Social Action

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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 (TISA) 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 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 date of the next meeting is Thursday, November 8, 7:00pm 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 complete recovery and reutrn to full strength.  In the meantime, please send TISA communication to Nancy Davis.)

    UPCOMING SOCIAL ACTION EVENTS  
Date Time Location Event
Sunday, October 28 9:00-11:00am Temple Israel Ice Cream for Breakfast for Make-A-Wish and Tzedakah Kickoff
Sunday, October 28 2:30 – 5:30pm Halls Mills Park, 250 Halls Mill Road (near Boler Road and the Thames River) Interfaith Tree Planting — Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
Thursday, November 8 7:00 – 9:00pm Temple Israel Social Action Meeting
Sunday, December 9 Noon – 2:00pm Temple Israel Share the Warmth

 


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.


Food Drive

Once again, Temple Israel is collecting money for the London Food Bank as part of our High Holy Day activities. Providing funds instead of food packages allows the Food Bank to maximize their resources. Envelopes will be available at the Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services at the JCC. If you wish a tax receipt issued from Temple Israel, please indicate that on your envelope (include your name). Cheques made out to the Food Bank will be acknowledged by them directly.


Interfaith Tree Planting

Since 2013, Temple Israel has joined our interfaith partners in planting trees around London. Participating in environmental action recognizes the shared values of stewardship for the earth that these religious groups share. In addition to improving the environmental health of London, organizers hoped to create a space for positive interfaith fellowship and activities. Please join us on October 28, 2018, from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at Halls Mills Park, 250 Halls Mills Road. Please RSVP to the Temple office.


Disaster Relief

Canadian Council for Reform Judaism (CCRJ) donations page: https://ccrj.ca/donate-now


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:

                             LondonFoodBank logo

Temple Israel Food sorts for Fall/Winter 2018/2019:

Sorts take place 6:30-8:00 pm, on the first Wednesday of the month at the London Food Bank, 926 Leathorne St.  

2018

Pending confirmation from the Food Bank, TI will sort   6:30-8 pm  on the first Wednesday of :
October (3rd)
2019
January (2nd)
March(6th)
May ( 1st) – Yom  Hashoah
(More dates will be posted when 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.

 

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, Quentin Warner House or other local shelters.
  • 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 the 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

 

TI Social Action (click a title to view contents)

  • 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 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.
    .

    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:

    [ 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.  NOTE:  The London Food Bank has requested that we collect cheques rather than food because the money goes farther that way.  Thus, at High Holy Days, you may see emphasis on a cheque/cash collection, but food donations are still acceptable.

  • yarn

    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.

  • music

    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.

  • 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 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.

    Share the Warmth  date is
    Sunday, December 9, 2018, noon-2pm.

    Please bring in as many of the following items as you can:
    (This list may be updated at the next Social Action meeting.  Please check again after November 8.)

    • 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)

     

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

    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