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Social Action

Alzheimer’s Project - Good Friends Social Club

The Good Friends Social Club is a joint project of Temple Israel and The Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee. The Good Friends Social Club is offered free of charge to caregivers and their loved ones who have been admitted through the Alzheimer’s Project’s intake process. Good Friends Social Club is open every Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Temple Israel. The day is filled with activities such as seated yoga, music, arts and crafts, puzzles, walks, games, and bingo. Individuals may also take some “down time” to chat with a friend, flip through a magazine, or just relax. Morning snack and lunch are provided for our guests. For more information, please contact Megan Bakan.

Chevre Kadisha

Simply translated, Chevre Kadisha is a holy group. Tahara is the traditional preparation of the body for burial. Tahara consists of washing the body, purifying it with water, dressing the body and placing it in the casket or aron - all accompanied by prayers and intentions. It is a very ancient custom, though one that many Reform Jews may not know about. A woman who has died is given Tahara by a group of women; a man who has died is given Tahara by a group of men. If you are interested in serving with Chevre Kadisha or for more information, please contact Judith Lyons or Brian Pelc.

Grace Mission - Monthly Mitzvah Project

Grace Mission is the largest USDA Certified Soup Kitchen in Tallahassee.  The Mission serves over 45,000 meals yearly to those in need, including those most often forgotten in society: the homeless, poor, underemployed, addicted, and people living with HIV and AIDS. Temple Israel serves both breakfast and lunch at Grace Mission on the third Sunday of every month. This Mitzvah project requires two teams of  five volunteers for each meal shift. Members of our community ages 10 and up are welcome to volunteer. However, volunteers under the age of 13 are asked to have a parent accompany them for their first volunteer shift. For more information, please contact Renee Mirowitz or Marcia Perlin.

Kearney Center

On the fifth Sunday of each month, Temple Israel provides volunteers to cook and serve food at the Shelter, to bring donations of fruit and salad, and to talk about and pray for an end to food instability in Leon County and beyond. For more information, please contact Isabelle Potts and Stevie Fenton.

Meals on Wheels

Each Labor Day, Temple Israel members and friends prepare and deliver Meals on Wheels. Without our help, meals would not be delivered on this holiday. Kitchen help is needed from 8:30 - 10:30 AM, and delivery help is needed from 10:15 AM - Noon. For more information, please contact Renee Mirowitz or Mary McCormick.

Ronald McDonald House

Each year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, volunteers from Temple Israel are asked to help staff the Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee. Shifts run on these two days from Noon - 3:00 PM, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, and 9:00 PM - 9:00 AM.

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in the nation's capital for over 40 years. It has educated and mobilized the American Jewish community on legislative and social concerns as an advocate in the Congress of the United States on issues ranging from Israel and Soviet Jewry to economic justice and civil rights, to international peace and religious liberty. For more information, visit the RAC website.

Wed, April 25 2018 10 Iyar 5778