Social Action

A basic principle of our faith is Tikkun Olam, “to repair the world,” a concept that is a hallmark of Reform Judaism. Over the past year, TAS has reinvigorated its commitment to Tikkun Olam through a comprehensive and integrated approach to social action that makes Tikkun Olam a centerpiece of the Temple’s culture and infuses this priority throughout congregational life.
A RENEWED COMMITMENT TAS’ Social Action Committee has recently been reorganized around this renewed commitment, anchored in the creation of deeper, lasting relationships with TAS Social Action Partners – key organizations addressing important issues and human needs in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, and around the globe. TAS is partnering with these organizations and helping to mobilize congregants as volunteers and active participants in their activities. Our initial partner organizations are:
  • SOVA: The SOVA food banks in Van Nuys and Los Angeles, a program of Jewish Family Service of LA, provide free groceries and supportive services to thousands of men, women, and children every month.
  • MEND (Meeting Each Need with Dignity): Based in Pacoima, MEND works to transform the lives of the neediest residents in the San Fernando Valley, providing food, clothing, medical, vision, and dental care, job skills training and job placement assistance.
  • L.A. Family HousingBased in North Hollywood, L.A. Family Housing is the leading San Fernando Valley organization addressing homelessness and the affordable housing crisis, providing emergency shelter and transitional shelter to individuals and families.
  • Jewish World Watch (JWW): JWW works to mobilize synagogues, their schools, their members and the community to combat genocide and other egregious violations of human rights around the world through education, advocacy, and refugee relief.
  • Knock Foundation: Co-founded by TAS member Kim Krowne and her father, Barry, the foundation is a grass-roots initiative to assist rural communities in northern Tanzania and the developing world, giving people the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty.
WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION! The Social Action Committee offers exciting new opportunities for congregants to get involved and make a difference in our communities. Please join us at our Committee meetings, typically held on the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Northridge home of Social Action Co-Chair, Sarah Londer. We welcome your participation in the activities listed in this brochure, and you can also become involved in any of the following ways:
  • Serve as a liaison with one of our Social Action Partner organizations
  • Become a hands-on volunteer with one of our Social Action Partners
  • Assist with organizing a Social Action Shabbat or Social Action speaker event
  • Work with TAS students on Mitzvah Projects for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah
  • Organize special social action projects helping people and communities in need
To join the Social Action Committee’s email list or to become part of these exciting new initiatives, please contact committee Co-Chair Ken Bernstein at kbernstein3@gmail.com.

TAS SOCIAL ACTION “SUNDAYS OF SERVICE” CALENDAR – 2014-2015 (5775)

Performing mitzvot by giving back to our community is one of the greatest gifts we can give. Helping others who need our help the most – those who are hungry, elderly, disabled, or less fortunate – is meaningful at the core of our existence. Come join us each month as, together, we endeavor to fulfill Tikkun Olam and Repair the World right here in Los Angeles. Contact Shellie Prezant-Turer for more information at petsrpeopletoo@att.net.

Every Monday “Bunches of Bagels” donations to SOVA by Western Bagel, Chatsworth

09/07/14 “Giving Tree” – Kickoff Event (at TAS) Join us in our commitment to Tikkun Olam to help “Repair the World”.

10/12/14 Jewish Home “Sunday Concert Companions” [12 years – Adult]
Escort elderly residents to a musical performance.

11/02/14 Mitzvah Day program of events
Join in a day of service mobilized by Jewish communities across L.A.

12/14/14 Food Forward Fruit Pick
Harvest fruit – in an organized backyard pick – donated to food pantries.

01/25/15 Frontline Foundation – Candy Sorters
Sort candy (collected at Mitzvah Day) for Skid Row residents.

02/08/15 SOVA Food Pantry helpers [10 years – Adult]
Help sort food for our Social Action Partner to serve the needy.

03/22/15 Jewish Family Service Community Passover Seder [4th grade – Adult]
Serve a catered Passover meal to socially isolated seniors.

04/12/15 Food Forward Fruit Pick
Harvest fruit – in an organized backyard pick – donated to food pantries.

05/03/15 Big Sunday program of events
Join one of the largest regional community service events in America.

06/13/15-6/14/15 Special Olympics Summer Games (at Cal State Long Beach)
Help athletes from across Southern California compete for a medal.

Monthly
Social Action Committee Meetings
The TAS Social Action Committee holds most meetings on the fourth Thursday evening of the month, 7:00 p.m., at the home of committee co-chair Sarah Londer.