Our congregation is committed to doing Mitzvot, whether performed as a large Temple community, in small groups, or as individuals. The concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world) is central to TSTI’s philosophy. Our Social Action program serves to help provide opportunities for everyone to engage in meaningful efforts to help those in need and to achieve social justice.
As one unified TSTI community, we collect non-perishable food during the High Holy Days for our annual, significant donation to foodbanks and other social service organizations. Throughout the entire year we collect and distribute food and diapers at the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges. Trial sized toiletries (including hotel “freebies”) are also collected and distributed to organizations servicing those in need.
TSTI members organize and support several meaningful ongoing social action opportunities and we would love for you to join us:
Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges (orangesfoodpantry.org)
Volunteers are needed to pick up donated food (from our IFPO partners Panera Bread, Goldberg’s Bagels, Sonny’s Bagels, and Whole Foods) as well as staff the Food Pantry on Wednesdays from 8:15-11:30am except the first week of each month. TSTI is responsible for the 4th Wednesday of each month, and helpers are needed other Wednesdays mornings too. Adults, teens, and children over 5 (with parental supervision) are welcome. Opportunities are offered throughout the year to help in other ways at other times, including staffing food drives on weekends, participating in food packing events like End Hunger 3.6, helping with prep the Sunday before our Thanksgiving distribution, and collecting new toys for Holiday distribution.
Please contact Janet Schwamm or call 973-379-2533.
Dress for Success
We collect and deliver professional clothing for disadvantaged women to promote economic independence. Contact Susan Siegeltuch or call 973-378-8635.
TSTI Thanksgiving Turkey, Clothing and Food Drive
We organize, collect and deliver for the IFPO the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Contact Lisa Goldberg Ozer .
TSTI Second Saturday Soup Kitchen
Our ongoing monthly project to cook and serve Saturday lunch at the Church of the Epiphany on the second Saturday of the month. If you’d like to be on our soup kitchen list contact Amanda Jaffe and Karyn Leit at tstisoupkitchen@gmail.
If you have an idea for an additional, meaningful project you would like to coordinate, please contact Lisa Goldberg Ozer . She will help you get organized and make it happen at TSTI.
How else can you help?
Our Mitzvah Directory contains an extensive listing of opportunities, primarily local or projects with Jewish connections. It lists service projects, political action ideas, teen summer opportunities, even ways to “click” and do good! Check out the directory for many places to donate all those things cluttering your home that could be so helpful to others (and often provide you with a tax deduction as well): clothing, baby items, furniture, appliances, household goods, food, and more. Please click here for expanded Directory.
The Reform Movement takes an active role in many pressing issues of our times, including those that affect people nationally and worldwide. Learn more at urj.org/socialaction.
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) For fifty years, the RAC has educated and mobilized the American Jewish community on legislative and social concerns as an advocate in Congress on issues ranging from Israel and Soviet Jewry to economic justice; from civil rights to international peace and religious liberty. If you are interested in political action, visit rac.org to find out about action you can take to help repair the world.