious school students to seniors in our community to get a hands-on opportunity to participate in social action. Each class does their own special project to help repair the world. Projects we’ve done include stocking shelves at the SOVA food pantry, making paper flowers and serving lunches at the Glendale Senior Center, helping with local park cleanup, sewing tote bags for the homeless, sorting and bagging toiletries for battered women, and many more.
During the religious school year, students are encouraged to bring monetary contributions each week. Once a year, the Social Action Committee organizes a fair where volunteers from outside organizations staff tables to explain to the students about important causes. Each class then decides which organizations they want their tzedakah money to go to at the end of the year.
The causes we support break down into the following categories:
LOVING KINDNESS – GEMILUT CHASADIM
REPAIRING THE WORLD – TIKKUN OLAM
GUARDING THE EARTH – SHOMREI ADAMAH