Social Justice is the unifying mandate of Reform Judaism, central to who we are and what we do in contributing to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world -- through direct service, Tzedakah (Righteous Giving) and advocacy.
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COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Gary Brown, Patty Craven, Everton Dias, Raziel Levidis, Ivonne Linares (Chapman Volunteers), Diane Lindner (Virtual Tzedakah Box), Elaine Litvak, Aidan McAdams (TIFTY), Alice Miller, Carla Neufeld, Grace Wright-Pazdra (RAC), Michael Sagmeister (Food Drive), Suzie Sponder (Chapman Xmas Eve Carnival), Judith Stopek (Homestead), Bunny Uriarte, Tom Wharton, Paula Xanthopoulou (Chair), Julia Zaias.
Our special guest will be long-time Temple Israel member and esteemed neurosurgeon Dr. Barth Green. Stay tuned...
Our ongoing Food Drive (begun in February!) serves a different community each month -- and will continue indefinitely because HUNGER will not go away even if the pandemic does. Your own neighbor or co-worker may be struggling to get enough to eat, and 1 of every 4 children goes to bed hungry!

Temple Israel is collecting the non-perishable food items listed below M-F/9am-5pm, and everything we collect in August will go to the Miami Dade College/Wolfson Campus Shark Pantry in support of students going back-to-school...Please be generous, someone out there is depending on you!

NEEDED non-perishable items: peanut butter/jelly, crackers (i.e. Triscuits, Wheat Thins), rice (1 or 2lb. bags), dry beans (pinto, pink, black), grits, pasta/pasta sauce, canned tuna/chicken (pull-off tops or vacuum packed), cereal (small boxes), protein bars, MICROWAVEABLE ramen/mac & cheese/Chef Boyardee Beefaroni/oatmeal, fruit/applesauce cups.

Want a way to give from the comfort and safety of your homes? Use INSTACART! Select items from the list above, pay online, and have the groceries delivered directly to Temple Israel...Thank you!
Temple Israel of Greater Miami
137 NE 19th St.
Miami FL, 33132
The Farmworkers Association of Florida is being evicted from their Community Garden location, a site they have been cultivating for 7 years. Plants, cuttings, soil, and more must be removed by August 15th. To that end we have donated shovels/work gloves plus volunteer hours to help the transition. If you would like to be part of this effort, please contact Judy Stopek (judystopek@gmail.com); work parties are being planned for the afternoons of August 1 and 8. FAF staff has also been very busy facilitating vaccinations and promoting hurricane preparedness. Please be aware of farmworker needs and help when you can, thank you!
We will resume our time-honored tradition of serving a meal once-a-month at Chapman Partnership (Empowering the Homeless) as soon as they open up again for volunteers. If you would like to join our Chapman Team, please contact Ivonne Linares (Ivonne@alturatours.com). We also sponsor that meal when we are able via the Charles Held Jr. Memorial Fund to Feed the Hungry, DONATE HERE.

(NOTE: Temple Israel has been associated with the Chapman Partnership since its inception in 1996 as the Homeless Assistance Center -- now including the annual Christmas Eve “Carnival” Mitzvah Celebration under the long-time leadership of Suzie Sponder and Jenna Green.)
Meanwhile, you can bring holiday cheer and joy to Holocaust Survivors and homebound seniors by volunteering for the Jewish Community Services/Greater Miami Jewish Federation “Milk & Honey” food distribution on Sunday, August 22nd. The Drive-Thru component starts at 9 am, followed by Contactless Drop-Off. Get more information and register to deliver HERE...It’s a beautiful experience!
The pandemic has placed incredible stress on families struggling to put food on the table/pay their bills and also provide what their children need to be successful in school. Help the Overtown Youth Center supply kids K-12 with everything from crayons to dictionaries to USB drives by clicking HERE and choosing “Back to School Drive” in the drop down menu. Temple Israel has a rich history of supporting Overtown. Let's do our part!
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Racial Justice Campaign is focusing on the Freedom to Vote and passage of the “For The People Act” (H.R.1/S.1). Click HERE asap to lobby our senatorsit’s a form, not a phone-call. Access the many resources/tools to address/fight systemic racism. Passage of the The Equality Act (H.R. 5/S.393) to protect LGBTQ+ Americans from discrimination also remains a priority, with more information re LGBTQ+ Equality online from KESHET. Register HERE to receive RAC updates directly, and then take a moment to find a way to do your part...EVERY VOICE COUNTS!