Judaism understands that we can improve the world through a sacred partnership with God: Tikkun Olam or “repairing the world.” The Social Action Committee guides our congregation as it pursues this goal through education, advocacy and gemilut chasadim, “acts of loving kindness.”
How to get involved? Click on any of the links in our “causes” menu to dive right in, or contact Maggie Freed for general questions or suggestions of new projects. Lastly, mark your calendars for three important annual TSG Social Action dates:
October 27, 2019, 10:00 am
January 31 – February 2, 2020
Social Action — Shabbat HaGadol Service
April 3, 2020, 7:30 pm
Tzedakah Fair: In the fall of every school year, TSG’s Social Action Committee holds a fair where volunteers staff tables to explain to students about projects dear to their hearts! Every class then selects one or more projects to donate their yearly tzedakah funds to. In past years we’ve had tables about SOVA, Heifer International, Glendale Healthy Kids, Magen David Adom, Shoes that Fit, Burbank Animal Shelter, Get on the Bus, Foothill Unity Food Bank, Doctors Without Borders, Autism Speaks, and many others. Bring your favorite charity to the students at Temple Sinai!
Mitzvah Weekend: 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! The weekend may include speakers at Friday night services, gleaning at local farmers’ markets for Food Forward, and other activities. Sunday is a big day as the entire religious school dives in, each class doing their own special project to help “repair the world.”
Projects we’ve done include stocking shelves at 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, field trips to a genizah to properly dispose of worn prayer books, and many more.
Social Action — Shabbat HaGadol Service:
Shabbat HaGadol is the Shabbat just before Passover, and in earlier times it was one of only two Shabbat services during the entire year when the Rabbi gave a sermon! It has become a tradition at Temple Sinai of Glendale and other Reform congregations to honor and celebrate social action at this service. Members of our committee participate in the service, which includes special readings for the occasion. Join us for this special celebration!