Upon three things the world stands:
Torah, Prayer, and Deeds of Loving Kindness
The Tikkun Olam Social Action Committee seeks to promote opportunities for Temple Menorah members to commit to and integrate charitable actions (mitzvot) into our daily lives.
The concept of tikkun olam comes from the Kabbalists who believed that G-d had to contract to make room for the world. His divine light was put into special vessels that eventually shattered, with pieces falling to earth. Kabbalists believe that these shards, in which sparks of light are trapped, are all that is bad in the world. Whenever we perform a mitzvah, we separate the sacred from the profane and release the light within. Every day we have an opportunity to collect shards and release their light. So when we speak of tikkun olam, we are speaking of fixing what is broken in our society.
Thus, the goal of the Tikkun Olam/Social Action Committee (TOSAC) is to translate Jewish beliefs and practices into action, and to fix what is broken in our society.
The TOSAC committee currently sponsors four major activities:
Michael Mitzvah DayAn annual event in memory of Michael Prozucki in which the temple community gathers to perform mitzvot. There have been a number of different activities over the years, including beach clean-up with Heal the Bay, clean-up at Wilderness part, writing letters to soldiers, and knitting. The key activity sponsored is a luncheon and boutique for the needy. In 2014 Temple Menorah celebrated the 10th annual Michael Mitzvah Day.
Shall Family Feeding the HomelessOn the fourth Thursday of every month, in conjunction with a local church, Temple Menorah members prepare and serve of lunch to local community members in need
Blood DrivesIn conjuction with the Red Cross Temple Menorah sponsors 3 to 4 blood drives a year. The Red Cross collects and donates about 40% of the blood used in our nation's hospitals. They make it easy for you to help save a life.
Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Since its founding Habitat LA has built, rehabilitated and repaired more than 700 homes locally.
Temple Menorah in Action
Michael Mitzvah Day On-site Projects
Caring for the NeedyMaking and/or serving a hot lunchPacking take home sack lunches for guestsWorking in the clothing Boutique: gently used clothing for people in needDecorate cup cakes (children)
Helping the HomelessHabitat for Humanity: Make planters for houses
Loving Your NeighborRed Cross: Give blood at blood driveProject MOT: Decorate cards for Jewish soldiersMake no-sew fleece scarfs for needy children
Promoting LiteracyKoreh LA: Decorate book marks
Beautifying the TempleGardening and/or fix it up projectsStay and help clean up (!)
Paper ShreddingSupport Temple cleanup... bring your papers to the temple for shredding (for a small fee.)