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 Housing: Based 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@earthlink.net. TAS SOCIAL ACTION “SUNDAYS OF SERVICE” CALENDAR – 2014-2014 (5774) 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 for more information at petsrpeopletoo@att.net. Every Monday “Bunches of Bagels” donations to SOVA by Western Bagel, Chatsworth October 13, 2013 SOVA Food Pantry Helpers (TAS SOS) Help sort and package food at SOVA, one of TAS’ Social Action Partners, to serve the hungry. [All ages welcome] October 27, 2013 TAS Blood Drive Please donate to help address the chronic local shortage of blood throughout our community. November 3, 2013 Mitzvah Day Come participate in an exciting array of Tikkun Olam activities at the Temple and in the community. November-December 2013 Matanot MiLibeinu (Gifts from the Heart) Holiday Gifts Help give the neediest residents in our community a special holiday season by donating holiday gifts for local families December 15, 2013 Jewish Federation Community Service Day (TAS SOS) Select a Federation project from those offered all across the city. December 25, 2013 L.A. Family Housing on December 25th Help serve holiday meals at the San Fernando Valley’s largest shelter and transitional living center for formerly homeless families January 12, 2014 Food Forward Fruit Pick (TAS SOS), during Tu B’Shevat Join this wonderful organization to pick fruit from local citrus trees—for distribution through our local food pantries—to nourish others in need in our community. [Fun for all ages!] February MEND Baby Shower – Collection Drive Donate Baby clothes and supplies for MEND’s bi-annual distribution to clients. February 9, 2014 Food Sorting for Frontline Foundation (TAS SOS) Help sort food and candy for the needy in Downtown’s Skid Row at the Frontline Foundation in Granada Hills [All ages welcome] March 16, 2014 TAS Blood Drive (during Purim Carnival) Please donate to help address the chronic local shortage of blood throughout our community. March MEND Project Glamour – Collection Drive Donate clothing and accessories to help low income teenagers have a wonderful prom. March 30, 2014 Jewish Family Service Community Passover Seder (TAS SOS) Join 75 volunteers to serve a catered Passover meal to ~250 socially isolated seniors in the San Fernando Valley. [4th Grade – Adult] April 6, 2014 Jewish Home “Sunday Concert Companion” (TAS SOS) Escort elderly residents to a musical performance. [12 years - Adult] April 27, 2014 Jewish World Watch Walk to End Genocide (TAS SOS) Walk with “Team TAS” to raise JWW funds to combat genocide in Africa. May 4, 2014 Big Sunday Weekend TAS will again participate actively in the largest citywide weekend of community service (specific events TBA) May 10, 2014 “Stamp Out Hunger” Annual Food Drive Volunteer at TAS Social Action Partner MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity, in Pacoima) to assist with donations to MEND’s food pantry through the nation’s largest annual food drive, sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. June 7-8, 2014 Special Olympics Summer Games at USC (TAS SOS) Everyone’s a winner when TAS – for its second year – helps athletes from across Southern California compete for a medal at the 2014 Summer Games at USC. Be inspired, and join as a volunteer to stage the athletes, assist as a scorekeeper, linesman, or coach’s assistant. Or be a “Fans in the Stands” volunteer. [Fun for all ages!] 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.