Social Action


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 TBA.

Upcoming Social Action Events:

Temple Israel Social Action needs volunteers for Red Day, May 9

We will be joining other groups of volunteers in helping to spruce up a London inner city public school. Please come out to help, and bring your friends. Red Day is Thursday, May 9. Contact Nancy Davis or Cindy Monger for more information.


This year’s school is Lord Elgin on Victoria.  We need volunteers to help with gardening and some out door painting. There are 2 shifts 9:30-Lunch
And Lunch-3/4:00pm. (Lunch is provided) or people are welcome to stay longer if they want.
If those interested can email or call Cindy Monger so we have a head count that would be great. And if gardeners can possibly bring some tools that is great too.

“Red Day” — Thursday, May 9, 2019  we will be helping spruce up a London school.  More info from Cindy Monger <>

We will soon learn more about upcoming opportunities to help in our community, particularly assisting seniors and shut-ins.  Watch for more information.

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.)

Social Action Report

The Social Action Committee is looking forward to a busy and productive year 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

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. Our most-recent tree-planting was October 28, 2018, from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at Halls Mills Park, 250 Halls Mills Road. The next date will be posted  as soon as we have that information. 

Share the Warmth

Share the Warmth is Temple Israel’s combination Chanukah Party and special event to help the London community.  Everyone is encouraged to participate. Share the Warmth was Sunday, December 9, 2018, noon to 2:30pm.   DETAILS BELOW.


Disaster Relief

Canadian Council for Reform Judaism (CCRJ) donations page:

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:

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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.  


Pending confirmation from the Food Bank, TI will sort   6:30-8 pm  on the first Wednesday of :
October (3rd)
January (2nd)
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.




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 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

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