Make it Count


In celebration of Rabbi Jonathan Cohen’s Installation as Senior Rabbi at The Temple Tifereth Israel (May 17th & 18 2019) and in conjunction with counting the Omer (49 days between Passover and Shavu’ot), our congregational family will have the opportunity to engage together in meaningful Social Actions.


The counting of the Omer occurs over a seven week period that starts at Passover and ends at Shavu’ot.  In the Middle East, this has been a period of grain harvest.  In fact, the Hebrew word ‘Omer” denotes a measure of grain.  The Omer tends to follow the rainy season but precede the summer heat. Because it occurs between our celebrations of liberation on Passover and the receipt of the Torah on Shavu’ot these weeks offer us an opportunity to prepare for Shavu’ot by reflecting on our Jewish values and re-dedicating ourselves to learning and social action.


Count the Omer each day by reciting a blessing (below).  Choose an Action (daily, weekly or when possible) that will resonate with you and/or your family.  Be creative as you explore different acts of kindness.  Below are suggested Actions or you may choose your own:

  • Pick out school supplies or a backpack and bring them to The Temple to be donated at the end of the Omer to our friends at Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy.

  • Put aside funds (could be a quarter, dollar, or change from the day) each day to be donated in honor of Rabbi Cohen’s Installation.  Bring your funds to The Temple where they will be combined with others and used to establish a vegetable garden at The Temple.

  • Bring used batteries, pop cans and/or pop can tabs to The Temple for recycling.

  • Homeless shelters desperately need socks, bring NEW socks to The Temple for donation.

  • Support the Girls bring gently used bras and feminine hygiene supplies to The Temple for donation.

  • Visit an elderly person in assisted living, a nursing home or visit a Temple senior congregant (Kesher) that could benefit from good conversation and seeing a smiling face.

  • Say positive and kind words to others, do a mitzvah, help a relative, friend or neighbor.

  • Identify clothes and/or non-perishable food items to be donated to a charity of your choice (please DO NOT bring to The Temple).

  • Omer Blessing:

סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר


HIN’NI muchan um’zuman l’kayeim mitzvat asei shel s’firat haomer. הִנְנִי מוּכָן וּמְזֻמָּן לְכַיֵּם מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה שֶׁל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר
I AM READY to fulfill the mitzvah of counting the Omer.

BARUCH ATAH, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al s’firat haomer.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יֳי אֱלֹהֶינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל סְפִירַת חָעֹֽמֶר׃

OUR PRAISE TO YOU, Adonai, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to count the Omer.
הַיּוֹם____ יוֹם שֶׁחֵם____ שָׁבוּעוֹת____ יָמִים לָעֹֽמֶר
Hayom ____yom sheheim____shavuot v’____yamim laOmer.
Today is the ____day, which is ____weeks and ____days of the Omer.

This Social Action initiative is ideal for ALL

Individuals, Families, Groups or Multi-Generational

For questions contact Faith Schaffer at or  Louis Innenberg at

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