Improving the lives of others by engaging our Temple Community through volunteer actions while developing enduring personal connections
We invite you to get involved in our various Social Justice Projects and Initiatives. For more general information please contact Faith Schaffer, chair of our Social Action Commitee firstname.lastname@example.org or Lou Innenberg, 216-455-1701 or email@example.com
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Greater Cleveland Congregations
The Temple – Tifereth Israel is a member of a citywide interfaith coalition called Greater Cleveland Congregations, comprised of approximately 40 churches, synagogues and mosques. GCC acts powerfully and works together as a team to advocate for important social justice issues in Cleveland. GCC is highly committed to taking thoughtful action involving the following key issues: Education, Gun Violence, Criminal Justice, Food Accessibility, Jobs & Health Care. The GCC includes action teams, strategy teams and executive teams that meet regularly and are highly dedicated to each cause. If the above key issues are of interest to you and you’d like to help make a difference in policy and action regarding those issues, please consider becoming a part of the GCC! You can help make a tremendous difference by representing The Temple – Tifereth Israel as a member of the GCC! For more information go to www.greaterclevelandcongregations.org/ and email your interest to Louis Innenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kosher Food Pantry
The CKFB distributes bags and bags of food to those in need. Right now the oragnization can use the help of TTTI families. On Sunday mornings they pack and distribute food to area elderly that are home bound. We would like volunteers for this mitzvah, which will be happening on a quarterly basis. Please contact Lynn Harris for more information on this worthwhile family project. email@example.com or 216-514-8952
The Transplant House of Cleveland is a non-profit organization with an important mission: to provide temporary, affordable housing in a home-like environment for organ transplant patients and their families while they visit Cleveland for medical care. They provide a cozy, welcoming home-away-from-home where transplant families can face medical challenges with the help and support of others. Accordingly, we are now providing a quarterly home cooked meal for the residents. Please contact Louis Innenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in joining in with us.
5th & 6th Grade Mitzvah Corp
We know it can be hard to find meaningful, engaging volunteer experiences for our children especially as they prepare for B'nai Mitzvah. That is why we have launched our 5th & 6th Grade Mitzvah Corp so our students can sample a variety of volunteer opportunities. This is enrichment opportunity outside of class time. Upcoming activities include going to Stone Gardens on 2/9/17, the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village on 3/7/17, The Horovitz YouthAbility Program & Mandel Jewish Day School Garden on 4/9/17, and the Cleveland Kosher Food Bank in May. Please contact Iree Reich at email@example.com for futher info.
Caring Congregation Initiative
The Caring Congregation Initiative is a program that provides a meal to families during a time of need. This includes many different circumstances, such as: after the death of a loved one, when someone returns from a hospital stay, after the birth of a baby, during a challenging family transition – or any other time when you may need a meal, or feel as though someone else may need one. The Temple’s G’milut Chasidim Caring Corps is ready to help out! If you need a meal, or you know someone else that does please contact Cyndi Wilson: 216-831-3233 x. 114 or, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join the “Caring Corps” and volunteer to prepare a meal when needed!
Battery Recycling Program
Did you know that household batteries are responsible for 50 to 70% of all heavy material found in landfills? We are offering an easy way to help! Bring your old batteries to the reception desk where a pail is available for proper disposal. A recycle business will extract 61% of the battery components: zinc, manganese, steel and even the paper and plastic on the outside jacket. These materials will be sent to manufacturers for reuse. It is 85% more efficient to recycle recoverable materials then it is to mine the original ores from the ground.
Cans for Corridors
Help our 3rd & 4th graders by Recycling Your Empty Aluminum Beverage Cans! These students visited the Akron Zoo in September and learned about the plight of many endangered species. Now they're helping the Zoo by collecting aluminum beverage cans to repopulate tree corridors, restoring links between fragments of massively degraded Brazilian rainforest. One tree can be planted for every 50 cans collected. As of mid-December we have collected over 600 cans! A collection bin is located around the corner from the Cafe.
Little Free Library at Adlai Stevenson School
The Temple - Tifereth Israel has "adopted" Adlai Stevenson Elementary School in Cleveland! As such, we have also provided Adlai Stevenson School with a Little Free Library. Students and parents may take a book and replace it with another. Or, they can take a book and keep it! In order to keep the Library stocked, we need BOOKS! To donate to our Little Free Library, contact Polly Karr: email@example.com or 216-262-5032.
Other Volunteering Opportunities
Temple Greeters Needed for Shabbat Services
Bring a Shabbat greeting and a smile! Friday Evenings at 5:45 p.m.Contact Lana Jacobson at 216-831-3233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources - clink on the links below
B'nai Mitzvah Guide Book for Mitzvah Projects
Opportunities to help Welcome Refugees to Cleveland
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland - Places to Volunteer in Cleveland
The Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement
Mazon - A Jewish Response to Hunger
Repair The World
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
American Jewish World Service
Israel Religious Action Center of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism
We invite you to get involved in our various Social Justice Projects and Initiatives. For more information please contact Faith Schaffer, chair of our Social Action Commitee email@example.com or Lou Innenberg, 216-455-1701 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Finance
(216) 831-3233, x104