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Making a Difference Together

"You are not required to complete the work, yet you are not allowed to desist from it"
- Pirkei Avot, 2:21

The mission of TAE's Social Action Committee is to encourage the education of and participation in understanding the local, national and global human needs around us. Whether the need is immediate or ongoing, we seek to develop and perform meaningful programs and acts of tikkun olam (healing the world) which respond to those needs. We strive to perform mitzvot reflecting the ideals of Reform Judaism and welcome involvement from all temple members.

TAE's place for ongoing donation opportunities

Save the Syrian Children - The Big Fill
March 18 - April 7
TAE is joining with Jewish Organizations across Los Angeles to help Syrian civilians under siege.

Save The Syrian Children was started by an L.A. Jewish couple who looked at their own children one day and decided they had to do something to help the children of Syria. Save The Syrian Children goes where other aid organizations cannot…into the hospitals of Aleppo and Idlib to deliver life-saving medical supplies and basic human needs to innocent children and families trapped in the Syrian conflict. Access to baby bottles, diapers, underwear, socks and other daily basics is nearly non- existent. A lack of simple medical supplies such as gauze and tourniquets is making the difference between life and death for children and civilians taken to hospitals that have been cut off from regular supply.

Click here to see what's needed and how you can help.

Food Collection for Manna (Our Local Food Bank)

On-going year round. Click here to learn more.

Current and Upcoming

Join us at a Social Action Committee Meeting - All are welcome!

Monday, Apr. 16 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 22 7:00 pm

If you haven't been able to attend an earlier meeting, the door to the Social Action committee is always open and we hope you'll join us and get involved. Whether you've been involved with Social Action projects in the past or are just beginning to think about ways to get involved, please strings attached.

Location: TAE - Room 6

Contact Person: Marcia Gordon for more information. (818) 991-3842

Email RSVPs are appreciated, but if you forget to RSVP, please don't let that stop you from coming.

Jewish World Watch Walk to End Genocide
May 6th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

TAE Team Forming Now. Click Here to Sign Up to Walk or Donate Today!

  • Join the TAE Team "Temple Adat Elohim Pacers" on May 6th. Gather at 11:00 am and begin the walk at noon.
  • Location: Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
  • The Walk to End Genocide is a community event that brings together advocates of all ages and backgrounds in one united voice to say, “we will not stand idly by while genocide and mass atrocities occur.”

TAE team co-captains are Marilyn Novak and Karen Stevens. Email Marilyn Novak at for more information.

TAE Relay for Life Team Forming
May 19, 9:00 am - may 20, 9:00 am

TAE Team Forming Now. Click Here to Sign Up to Walk or Donate Today!

  • Join TAE's first Relay for Life team to fight cancer.
  • Walk for an hour, two or more as part of the team.
  • Can't walk? Donate to support the team and help finad a cure.
  • Click the above link, then scroll down and search for Teams. We're "Team TAE"
  • We will have a team meeting prior to the event.

Contact team co-captains Jacob and Cathy Warner at for more information.

On-Going Programs & Events

TAE Meals for the Homeless of the Conejo

Every TAE family and member can make a difference throughoutt the year!

Dinner and Lunch Preparation and Serving - From April through November, TAE provides the dinner meal and sack lunches on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village. You can sign up to bring part of the dinner, make sack lunches, and/or help serve. The TAE Shelter committee is always looking for volunteers to help with these meals throughout the year.

Email the shelter committee to sign up or ask questions: Click here to learn about the shelter and year round meals program.


Social Action Opportunities For Elementary Aged Youth & Their Families

Chesed, (which means “kindness” in Hebrew), was originally started right here at TAE in 2001 as a way to introduce children to the world of social action. A family social action group, Chesed works to teach children about the wonderful world of helping others through monthly, age appropriate activities. Our Chesed program was nationally recognized as a recipient of the Union of Reform Judaism Fain Social Action Award recognizing exemplary social action programs.

For more information contact: Email Sarah Reines, Susanna Mac, or Cantor David.

Chesed’s 2017-2018 Schedule (Click links for details.)

  • Sunday, September 17, 2017 9:30 am in the Sanctuary – Initial meeting for parents
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 10am - 12pm Food Sorting at Manna Food Pantry in Thousand Oaks
  • Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Mitzvah Day 9:0am - 11:30am in the Social Hall - Toy Collection drive for foster children.
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:00 am - noon – Help Decorate for a Foster Youth Holiday Party
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Tu B'Shevat Tree Planting in Malibu Creek State Park. Click for details.
  • Sunday, March 25, 2018 6pm – Bring and serve dinner at the Winter Shelter (Check Back for Details.)
  • Sunday, May 6, 2018 12noon- 3pm Walk to End Genocide at the Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks (See the link towards top of this page for Details.)

Gemilut Chasadim Chavarim - Adults Making a Difference Together

Gemilut Chasadim Chavarim (Friends doing acts of kindness) is a social action group for TAE adults. As a group, Gemilut Chasadim Chavarim (GCC) goes out into the community to help. Since beginning in December 2016, GCC has worked at Manna Food Pantry, SOVA Food Pantry, Operation Gratitude, PATH Low Income Housing, Refugee Potluck, Jewish World Watch, Walk to End Genocide, Homemade with Love and Casa Pacifica.

Please contact Marcia Gordon to be added to the mailing list for Gemilut Chasdim Chavarim.

Year Round Food Collection

Anytime you come to temple, please bring empty egg cartons and/or non-perishable food and leave it in the yellow collection bin in the Sanctuary foyer. The food is donated to the Manna - The Conejo Valley Food Bank. This local food pantry offers free groceries and support services to people whose limited incomes makes it difficult to provide adequate healthy food for their families. The most needed items are tuna, peanut butter, beans, canned fruits, vegetables, breakfast cereal/oatmeal, and toiletries. No glass containers, please. Food need not be Kosher. (Egg cartons are used daily to provide safe travel for eggs from Manna to home.)

For more information please contact Maggi Salfi at 805-480-3381. Click here to read more about the Manna - The Conejo Valley Food Bank.

Tzedakah Box

Our Tzedakah box is located in the temple foyer, and we encourage donations to help causes at local, national and global levels. Read the monthly Social Action email to learn more about the current recipient of these funds.

See What We've Been Doing

Social Action

Annual Community Holiday Dinner Wrap Up & Photos

What a great day! Thank you to all of the volunteers and donors who made the holiday dinner possible.

Click here to view pictures and more from the day.

Social Action

TAE helped build with Habitat For Humanity
Saturday, January 6, 2018

16 TAE members helped build homes in Oxnard.

Click here to see the pictures.

"This is Hunger" Exhibit

February 10th - 14th

We were very pleased to host the Mazon "This is Hunger" exhibit in conjunction with Ascension Lutheran Church. 500 people participated over 5 days, including all of our TAE religious school students in grades 5 and above.

Presented by Mazon - A Jewish Response to Hunger this mobile experience featured a 53-foot-long, 10-foot-high, 1000 square foot double-expandable trailer. In the trailer we sat at the table and virtually met real people struggling with hunger as they shared their stories in their own words with their own voices. We had various opportunities to delve more deeply into the issues and take action to support real change in the lives of those who struggle with hunger. Thank you to Ascension Lutheran Church for offering their parking lot to host the exhibit.

Annual Events

Blood Drive Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Temple Etz Chaim 9:00am - 1pm

Temple Adat Elohim has a rich and wonderful history of fulfilling Mitzvot. For years, in association with Temple Etz Chaim, we have supported United Blood Services by procuring generous donations of blood from our respective congregant donors during our fall and spring blood drives.

Each time you donate, you are a HERO –– providing life-saving blood to those who find themselves in sudden and dire need. Even if you have never donated blood before, PLEASE consider doing this special deed. To save a life is the ultimate mitzvah.

Sign Up Now for November 4th at TAE.

(Can't make it on 11/4, Contact Joyce for information about donating locally on another date.)

Please email Joyce Bloom or call her at (805) 241-5440 to schedule or for more information.

Teens ages 16 and 17 may donate with a permission slip signed by their parents (available in the TAE office). If you have never donated blood, and have questions or concerns, we have access to UBS’s nursing staff. They can provide answers to your questions and help make you feel at ease!

Shoes That Fit - New for 2017-2018

Many low income children wear hand me down shoes that do not fit correctly. What a gift it is to be able to provide a child with a new pair of shoes. The TAE chapter of Shoes that Fit was formed in the fall of 2017 with a Mitzvah Day kickoff. Through Shoes That Fit, TAE members can provide a new pair of shoes to a child at a designated Oxnard school. Donors are given a child’s name, their shoe size and the type of shoe needed. They then purchase a pair of shoes and drop them off at temple. The shoes are then delivered to the child through their school.

On Mitzvah Day, TAE members signed up to provide 25 pairs of shoes. This mitzvah will recur throughout the year. If you would like to participate and provide a pair of shoes to a child in need, please contact chair Sarah Reines at

To learn more about Shoes That Fit, visit their website at .

Social Action

Habitat For Humanity

TAE participates in building and landscaping projects through Habitat for Humanity in Ventura County. We usually spend six to eight hours at a project site on a Saturday (or when possible, a Sunday). Participants must be 16 or older, but no building skills are required.

2017-2018 TAE Habitat Participation Date(s)
Saturday, December 16, 2017 (Rescheduled to 1/6/18 due to the Thomas fire)

Click here to see pictures from our build day.

Another way to support Habitat is by shopping at "ReStore” in Simi Valley or Oxnard. This building materials thrift store sells new and used items to the public. Organizations and individuals donate everything, and all proceeds from ReStore are used to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County.

For information about our next Habitat project, Email David Shain or call him at (805) 660-1609.

Click here to read more about Habitat for Humanity.

Conejo Valley Jewish World Watch Walk to End Genocide

Sunday, May 6th, 2018 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Social Action

Each spring, TAE joins with our other local synagogues to raise awareness, support and hope for survivors of Genocide. TAE is an official member of Jewish World Watch, an inter-congregational coalition to combat genocide around the world.

Click here to learn more and sign up to join the TAE walk team!

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