Social Justice at Temple Israel - A Brief Overview
Temple Israel of Northern Westchester prides itself on the commitment of its members to social action within the Temple walls and in the greater community of our world at large.
Whether it be serving food to the homeless and hungry in Westchester, driving clothing and personal hygiene items to hurricane victims in Louisiana, or organizing individuals to send relief to Pakistan, the Social Action Committee and it's team of dedicated volunteers, provide endless opportunities for congregational advocacy on national, state and local levels. Social Action activities are informational and advocacy-oriented. They are also a wonderful way for Temple members to get to know each other on a personal and meaningful level, make friends, and form working and social alliances.
The committee spearheads programs which provide opportunities for speakers to discuss social concerns. Social Action involvement has been a tradition at Temple Israel since its beginnings and is a large part of our identity as a congregation. The dedication and efforts expended by our members permeates throughout all aspects of Temple life which includes the Brotherhood Midnight Runs, which assist homeless people in New York City, Sisterhood's donations and personal efforts on behalf of battered women's shelters, and the B'Nai Mitzvah and Confirmation students' service projects as part of their preparation. TIKVA, the Temple Israel Community Volunteer Alliance, connects our members to a wide range of community services, such as shelters, food programs, and tutoring.
To get involved, contact Ellen Greeley 736-6457or Terry Kardos 737-5005
MLK Community Service Award recipient
On January 19th, 2015, at the commemoration service for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Temple Israel was honored as the first recipient of the Peekskill Area Pastor's Association, PAPA, MLK Community Service Award. TINW was well represented in the audience and by members of the Temple Choirs and Band. Please take a look at the plaque that is now hanging in the Temple lobby outside the Sanctuary. Congratulations Temple Israel of Northern Westchester!