Social Action


Teens serving dinner at the overflow shelter of Columbus House

Teens serving dinner at the overflow shelter of Columbus House

Social action, social justice and tikkun olam (healing the world) are important values of the modern Reform movement and a priority at Temple Emanuel.   The Social Action/Community Service (SACS) Committee of Temple Emanuel is working to strengthen inter-generational social action – blending families and individuals in working together on book drives, collecting and packing up food donations, providing meals, and other activities throughout the year.

These are some of the activities SACS is involved in:

  • High Holy Days Food Drive to stock the Jewish Family Service and the Orange Food Bank
  • Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK).  We are committed to staff the Soup Kitchen one Sunday each month.  Teens and adults are involved in this activity.
  • Abraham’s Tent.  Co-sponsored by Columbus House and the Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, faith communities provide overnight shelter and meals for homeless men through the winter months.  SACS volunteers partner with another local congregation and provide dinners for one week in the winter.
  • Cook and Care Walk-a-thon, a major fundraiser for Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, FISH, the Community Soup Kitchen and DESK (the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen).  TE members of all ages participate in this event.
  • TE volunteers join with Interfaith Cooperative Ministries to provide Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and home-bound
  • Intergenerational Projects – connected with Religious School/Holidays
  • SACS members participate in the Social Justice Shabbat service on the Friday evening before the Martin Luther King holiday.
  • SACS members volunteer and make contributions to the Youth Reading Group of the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project.
  • Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger:  MAZON distributes funds to millions of poor and hungry people throughout the world.  Some B’nai Mitzvah families choose to make donations to MAZON rather than buy a bouquet for the bima.  A food basket replaces the flowers on the bima to symbolize the family’s choice to make a MAZON contribution.

Over the course of the year, we will inform the congregation about upcoming projects in which you can get involved. To participate in any of these
activities or to add one of particular interest to you, please email  TE members of all ages are welcome and are encouraged to get involved.

Kabbalat Shabbat with guest speaker Matt McDermott from CONECT, Friday Dec 12, 8pm

Matt McDermott, CONECT’s lead organizer, will be speaking at the Dec 12th Friday evening services to introduce this organization, answer questions and share a vision of how Temple Emanuel might collaborate with other congregations in greater New Haven and beyond to be more effective in Tikkun Olam efforts. Matt will return to TE  on Sunday, Dec 21st at 10 am, to engage in a deeper conversation about Tikkun Olam with TE members. CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut) is a non-partisan, multi-faith organization of 27 congregations in Southern CT that through building grass-roots relational culture fosters a powerful civic moral voice to affect […] more

TE JOINS THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH Sunday, September 21 in New York City.

Tikkun Olam at Temple Emanuel In September, heads of state from around the world will meet at the United Nations in New York to discuss climate change. No single meeting or summit will solve climate change, but this is a moment to grab the attention of world leaders and world media to demonstrate our belief that the world we want is within our reach: a world safe from the ravages of climate change. Join more than 750 businesses, unions, faith groups, schools, social justice groups, environmental groups and more in New York on Sunday, September 21.  Add your voice to […] more

TE & the 38th Annual 2014 Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger

Come join other greater New Haven area synagogues as we come together as one Jewish community to amplify what we all do as individual congregations to help those in need around us. Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is asking each area synagogue to send one team to the 38th Annual 2014 Greater New Haven Walk Against Hunger. The walk is on Sunday, May 4 at College Woods Pavilion, East Rock Park, New Haven. Walk Against Hunger events are a non-competitive 2.5 to 3 mile walk. The Walk Against Hunger is held rain or shine, and pets are allowed to participate, as long they […] more

TE social action – in action!

Twelve intrepid TE members spent part of a recent Sunday afternoon meandering around the St. Ronan’s St. and East Rock neighborhoods in New Haven enjoying a lovely fall day (and each others’ company) as participants of the 2012 Cook and Care Walk-a-thon. TE members have supported the Walk-a-thon for many years. Proceeds from the Walk-a-thon support four programs for the hungry: FISH, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, the Community Soup Kitchen and Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers. This intergenerational/interfaith event happens every October; please consider joining us in 2013. more

TE’s SACS Supports Youth Literacy in our Sister City, León, Nicaragua

Following on the 2009 Temple Emanuel delegation to New Haven’s Sister City of León, Nicaragua, SACS members continue to actively support the youth reading group.  This project involves 13 teenaged boys and 1 girl in the rural village of Goyena, a community that was created on the outskirts of León for people who lost their homes due to the destruction of Hurricane Mitch in 1998.   Reading is not a common activity in this community, but this group of youth has become enthusiastic readers!  In November 2011, SACS members and the Rabbi are contributing to a fund that will enable […] more