Social Action

Temple Israel's Social Action Committee - dedicated to Tikkun Olam - strives to connect members of our Temple Israel community to the many social action initiatives currently in place at the synagogue, as well as to create new opportunities for helping others. 

In addition to our ongoing initiatives throughout the year, a highlight is Mitzvah Day, a great day in April in which we all come together to give back to our communities.

If you have ideas for social action initiatives in our community, contact Amy Katz and Ruth Zakarin, committee co-chairs, at

Ongoing Initiatives

Donating Leftover Food to a Homeless Shelter

If you are hosting a Kiddush and/or larger party at Temple Israel, we are available to facilitate donating any extra food to MainSpring shelter in Brockton. If you are interested in learning more about this simple and impactful process, please contact Amy Hearne via email or call 781-603-8865.

Either you or caterer can place stickers that we will provide to you on platters/pans of unused food that you would like to donate, and a member of our committee will pick up food on Sunday and deliver to shelter. Of course, at the same time you can also retain some leftovers that you would like to take home or distribute elsewhere.

Under the leadership of volunteer Amy Hearne, we have successfully executed these shelter donations at B'nai Mitzvah held at TI this past year, and are hoping to expand the initiative. Families that have participated report that the process is simple, and not a distraction for you during what we know is an important and busy time. While both Marty Grandberg and Catering by Andrew are familiar with and supportive of the process, we are confident that it will succeed with any caterer you may be working with. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Amy Hearne via email or call 781-603-8865. 

Donating to Family Table

We are continuing our commitment to Family Table through our ongoing collection of pasta and tuna. Temple Israel has committed to donate 55 cans of tuna and 85 boxes of whole grain pasta each month to Family Table, and we need your help to meet this commitment! There is a collection box in the synagogue lobby, and the Religious School classes have their own classroom "family table" to collect weekly food donations. 

Please also consider creating basket(s) of non-perishable food to decorate the bimah or tables during a Kiddush or party, which we will be happy to pick up after celebration and donate to Family Table, Greater Boston's kosher food pantry coordinated by Jewish Family and Children's Service. 

Important Update: JF&CS Family Table is coming to the South Area! Family Table South will launch on October 18, 2015, and will be hosted at Temple Beth Abraham in Canton. Family Table South will provide healthy food to families one Sunday a month, offering a more convenient location for South Area residents to both access the support of the pantry and volunteer and support the organization. If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate please contact or

Mitzvah Day

Please save the dates and look out for more information about Temple Israel’s Social Action Shabbat and Mitzvah Day, scheduled for Friday evening March 24 and Sunday, March 26. This will be a great opportunity for adults and children to participate in a variety of social action activities.

On Friday night, March 24, Rabbi David Jaffe, an educator and author of the recently published Changing the World From The Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change, will join us at Temple Israel’s monthly Mishpacha Minyan service and dinner. We hope you will help us welcome Shabbat with a spirited and inspiring conversation on social activism through a Jewish lens.

Likewise, we hope you will join us on Sunday, March 26 (second flyer, below), as we come together as a shul community to perform mitzvot and acts of tikkun olam. Join the Temple Israel Community in Berger Hall at 11:00am (all ages welcome). It'll be a day to come together to make a difference!

  • Create matzah covers and Passover cards for senior adults, including Holocaust survivors, supported by Jewish Family & Children's Services (Hertz Nursery School students and other preschool-aged children and their families - 11:00-12:00pm; Religious School, USY, and other students and families - 12:30-1:15pm)
  • Produce blankets and stuffed animals for children supported by Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
  • Learn how to make our own matzah (hands-on matzah baking lessons) 
  • Participate in the "Penny Harvest" (bring your spare change for donation to a good cause)
  • Special for older teens and adults:  learn tips on how to talk with teens in your life about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and participate in a worldwide pledge to end violence (12:30-1:15pm)
  • Join us at 12:00pm for a pizza lunch donated by the TI Brotherhood
  • Plus MORE! See the flyers below...


Temple Israel Literacy Team

Find out more about how you can make a difference by volunteering with a local school as a literacy tutor! Please visit our Literacy Team page for more information.