At Temple Solel, social action programs provide opportunities for our congregants of all ages and interests to fulfill the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam by helping those in need.
Our hope is that every member of Temple Solel will put the “action” into social action by giving of time and energy to one of the many worthy causes with which Temple Solel is involved. Whenever you help someone in need, the intrinsic rewards will be invaluable.
There are a myriad of mitzvah projects from which to choose; some are ongoing while others occur once each year. Our wish is that there will be at least one initiative that resonates with you and that it will call you to action. Whether you can only give an hour of time or become a leader for one of our programs, we need your energy, your passion, and your dedication – and so do the people we serve! We are always seeking new ideas and new members for the Social Action Committee. For more information, please contact Shiri Haines, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interfaith Shelter: Administered through the Community Resource Center of Encinitas, churches and synagogues provide shelter and hospitality on a rotating basis to persons who are homeless in the coastal San Diego area during the holiday season. As of 2017, Temple Solel is proud to have participated in this amazing mitzvah for twenty-four years. There are innumerable ways to become involved to ensure the success of the Interfaith Shelter from providing a meal to being an overnight host. Planning begins in the fall. For more information, please contact Shiri Haines, email@example.com.
Solel Serves: Interfaith Community Services in Escondido runs a year-round homeless shelter for approximately sixty men and women. One Sunday each month, fifteen to twenty adults and teens (must be 12 years old to participate) meet in the kitchen of Temple Solel to prepare a meal which is served to the clients of Haven House. The Temple Solel team not only prepares and serves the meal; the volunteers also dine and play Bingo with the guests. It is a very interactive experience. The time commitment is about 3 ½ hours beginning at 3:45 pm and ending at approximately 7:30pm. B’Nai Mitzvah students can earn mitzvah hours. To see the calendar and sign up, CLICK HERE. For more information, please contact Ellen Bramson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bundles for Babies: Throughout the greater San Diego area, there are pregnant teenagers in need of supplies for their newborns. This program gives these new moms a wrapped box filled with gently used baby clothes, a new baby blanket, and a new children’s book. You can help by donating gently used clothes ages 0-18 months (boys and girls), a new baby blanket, book or a small financial donation. CLICK HERE for the flyer describing needed items.
Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive: A wonderful way for you to help homebound seniors for Thanksgiving is to donate a Turkey dinner! You don’t have to do it alone – collaborate with family and friends to create a delicious basket of goodies which will be delivered to and distributed by Jewish Family Services. For more information, please contact Rise Edney at email@example.com.
Passover Food Drive: Each year, Temple Solel collects Passover items for folks helped through Jewish Family Services. Please take note of when the collection drive begins. Boxes will be placed in the Temple Administrative offices for you to donate everything from matzah to gefilte fish to macaroons. If you are unable to donate items, but would consider giving a small donation, the shopping will be done for you.
Back to School Drive: Prior to the beginning of the school year, The Stars and Stripes Committee proudly leads the drive for collecting school supplies for military families that are currently serving at Camp Pendleton. When you are purchasing school supplies for your own children, please consider buying a few extra items for the military children: backpacks for small children, #2 pencils, pens, notebooks (not college rule), binders and notebook paper (not college rule), crayons, glue sticks and placing them in the bins located in the Temple Administrative Offices. For more information, please contact Marsha Schjolberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or Art Cravets at email@example.com.
Stand Down: Each year, Temple Solel participates in a program, called “Stand Down” to support the veterans of San Diego. Held in Balboa Park over several days, Temple Solel is one of many organizations and service providers which offer a multitude of amenities for our soldiers, including but not limited to, clothing, showers, barbers, makeovers, medical, dental, and optical care, legal aid, and employment counseling. Temple Solel typically collects clothing (especially for job interviews) and undergarments for both men and women. If you would like to become more involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for details on Clothing Drive.
Community Service in the Religious School and Early Childhood Center:
Temple Solel's Early Childhood Center (ECC) participates in several mitzvah programs throughout the school year. Each holiday season, the ECC partners with Jewish Family services for the Embrace-a-Family Program in which preschool families purchase items from the wish lists of local families in need. The goal is to provide these families with a joyous Hanukkah or Christmas season that would otherwise not be possible. The preschoolers also make bag lunches for the local homeless shelter. In addition, the kindergarten has several mitzvah projects throughout the year including book, food and toiletry drives as well as their annual Farmers’ Market. Temple Solel families also participate in the JCC's monthly Little Mensch’s program, which has a different theme each month aimed at getting children involved with performing good deeds. For more information, please contact Leslie Scheck at email@example.com. Making sandwiches for the hungry, creating cards for hospital patients and visiting with seniors at the neighboring nursing homes are just some of the ways that Religious School students participate in social action. Annually, the Religious School “adopts” a mitzvah organization and students collect tzedakah weekly which is donated at the end of the school year. For more information, contact Ellen Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tikkun Youth Group:
Teens from grades seven through eight participate in hands-on social action programs as well as interactive educational forums to increase awareness of Tikkun Olam. There are many ways to become involved including leadership opportunities on the Tikkun Board of Directors. For more information, contact Craig Parks at email@example.com.