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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:



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.

Shalom Park Freedom School is a six week summer literacy camp held at Shalom Park. 50% of the “scholars” who attend Freedom School come from our own Huntingtowne Farms! You can volunteer for a day, a week or for the entire program. The needs are great and the volunteering schedule is very flexible.  Learn more at the Shalom Park Freedom School website:


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.

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

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.


Temple Israel, Temple Beth El & the Levine JCC partner with the Urban Ministry Center to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months. We pick up our guests in uptown Charlotte, provide a warm, safe place to sleep, serve three meals (dinner, breakfast and bag lunch), give a gift of warm clothing and toiletries, and then return our guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte. This winter program offers an opportunity to provide a more personal relationship with homeless people, at least for 3 nights, and a deeper understanding of the depth and complexity of homelessness.

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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.

Community Partners
Visit our Community Partners tab on our website's main page navigation bar for information about  Shalom Green, Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI) and more.


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

Sun, April 21 2019 16 Nisan 5779