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How Can I Make a Difference?

Justice, justice, shall you pursue. (Deuteronomy 16:20)

You are not required to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to abstain from it. (Pirkei Avot 2:21)

It is easy to feel powerless given all that is broken in our world. But we believe that each person can and
should make a difference. Temple Israel offers a variety of ways to help you make a difference in the
lives of others, whether you have hours to give or just minutes. See below for some of the opportunities we offer.

helping those in need

  • Work with a coalition of interfaith women to support a local refugee family start a new life in our community.  Contact Carolyn Kunin for more information.
  • Midnight Run with Brotherhood – Collect items of clothing for those who are homeless in New York City; Volunteer to help with a scheduled run. Contact Brotherhood to sign up or for more information.
  • Help our immigrant neighbors- Work with local clergy and volunteers to learn how to support those who are seeking to lawfully remain in our community. Contact Rabbi Jaech for more information.
  • Provide a meal for homeless guests- As part of a broader coalition of houses of worship, TINW opens its doors to house homeless individuals overnight for two weeks every winter. Sign up to prepare and drop off a meal for our guests. Contact
  • Help members of our community who are recovering from injury or suffering with illness by providing meals and/or transportation. Contact the Caring Committee Cherie Marcus


  • Reform Jewish Voice of NY State – Communicate with state legislators about New York State issues of social justice. Contact Rabbi Jaech for more information.
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism – Offers a variety of advocacy opportunities on the federal level. Sign up to receive action alerts on issues that are important to you, such as immigration/refugees, reproductive rights, anti-bigotry/racism initiatives and protecting the environment. Visit their webpage: Religious Action Center
  • Can’t find the right opportunity for you? Feel free to contact Rabbi Jaech for assistance.
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