Fall 2014 Tikkun Olam Activities
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Mission of the Tikkun Olam committee:
To coordinate and guide a wide variety of volunteer activities by synagogue members aimed at “repairing the world” outside the scope of our own synagogue community.
Our Annual Activities
Our annual activities focus primarily on three areas: food and hunger related issues, the environment and blood drives. On occasion we embark on “special projects” which have ranged from Bone Marrow Registry campaigns to a synagogue-wide program supporting a youth village in Rwanda.
Temple Israel has earned a reputation as one of the most reliable contributors to the Bergen County Blood Center. Twice a year, in the spring and fall, we hold an Interfaith Blood Drive, at which we also can accept “doubles” and platelets donations.
Feeding the Homeless
Spearheaded by Sue Hill, Temple Israel continues its commitment to help feeding the homeless by participating in the Bergen County Family Promise Homeless Feeding program. We prepare and serve food in Hackensack four times a year. Volunteers can help purchase and prepare the food, as well as serve at the facility. Children must be at least 16 years old.
River Clean Up
In cooperation with the Ridgewood Wildscape Association, Temple Israel dedicates one Sunday each fall to cleaning one of the local waterways. In the last couple of years Gypsy Pond has been the beneficiary of our efforts.
Community Support and Opportunities
Tikkun Olam also supports the efforts of Bonim Builders. Bonim is an initiative (SLI) of UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey. A coalition of local synagogues and organizations participate in Bonim Builders, a project to involve volunteers from the Jewish community in building or renovating affordable housing in Northern New Jersey. Bonim works in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the worldwide organization devoted to providing housing for families in need. It also participates with the organization Rebuilding Together – Bergen County that renovates homes once a year in April on a national Rebuilding Day. If you would like to participate in Bonim Builders, please contact Genene Kaye at 201-820-9303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tikkun Olam regularly supports free recycling events for residents of Bergen County (individuals only, no businesses) at the Bergen County Services Building, 327 E. Ridgewood Ave., Paramus. Dates are posted on a regular basis.
For more information: call BCUA Environmental Programs Hotline 201-807-5825 or www.buca.org
Tikkun Olam Committee Contact Information
Please call the Temple office at 201-444-9320 if you'd like to participate on the Tikkun Olam committee or get involved with our annual activities of feeding the homeless, giving blood and cleaning up our local streams.