God created the world in seven days ... you can help remake the world in more than seven ways!
The Social Action Committee of Temple Emanu-El sponsors and/or participates in many worthy and timely projects that express our Temple's commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world. Help us to make our community and our world a better place!
UPCOMING SOCIAL ACTION PROGRAM:
Temple Emanu-El Social Action will be collecting backpacks and school supplies for the Gifts of Love Program. We need your help! Interfaith Community Services is collecting school supplies now through July 28th to assist children from economically disadvantaged households across Pima County. Our families are struggling to provide the basics of food and shelter for their children, paying for school supplies can be a challenge. Thank you for helping our local students! Please bring your donations to the Temple office.
Please check the boxes of the projects that interest you (see below for expanded descriptions):
Our congregation is deeply committed to improving our community and are involved in numerous projects which include:
American Red Cross Blood Drives
More than 80 pints of blood were collected at two blood drives. A HUGE thanks to all who donated! Check the Temple calendar for our next blood drive.
In cooperation with other non-profits, Temple Emanu-El provides humanitarian assistance for migrants in the Sonoran Desert who are at risk of serious injury or death. Nutritious snacks and beverages were provided to fill the life-saving packs, which were then distributed by active border rescue groups to 600 border crossers suffering from severe dehydration and malnutrition.
The Poz Cafe
In partnership with the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), we purchased food, prepared and served a meal to hundreds of men and women living with HIV or AIDS. We provided toiletries for distribution and hosted a BINGO game for them. We also participated in buying gifts for the TIHAN holiday party.
Interfaith Community Services Partnership
As a participant with Interfaith Community Services, some of our volunteers drive disabled or elderly individuals to the grocery store or doctor's appointments. We are ALWAYS looking for more volunteers for this effort.
Primavera Homeless Shelter
Our Social Action team provided two meals for 110 homeless men at the Primavera Shelter. Some of us cooked, chopped fruit, or puchased meat for this appreciative crowd. We have been asked by the homeless to continue this again this year.
Adopt a Refugee
This year the Social Action COmmittee adopted three young men newly arrived in Tucson from Eritrea. We were able to give them a used computer, and we helped them with their clothing needs. They were welcomed into our homes for meals and help with navigating our complex culture. We also provided holiday gifts for fourteen refugee children.
Members of Temple Emanu-El participate in Project Isaiah, collecting food and donating it the Tucson Community Food Bank during the High Holy Day season.
The Rabbis' Pantry
Temple Emanu-El stocks non-perishable food for anyone, Jewish or not, who drops by the synagogue.
Our newest program began this year. We provided over 1700 sandwiches to a winter shelter program on the south side of Tucson. This shelter was set up to get homeless people out of the cold each night during the coldest winter months. We were able to provide lunches to this very hungry group several nights a week. The need was huge, and this program will continue and expand.
This is a program to welcome mothers and children from Central America who arrive at the Tucson Greyhound Bus Station. Temple Emanu-El has been able to provide this needy group with meals, toys, and overnight hospitality as they wait for transportation to leave Tucson. This program is headed by Catholic Community Services, and we are happy to be of assistance.
We are always looking for new projects, and we welcome your ideas and participation!