Tikkun Olam

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. 

Model Seder

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.

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