Social Action

Upon three things the world stands:

Torah, Prayer, and Deeds of Loving Kindness

TOSAC Mission

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.

Tikkun Olam

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 Day

An 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 Homeless

On 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 Drives

In 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 Humanity

Habitat 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 Needy

Making and/or serving a hot lunch
Packing take home sack lunches for guests
Working in the clothing Boutique: gently used clothing for people in need
Decorate cup cakes (children)

Helping the Homeless

Habitat for Humanity: Make planters for houses

Loving Your Neighbor

Red Cross: Give blood at blood drive
Project MOT: Decorate cards for Jewish soldiers
Make no-sew fleece scarfs for needy children

Promoting Literacy

Koreh LA: Decorate book marks

Beautifying the Temple

Gardening and/or fix it up projects
Stay and help clean up (!)

Paper Shredding

Support Temple cleanup... bring your papers to the temple for shredding (for a small fee.)

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