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 and arrange rides to services for those who need them.
Working in the Larger Community
Year-round, we collect food items for local food pantries, and on Rosh Hashanah, we hand out bags for people to fill. We visit residents of the Jewish Home and participate in a community program that distributes clothing and other items to people who are homeless. For more than thirty years, we’ve helped prepare a model Passover seder for a program that serves mentally challenged Jewish adults.
Once a month, we bring in speakers from organizations that work on a variety of problems, such as poverty, hunger or the environment. When a member steps forward with a suggestion – helping build houses with Habitat for Humanity or working a fundraising drive for WXXI – we usually jump at the chance to participate.