Social Action

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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 or Lou Innenberg, 216-455-1701 or

Ongoing Projects


The Kosher Food Pantry

The CKFP distributes bags and bags of food to those in need. On Sunday mornings they pack and distribute food to area elderly that are home bound. On a quarterly basis we are bringing a group to help with this mitzvah. Please contact Lynn Harris for more information on this worthwhile family project. or 216-514-8952

Transplant House


Transplant House

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 if interested in joining in with us.



The Kids Book Bank

The mission of The Kids Book Bank is to foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need. We are helping on a quarterly basis to sort books for distribution to children in Cleveland. Congegant Judy Payne is a co-founder of this worthwhile organization. Please contact Louis Innenberg at 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. Past activities have included going to Stone Gardens, the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village, The Horovitz YouthAbility Program & Mandel Jewish Day School Garden, and the Cleveland Kosher Food Bank. Please contact Iree Reich at for futher info.

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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, You can also join the “Caring Corps” and volunteer to prepare a meal when needed!





For many years there has been a small group of women at TTTI that knits hats and scarves for the children at Citizen’s Academy schools. Based on a group in Israel that was knitting hats for soldiers in the Israeli Army, our Knit-zvah group started with the help of Joan Kirschenbaum and continues on with knitters like Jean Foxman, contributing over 150 pieces per year. The group is now looking for new knitters, and they have patterns and yarn available. Please contact Rita Saslaw if interested.



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. A collection bin is located around the corner from the Cafe.

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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: 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

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 or Lou Innenberg, 216-455-1701 or

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