The Religious (Social ) Action Committee keeps the congregants of Temple David aware and involved in a variety of programs and activities that are all focused on the Jewish principle of “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world). These activities include educational programs and discussions of problems facing persons in the Pittsburgh region, providing donations to local food banks and women’s shelters, sponsoring events to raise funds for local charities and organizing an annual Religious Action Shabbat Service that explores a social action theme in depth. Through the many programs sponsored by this Committee, Temple David members increase their awareness of a variety of issues facing our world, and offers great opportunities for social action, long a part of the Jewish tradition.
Some of the activities sponsored by the Committee in 2014-2015 include:
- The High Holiday Food Drive for the Crossroads Food Pantry which surpassed all other years in the amount of food donations. A beautiful Sukkot fresh fruit and produce donated to both food pantries throughout the year.
- The Feed the Need through the Monroeville Ministerium by bringing pots of vegetarian soup and bread to be shared by community members in need.
- Participation in the Yom HaAtzma’ut Day to celebrate Israel at the Squirrel Hill JCC.
- Temple David member Bernadette Bove led a simulation to show the hardships that refugees and immigrants face with our Weiger School upper classes which then led into our Religious/Social Action Shabbat. Leslie Aizenman, Director of Refugee and Immigration Services at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, spoke with us and held a question and answer sessions following her talk.
We are looking into collaboration with ALLEC and Membership on several projects in the coming year. This will make for an even better and busies year in 2015-16. We greatly appreciate all of our Temple David families who participated – this would not be possible without all of you!
– JoAnn Lippock, Chair