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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.

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 sets up and serves lunch at Grace Mission on the third Sunday of every month from 9:00 - 11:30 AM. This Mitzvah project requires four to six volunteers. 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. Monetary donations are also welcome. 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 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.

Temple Israel Stands with our Brothers and Sisters of Color

From the President of the Board of Trustees
I have been struggling with finding the right words to provide what I feel is an appropriate response to the racial injustice we keep seeing over and over in this country. I am numb. I am deeply and desperately saddened. George Floyd is yet another name in a tragically long list. When and where does it stop? Unfortunately, there are no right or eloquent words that I can say, no wisdom that I can impart. The only thing that I have to offer is my hope and plea for humanity and equality among all people.
As Jews we strive for social justice because it is morally right. What happened to Mr. Floyd is so, so terribly wrong and I pray that this will never happen again. We must find a way to make a difference and bring racism to an end. To our congregants and all people of color, I stand with you, Temple Israel stands with you.

L'Shalom,

Susan Nipper
Temple Israel President
president@templeisraeltlh.org

From the RAC (Religious Action Center)
Rabbi Pesner's statement reads:
May 30, 2020; New York, NY – Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
On Shavuot, as we received the Torah anew, with its unbending demand for justice, we also witnessed protests in Minneapolis, Louisville, and around the United States following the all-too-familiar lethargy in bringing George Floyd’s killers to justice. 
The national rage expressed about the murder of Mr. Floyd reflects the depth of pain over the injustice that People of Color – and particularly Black men – have been subjected to throughout the generations. In recent months we have seen, yet again, too many devastating examples of persistent systemic racism, leading to the deaths not only of Mr. Floyd but of other precious souls, including Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. 
We remember others before them: Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Trayvon Martin. Sandra Bland. Oscar Grant. Philando Castile. Walter Scott. Terrence Crutcher. Samuel Dubose. Michael Brown. The list feels endless, and so too is our despair. But as we recite the Mourner’s Kaddish for them all, we say now, again: We will not sit idly by. 
Our country simply cannot achieve the values of “justice for all” to which it aspires until we address ongoing racism in all sectors and at all levels of society. We remain in solidarity and action with the NAACP’s urgent #WeAreDoneDying campaign, whose policy demands cover areas of criminal justice, economic justice, health care, and voting, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans. As the NAACP says, “Senseless hate crimes and incidence of COVID-19 cases and deaths spreading throughout the Black community display the continuance of systematic racism and privilege granted to white people in America.” 
We pray for the families of Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor, Mr. Arbery, and all those whose lives have been so cruelly and violently taken, and we renew our commitment to working to achieve a nation that exemplifies compassion and justice for all. 

Read more from the URJ on our call for Justice HERE

Fri, June 18 2021 8 Tammuz 5781