Social Action

What is Social Action and What are Temple Israel Members Doing?

In the Reform Judaism movement, the words “Social Action” are intertwined with tikkun olam (repairing the world). Many of us take this as a cue to help others in some way or another and at Temple Israel — that is what we do.

Major Social Action Programs

The Social Action Committee has three major programs – Family Promise, Summit DD and Mitzvah Day – that we work on throughout the year to help our fellow humans in the community and, hopefully, we make those people’s lives better by the acts of help and kindness we perform for them.

  • Family Promise is a shelter program for homeless families in Summit County. Temple Israel and its partner congregations, Peninsula United Methodist Church and Faith Lutheran, work together to house homeless families overnight several times a year at the Temple. For more information, see the Family Promise page.
  • Summit DD is the Developmental Disabilities Board of Summit County in Ohio. Temple Israel provides our facility to hold dinners and events for Summit DD clients. For more information, see the Summit DD page.
  • Mitzvah Day is a special weekend of contributing to our community. Temple Israel and more than a dozen other congregations throughout Summit County work with agencies in our area to volunteer for a day (or two) of short projects. There are many opportunities to help. For more information, see the Mitzvah Day page.

Other Social Action Activities

Other initiatives that fall under the Social Action Committee are a Children’s Services drive and interfaith activities.

You can find information about our relationship with the Ohio Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism on the Social Justice page.

Do you have some ideas to share? Do you want to become involved with the Social Action Committee to help out people in our community? Please contact the Social Action committee through the Social Action contact form.

  • Children’s Services: Social Action runs an annual drive to supply Akron Children’s Services with support either during the holiday season or before the start of the school year to donate school supplies and backpacks.
  • Interfaith Initiatives:
    • Jewish-Muslim Dialogue: This series of discussion and dinners connects the Jewish and Muslim communities in the Akron area. Members of Temple Israel and the Faith Islamic Academy meet monthly to dialogue about Jewish-Islamic issues. We follow the curriculum recommended by the Union of Reform Judaism through their Children of Abraham book. The dialogues occur on one Tuesday evening a month starting at 7 pm with the location alternating between Temple Israel and the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent (ISAK) in Cuyahoga Falls.
      For information, visit the URJ’s Jewish-Muslim Dialogue page. You can download the Children of Abraham PDF file used in the discussion series.
    • Interfaith Justice Alliance: Members of Faith Lutheran, St. Hilary’s, New Hope Baptist and Temple Israel get together to discuss a series of topics around a theme in our community for four weeks through the Christian Lenten season. For more information, see Interfaith Justice Alliance Committee.
    • Gesher Interfaith Group: This is a Temple Israel Small Groups program that focuses on interfaith families in our congregation. For more information see the Small Groups page.