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Social Action

Performing Acts of Loving Kindness, Together!

Our vision for Social Action is to live Jewish Values as we help those in need. Our efforts are aligned with critical needs in the Jewish and broader Charlotte Community, as well as needs of Jews in crisis around the world. We offer volunteer opportunities for youth, adults, and even projects the whole family can enjoy together. We encourage you to contact us and tell us where you would like to help. Is there a project in which you, your family and friends would like to participate (that is not listed below)? We always welcome new projects and encourage you to share your ideas with us.

Social Action Volunteer Opportunities

There are so many ways to get involved, and to make a difference!  When you volunteer, you make new friends and connections, enrich your own life by performing Mitzvot, and make a meaningful contribution to your community. Read below for an overview:
 

EDUCATION/CHILDREN

 

HUNTINGTOWNE FARMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (HFES) – TI Partnership School
Temple Israel is into our 13th year of our partnership with Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School.  The impact is great!  Many Temple Israel members go to the classrooms on a weekly basis to work with the students to assist with reading and math, supporting the learning centers and even produce the “HFES Fox News”.  The children look forward to their TI volunteers coming each week and the volunteers look forward to the children’s hugs and their heartfelt hellos.

Financial contributions to HFES Social Action Programs can be made through the “Temple Israel Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School FOX Fund” by clicking here. For information about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Temple Israel office.
 

 

BLESSINGS IN A BACKPACK
Blessings in a Backpack is a national organization whose mission is to provide food for Elementary Education Students who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year. Volunteers from Temple Israel provide food to children in need at our partnership school, HFES, every weekend throughout the school year.

Financial contributions to the TI Blessing in a Backpack Program can be made by sending a check (payable to “Blessings in a Backpack”) to Temple Israel. We also accept food donations (single servings): juice boxes, fruit cups, raisins, tuna, soup, granola bars, Nutri-Grain bars, cereal boxes, oatmeal and macaroni & cheese. To volunteer please contact the Temple Israel office.
 

TEMPLE ISRAEL RELIGIOUS SCHOOL (TIRS) Social Action
TIRS performs many fabulous grade level mitzvah programs throughout the school year!  Example mitzvot include: Toy Drive & Wrapping, card making for families at JFS, toiletries drive for Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Room In The Inn, nonperishable Food Drive for JFS, compassion for animals, and support of Blessings in a Backpack and Carriage House senior living community.

Questions? Please contact the TIRS office (704) 944-6785 and join us in educating our children on the importance of helping others.


FOOD DRIVES: Yom Kippur, Purim and Hanukkah
 

TI congregants perform important Mitzvot during the holidays of Yom Kippur, Purim & Hanukkah by donating nonperishable foods, and/or Walmart gift cards, to Temple Israel Social Action. The donations are given to the Jewish Family Services Food Pantry and to children in need at Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School.

“If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?” — Hillel


CARING FOR THE HOMELESS: Volunteer Opportunities
 

MEN'S SHELTER OF CHARLOTTE
Temple Israel supports the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte’s mission to end homelessness in Charlotte by providing their guests with meals along with warm clothing and toiletries. TI has the opportunity to serve a meal to the men on a regular basis (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly). Two additional initiatives which TI volunteers can support:  (a) Help guests find permanent housing (b) Provide assistance with job applications and interview skills. Questions? Please contact the Temple Israel office.


ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 

Yom Gemilut Hasadim (A Day Performing Acts of Loving Kindness)
Join the entire Temple Israel community to help others on MLK weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity for individuals and families to get involved and make a difference in our community.  By participating in Mitzvah projects you will be sharing in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).
 

Women of Temple Israel (WoTI), Men’s Club and Torah On Tap
Please visit the pages of Women of Temple Israel (WoTI),  Men’s Club and Torah On Tap for group-specific social action initiatives.


Shalom Park Social Action Projects
Visit our Community Partners tab on our website's main page navigation bar for information about unique community service opportunities with our Shalom Park partners. To learn more about these initiatives,  click here.

 

*Temple Israel’s “Social Action Fund” is a great place to give tzedakah, in honor or memory of those you love. 

Sun, August 25 2019 24 Av 5779