Tikkun Olam is a tradition prescribed in the Mishnah; it means repairing the world. It is something we take seriously at Temple Emanu-El.
Chesed Team (Caring Community)
Our Chesed Team serves the needs of our temple family. We call home-bound members regularly to stay in contact. We arrange rides to services for those who need it.
And every few months, a group comes together in our Temple kitchen to make a large pot of soup, which we freeze in small batches. The frozen soups are available to any of our members who wish to make a caring visit – and bring a quart of frozen, homemade soup – to any of our members in need.
Working in the Larger Community
Several times a year, our members step forward to help those in need. For more than thirty years, we’ve participated in a program that serves mentally challenged Jewish adults – currently, we’ve been preparing the meal for their annual Model Seder. Year-round, we collect food items for local pantries, and on Rosh Hashanah, we hand out bags for people to fill. When a member steps forward with a suggestion – helping build houses with Habitat for Humanity, or working a fundraising drive for WXXI – our members usually jump at the chance to participate.