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Temple Israel's Social Action Committee participates in a broad range of activities to do our part toward Tikkun Olam, Healing the World.  Our programs address issues of hunger, shelter, and literacy within the London community.  We encourage interfaith harmony and mutual respect.  We provide information about how to assist with disaster relief in the wider world. Please join in on Social Action programs -- they are not just for the committee -- everyone is encouraged to participate.

Social Action Meetings

The Temple Israel Social Action Committee continues to meet to make soup for local shelters and to plan social action-themed events. As always, all Temple Israel members are welcome at our events, which are announced on the temple website and through the weekly email. Most of our events are suitable for members of all ages. For more information, please contact Nancy Davis.

Social Action meetings (TISA) are typically held on the second Thursday of each month (7:00 - 9:00 pm). Dates do vary, so check the website to be sure.
The next meeting will be TBA at Temple Israel. 

Social Action co-chairs are Nancy Davis and Lisa Faden.   (Lisa is taking a break from TISA responsibilities for a while.  We wish her a refuah shleimah, a speedy and compete recovery and reutrn to full strength.  In the meantime, please send TISA communication to Nancy Davis.)

 


Social Action Report

The Social Action Committee is looking forward to a busy and productive fall and we're seeking your support and participation! 

Keep checking this space for more information about opportunities to promote positive change and how the Social Action Committee allocates your donations. We welcome all members to participate in our monthly meetings and activities, which are posted in the weekly Temple email. If you'd like more information about the committee please contact Nancy Davis at nancy3davis@gmail.com.


Syrian Refugees Support

On March 29th Aileen Wittstein, supported by Barbara Gabriel and Randy Kissack of the Social Action Committee, welcomed Dr. Sherin Hussein of the Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) to our congregation to speak about the supports provided to new Canadians in London, particularly Syrian refugees. Dr. Sherin described how the CCLC supports new Canadians in London with its comprehensive system of services. These services are extensive, and include housing, language skill development, job support, and helping individuals and families connect to the community. She spoke warmly about the challenges and deep rewards of working to help families feel safe, comfortable, and welcome in their new home. It was a wonderful talk, and many members of the community were able to express both their hopes and concerns about supporting Syrian newcomers in taking their first steps in Canada. It was gratifying to see so many people from the congregation participate in learning more about opportunities to support Syrian refugees and other newcomers in London. The outpouring of interest and support was a wonderful expression of Jewish commitment to service and social action. It appeared that there are many areas of need, particularly in the realms of education and mental health, and also that there are many people within our community who have both the skills and the will to help. For those of you who are eager to become involved in supporting refugees in our community, a first step is to call CCLC at 519-432-1133 to register for the new volunteer orientation that is held on the evening of the first Monday of every month. At the meeting, you can obtain a voucher to get the required police background check at a reduced volunteer rate. After this initial process, finding an appropriate volunteer placement can be made. The Social Action Committee intends to continue to develop a relationship with the CCLC, and we will keep the congregation informed about opportunities and progress in this area.

By Nancy Davis 


Food Sorts

Food Sorts take place on the first Wednesday of the month, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at the London Food Bank (926 Leathorne St). See schedule below.

Members of the Temple Israel,  Muslim, and Or  Shalom  communities have been  sorting together since the Spring of 2013. However, to keep the number of sorters on a given evening to a manageable amount, Temple Israel and members of the Muslim community will now be rotating months with Or Shalom.  Temple Israel will sort food with members of London's Muslim community on the following dates this year:

                             Temple Israel Food sorts for 2016/17 
 Sorts take place 6:30-8:00 pm, on the first Wednesday of the month  
 Sept 7
 Nov. 2
 Feb.  1
 April 5
 June 7

Food sorts are child-friendly, though best suited for those over 6 years of age. Given limits on the number of volunteers per evening, only TI members are invited to attend. The activity counts towards high school community service hours.   

Please aim to arrive at the Food Bank close to 6:30pm; for security reasons, the front doors might be locked by 6:45 pm.

Be forewarned: In the (highly unlikely) event that there already are 30 volunteers (i.e., the maximum) at the Food Bank by the time you arrive, you will not not be able to sort that evening.

Although RSVPs are not necessary,  it would be helpful to let the Temple Office know at least one day in advance how many in your party (adults and children) will be attending.

Social Action News

UPDATE TO SHARE THE WARMTH 2015 CLOTHING COLLECTED: Of the thirteen bags of clothing and toiletries and assorted toys and baby supplies/equipment collected at our very successful Share the Warmth in December, some of the baby and children's clothing and baby supplies/ equipment was set aside for a UWO Social Science based privately sponsored Syrian refugee family - a mother and her six children, aged 5 months to 7 years, who will be arriving (hopefully) soon in London from Turkey. We had hoped to donate the balance of the items to the Salam Community Donation Center (797 York St, Unit 2 - York at Rectory), a volunteer-run initiative to coordinate the giving and receiving of new and gently used items for new comer Canadians. However, owing to the generosity of the London Community, the center had no more room for adult clothing. So the children's and baby clothing were donated to Salam Community Centre and the adult clothing will be donated for Come in From the Cold (at the JCC, March 13). Leora Swartzman has been following through with this effort and reports the following: The Salam Community Center is still very much in need of kitchen items, personal hygiene products, pyjamas (all sizes) and new undergarments (all sizes). The center also is eager for volunteers to help with the following tasks: Sorting/organizing donations that are coming in Hanging up/ folding clothes Unpacking goods and putting them away Creating starter kits and more! Members of our Temple Israel community who have volunteered to date (Nancy Davis, Stephen State, Leora Swartzman and Harry Tilner) found the experience most gratifying. You can find a link to a doodle poll to sign up to volunteer on this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SalamDonations/?fref=ts . If you are interested in dropping off donations but not able to volunteer, the center will be accepting donations Sat. and Sun., 12- 3 pm for the foreseeable future. Check the Center's Facebook page for announcements regarding dates and times they are open. The Facebook page also is regularly updated with a list of needed items as well as the weekday hours the centre is open for drop-off as that will vary on a week to week basis.

FURTHER SYRIAN REFUGEE SUPPORT: Broadening the base of the Social Action Committee's commitment to further support for London Syrian Refugees, a TI Syrian Refugee Steering Committee (Ailene Wittstein, Stephen State, Leora Swartzman, Linda and Wally Zimmerman) was struck by Barbara Gabriel to work out some proposals to bring to the wider TI Community, with the intention of broadening this base to include others interested in the London Jewish community - and with an express interest in working in tandem with the London Muslim community.

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TOYS, ARTS AND CRAFTS SUPPLIES URGENTLY NEEDED AT MERRYMOUNT: Ailene suggested some of the support urgently needed: including driving individuals to appointments (which turned out to be more complicated since all drivers need to be officially vetted) and toys for children, who are in the throes of displacement and adapting to their new homes. At the moment, THE MOST URGENT CALL-OUT IS FOR TOYS AND ARTS AND CRAFTS SUPPLIES WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO CHILDREN AT MERRYMOUNT. THESE CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT MERRYMOUNT, WHOSE DESK IS CONVENIENTLY OPEN 24/7 at 1064 Colborne Street. Please mark all donations "Todd" for easy recognition


tzedakah

 Tzedakah

We have decided to contribute to one charity over the next three months, instead of one per month..

We welcome TI members to participate in all of our monthly meetings and activities, which are posted in the weekly Temple email. If you'd like more information about the committee, please contact Nancy Davis .


Tikkun Olam Opportunities

Serve as TISA Interfaith Liaison. For more information about what this would entail, please contact Brenda Donner.

On a monthly or bi-monthly basis, collect and sort through the items dropped off at Temple Israel for Rotholme (in two labelled bins in the hallway near the kitchen) and take to Rotholme and/or the Men's Mission. Contact Wally Zimmerman.

Come to SOUP GROUP any month (or every month!) and help make soup for Rotholme Women & Children's Shelter. More details below.

Knit toys for Merrymount Children's Centre. Contact Ailene Wittstein for acceptable patterns.

Help provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the London Food Bank.  Read more about their fresh food programs here.

Buy Local, Share Local  -- at farmers' markets, buy some extra to share with the Food Bank, or volunteer to staff a booth to collect the food.

Community Harvest Ontario -- Join a "Harvest Mob" to harvest the remainders of a farmer's field, with permission. For example, Temple Israel has helped harvest apples.

Plant a Row, Grow a Row -- In your garden, plant an extra row of vegetables for the Food Bank.

gLean On Me! -- Volunteer to pick fruit from a homeowner's tree, or register your tree for harvesting. Fruit is shared between homeowner, pickers, and the Food Bank.

PLEASE NOTE:  The tinyurl.com/gleanonme web address on the poster below DOES NOT WORK.  
The London Food Bank says they are happy to receive fruit donations 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri,  Phone 519-659-4045

gLean on Me

 

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Soup Group

Temple Israel has been providing a hearty nutritious vegan soup to Rotholme Women & Children's Shelter on a monthly basis since 2000.  The soup is particularly apprecated at Rotholme so they can provide a warm, calming meal to clients  upon intake, which very often occurs at night when the cook is not on duty.  The soup we make is vegan so people of all faith groups and ethnicities are able to eat it.  It is not too spicy, so that young children can enjoy it.  

Sometimes the soup is made by Social Action committee members, sometimes by Religious School families, and sometimes by other volunteer groups within Temple Israel. Extra batches of soup may be made on Mitzvah Day and Share the Warmth Day.  

You can also help by shopping for soup ingredients or by providing funds to purchase ingredients ($20 per batch of soup)

All are welcome to participate in Soup Group. Upcoming Soup Group meetings are listed on the left side of this page. Contact Nancy Davis or Lisa Faden. Please note: Children require adult supervision.

 Download Soup Group Recipe and How-To (PDF)

Starting your own Soup Group

Would you like to make nourishing (vegan) soup for those in need, but can't attend the Social Action meetings? Consider starting your own soup group, or simply incorporate this act of Tikun Olam into your next social gathering. Contact   Nancy Davis or Lisa Faden and they will send you some 'how to' advice about making and delivering soup to Rotholme or the Men's Mission or Quintin Warner House, the only three shelters we've identified thus far that can/will accept food made offsite in non-supervised kitchens. If you know of any others to add to the list, please let Nancy or Lisa know.

Food Bank

Food Sorts

Food Sorts take place on the first Wednesday of the month, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, at the London Food Bank (926 Leathorne St). See schedule below.
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What is a Food Sort? 
Donated food comes in unsorted, and volunteers are needed to sort the food into categories.  If you can tell the difference between a box of cereal and a tin of tuna, your help is needed.  Once the food has been sorted, volunteers are also needed to fill grocery bags for families of various sizes.  Lists of what needs to go into each bag are posted, so you will know what to do. If you haven't already done so, please consider coming out to a food sort to see what it's all about.


Members of the Temple Israel,  Muslim, and Or  Shalom  communities have been  sorting together since the Spring of 2013. However, to keep the number of sorters on a given evening to a manageable amount, Temple Israel and members of the Muslim community will now be rotating months with Or Shalom.  Accordingly, the upcoming Temple Israel/Muslim Community sort dates are:

November 4, [additional dates will be posted when that information is available]

Food sorts are child-friendly,  though best suited for those over 6 years of age. Given limits on the number of volunteers per evening, only TI members are invited to attend. The activity counts towards high school community service hours.   


Please aim to arrive at the Food Bank close to 6:30pm; for security reasons, the front doors might be locked by 6:45 pm.

Be forewarned: In the (highly unlikely) event that there already are 30 volunteers (i.e., the maximum) at the Food Bank by the time you arrive, you will not not be able to sort that evening.

Although RSVPs are not necessary,  it would be helpful to let the Temple Office know at least one day in advance how many in your party (adults and children) will be attending.

 


Religious School Food Bank Contributions

 

Temple Israel Religious School students have been bring in non-perishible food for the London Food Bank for many years. We also collect additional food for Share the Warmth Day in December.

 


Fast Food Drive for the High Holy Days

 

We have a major food drive for the Food Bank at the High Holy Days called the Fast Food drive. The name "Fast Food" derives from the food our families will not be eating during the Yom Kippur fast, and the concept that our 24-hour fast reminds us that there are people in our community who go hungry every day.

As per our custom, London Food Bank collection bags will be distributed at the Rosh Hashanah services at the JCC and can be dropped off at the JCC or TI on or before the Yom Kippur services. Our aim is to exceed 2500 pounds.

Temple Israel Knitters

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Knitting Toys for Children

Merrymount Children's Centre  needs knitters to make teddy bears or other toys for children. Contact Ailene Wittstein if you are willing to help. She will provide acceptable patterns.

Blankets for Bubbies and Hats/Mitts and Scarves

Knit warm hats, mitts, or scarves forTemples Israel's annual "Share the Warmth/Chanukah Chappening"or make squares to be assembled into"Blankets for Bubbies"to be donated to a local nursing home or seniors' residence.

Contact Linda Zimmerman to select yarn for your project.


Yarn Donations

Thank you to Leslie Paddock who has donated a large quantity of yarn in memory of her ex-mother-in-law, Kay Heaton, to be used for charitable knitting or crochet projects.
London Hadassah-WIZO Bazaar (thank you Pepa!) has donated a supply of yarn to be used for Temple Israel Social Action projects.

The yarn is currently stored in a cupboard in the hallway near the main floor washroom. Please help yourself to yarn for Share the Warmth or other charitable purposes.

 





Scarf  Project 











Come In Out of the Cold
Scarf Project

Let’s provide each person attending the
Come In Out of the Cold Luncheon
 a brand new scarf:  our goal is 400 scarves.

Needed: knitters and crocheters

Scarf size: approximately 6 inches by 60 inches
Any pattern, Any yarn

If you cannot supply the yarn, please call into the JCC at
519 673-3310 and request yarn – we will supply.

If you have yarn to donate, please drop it off to the JCC so it can be used.

Please drop off completed scarves at the JCC by
February 23, 2017.

Please include your name with the donation.

Questions??? Please call Deb Laskin-Rich at 519 471-2329.

London Jewish Community Centre, 536 Huron Street



 
 

Free Music Lessons

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Brenda Donner and Michael Simmons have been providing free music lessons at the Boys' and Girls' Club.  If you have an idea for a Temple Israel Social Action Project, please contact Nancy Davis or Lisa Faden.

Interfaith

Volunteer Opportunity:
Serve as 
TISA Interfaith Liaison. (TISA=Temple Israel Social Action)

For more information about what this would entail, please contact Brenda Donner.

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Tree Planting Events Sunday,
September 25
2:30 pm - 
5:30 pm
Interfaith Planting 
Westmount Lions Park
784 Viscount Rd.
Join ReForest London and 15 different faith groups for an afternoon of fellowship, fun, and trees! Together we’ll be planting 426 native trees and shrubs. While all members of the public are welcome, we would note that turnout to our interfaith events tend to be very high and so it is possible we may finish early (we encourage volunteers to early to make sure they get a chance to plant a tree). Many thanks to the London interfaith community, the Government of Canada and the City of London for their support of this project.





Share the Warmth

 

Share the Warmth is Temple Israel's combination Chanukah Party, Soup Group, canned food collection, toiletries collection,
warm clothing collection (including hand-knits),  toy collection, and toy wrapping day all rolled into one!

It takes place on a Sunday in December. Plan to join in on the fun as we work together for our London community. 

Because Chanukah falls so early this year, it was decided to have Share the Warmth as a separate event, NOT during the Temple Israel Chanukah Party.

Share the Warmth will be on Sunday, December 13, 2015, noon-2pm.


Please bring in as many of the following items as you can:

  • Warm clothing, new or gently used.  Hand knitted or crocheted items are welcome, too. Examples: coats, hats, mitts, , gloves, scarves, long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots, socks. At Share the Warmth, help sort clothing.
  • Toys for children of all ages, wrapped or unwrapped.  If wrapped, please attach a note indicating gender and age range. At Share the Warmth, help wrap and label gifts.
  • Non-perishible food for the London Food Bank. At Share the Warmth, help bag food.
  • Small toiletries (for example, hotel soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.) At Share the Warmth, help sort toiletries and assemble Pampering Packages.At Share the Warmth, help make soup.
  • At Share the Warmth, volunteer to drop off items at various shelters and services in London (map will be provided)

 

Monthly Tzedakah Box Recipients

THE TZEDAKAH BOX

August 2014  Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (http://icci.org.il/), in recognition of our community’s commitment to interfaith dialogue and understanding.

September 2014 
 First Book Canada (http://www.firstbookcanada.org/)

October 2014 London Food Bank (http://www.londonfoodbank.ca/)

If you have any suggestions regarding recipients of Tzedakah box funds, please contact Nancy Davis or Lisa Faden, or, even better, join the discussion in person at the Social Action/Soup Group meetings.

Canadian Blood Services

Temple Israel Social Action
presents a
Mitzvah Opportunity
for your consideration...

Giving the gift of life .... 
London Jewish Federation partners with Canadian Blood Services


Canadian Blood Services welcomes the London Jewish Federation as a new Partner for Life organization.

The London Jewish Federation has made a commitment to saving lives by setting an annual donation goal through blood donations. For 2012, the goal is 20 units of blood (one blood donation equals one unit of blood). Staff, volunteers and members of the community can show their support by simply registering themselves as a member of our life-saving team.

London Jewish Community
Partner for Life ID # : LOND013092
(first four digits alpha - last six numeric)

Simply follow the web link provided below to have your blood donations count toward the London Jewish Federation's life-saving pledge. 
https://www.blood.ca/Web/PFL.nsf/Member?openform

Emergency Relief

If you are interested in helping with Temple Israel's response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis, please contact your Social Action Co-Chairs,
Lisa Faden <lisaf@templeisraellondon.ca> or Nancy Davis <nancyd@templeisraellondon.ca>

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Syrian Refugees Support

On March 29th Aileen Wittstein, supported by Barbara Gabriel and Randy Kissack of the Social Action Committee, welcomed Dr. Sherin Hussein of the Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC) to our congregation to speak about the supports provided to new Canadians in London, particularly Syrian refugees. Dr. Sherin described how the CCLC supports new Canadians in London with its comprehensive system of services. These services are extensive, and include housing, language skill development, job support, and helping individuals and families connect to the community. She spoke warmly about the challenges and deep rewards of working to help families feel safe, comfortable, and welcome in their new home. It was a wonderful talk, and many members of the community were able to express both their hopes and concerns about supporting Syrian newcomers in taking their first steps in Canada.
It was gratifying to see so many people from the congregation participate in learning more about opportunities to support Syrian refugees and other newcomers in London. The outpouring of interest and support was a wonderful expression of Jewish commitment to service and social action. It appeared that there are many areas of need, particularly in the realms of education and mental health, and also that there are many people within our community who have both the skills and the will to help.

For those of you who are eager to become involved in supporting refugees in our community, a first step is to call CCLC at 519-432-1133 to register for the new volunteer orientation that is held on the evening of the first Monday of every month. At the meeting, you can obtain a voucher to get the required police background check at a reduced volunteer rate. After this initial process, finding an appropriate volunteer placement can be made. The Social Action Committee intends to continue to develop a relationship with the CCLC, and we will keep the congregation informed about opportunities and progress in this area.

By Nancy Davis


 

 

The Union for Reform Judaism has a

Disaster Relief Fund 

to collect donations for those suffering in the wake of natural disasters.

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Canadian donations can be made online to the URJ-CCRJ Disaster Relief Fund or by mail:

Canadian Council for Reform Judaism
3845 Bathurst St. Suite 301 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
M3H 3N2


Canadian donations to the Union for Reform Judaism Annual Campaign and Disaster Relief Funds can be made through the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism. A Canadian tax receipt will be sent in the mail or automatically received at the time online donations are made.

Cheques: Please be sure to write the name of the fund on the memo line of your cheque. Send your donation to:

Canadian Council for Reform Judaism
3845 Bathurst St. Suite 301 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
M3H 3N2 

Online: Click on the link below or wherever you see it on the Union's web site:

Canadian donations

To contact the CCRJ, call 416.630.0375, fax 416.630.5089 or email Sandra Levy slevy@urj.org.

For questions about Canadian donations please contact Mark Bartosh at 212.650.4137 or mbartosh@urj.org

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