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Social Action

"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 educate ourselves about local, national, and global human needs and to encourage participation in activities that respond to those needs. Our committee seeks to develop meaningful programs and to perform acts of Tikkun Olam to address immediate and ongoing issues. We strive to perform mitzvot reflecting the ideals of Reform Judaism and welcome involvement from all temple members.

Our Social Action Taskforce Team meetings are held monthly on the third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Chosen Cup. Please join us!

Mitzvah Day!
November 8th - More Information to Follow

Please join us as we create fleece blankets to benefit children in local hospitals. We will supply the fleece and tools needed, you just need to bring willing hands and a desire to help sick children in our community.

Please contact Rikki Fayne for more information.

Temple Adat Elohim's Annual Community Christmas Dinner
Each December 25th, from 10:30 am - 3:00 pm - Thousand Oaks High School

Since 1994, Temple Adat Elohim has hosted the Annual Conejo Community Christmas Dinner held at Thousand Oaks High School from noon until 4 p.m. on Christmas Day, “We do this because it is part of our mission to give back and to connect with the community,” Rabbi Dubowe said. “Not only does it bring our community of Temple Adat Elohim together, but it helps us to be a part of the larger community here in the Conejo Valley.”


Mitzvah Day Blood Drive
November 1st - Temple Etz Chaim

The tradition continues! Temple Adat Elohim has a rich and wonderful history of fulfilling Mitzvot. For years, in association with Temple Etz Chaim, our two synagogues have supported United Blood Services by procurring generous donations of blood from our respective congregant donors.

Each time you donate, you are a HERO –– providing life-saving blood to those who find themselves in sudden and dire need. Please join us again – on SUNDAY, November 2nd! Even if you have never donated blood before, PLEASE consider doing this special deed. To save a life is the ultimate mitzvah. Teens who are 16 and 17 years old can donate, too, with a permission slip signed by their parents (available in the TAE office).

Please contact Joyce Bloom or call her at (805) 241-5440 to book your appointment NOW! 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!

The Blood Drives will once again be held at Temple Etz Chaim (1080 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks). As always … bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, muffins, cookies, fruit, juice, water etc. will be served!

Annual SOVA Spring Food Drive
To Be Announced

Please bring non-perishable food when you visit TAE and/or volunteer to sort food at SOVA in the Valley. This is a wonderful opportunity for a family mitzvah; children 9 or older can participate. To volunteer or for more information please contact Maggi Salfi for more information. or 805-480-3381. Please bring your non-perishable donations. Proteins such as cans of tuna, jars of peanut butter, gefilte fish, canned fruits and vegetables, breakfast cereal/oatmeal, matzos and other foods for Passover...AND...TOILETRIES. No glass containers, please. Food need not be Kosher.

Social Action Opportunities For Youths 5-8 Years Old

Chesed, which means “kindness” in Hebrew, was started several years ago by a group of parents who felt it was never too early to introduce children to the world of social action. A youth group for kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade (and their families!), Chesed works to teach children about the wonderful world of helping others through monthly, age appropriate activities. Contact Yael Rosen or Debbie Lopez for more information.


Food Drive - Year Round/On-going

Our food basket, located in the foyer, benefits Manna of the Conejo. 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. Donations of canned, boxed, and other non-perishable foods are greatly appreciated.

Green Fair
Future Date TBD

The 2013 TAE Green Fair will be held in the temple courtyard. You and your children & friends can participate in this biennial event held to raise awareness about living healthier, more sustainable lives in balance with nature and Judaism. The Green Fair will not only include earth-conscious vendors, children's games and green giveaways, there will also be several new interactive learning activity centers. The TAE Green Fair is free and open to everyone of all ages. Please contact event organizer Jason Oliver with any questions or if you would like to participate in any way call (805)-657-9784 or email Jason Oliver.


Habitat For Humanity
Join a Group of Interdenominational Organizations in Helping Habitat for Humanity

Three to four times each year, 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 Sundays. Participants must be 16 or older, but no building skills are required.

Another way to support Habitat is by shopping at “The ReStore” in Oxnard. This building materials thrift store sells new and used items to the public. Organizations and individuals donate everything, and all proceeds from the 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.


Social Action Opportunities For Youths 9-17 Years Old

Rachamim, which means “compassion” in Hebrew, is a program that offers social action opportunities for youths in 4th grade and up. Rachamim aims to give upper grade students and their families a hands-on program to cultivate an early focus on social action.


Winter Shelter
TAE hosts the weekly Conejo Free Meal and Shelter program every winter

Every Sunday, from December through March, TAE provides hot meals and a warm place to sleep for the needy in our community. Volunteer opportunities include providing breakfast and lunch bags for our guests, laundry service and chaperoning. We always appreciated donations of blankets, standard size pillows, DVDs (PG-13) and small games.

Throughout the rest of the year, TAE contributes to the Nightly Conejo Meal Program on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:15 to 7:15 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Westlake Village. Congregants prepare and serve a hot dinner and also supply lunch bags for the guests. Please note that no children under 10 may serve food. Contact Karen Begun for more information.

Tzedakah Box

Our tzedakah box is located in the temple foyer, and we encourage donations to help sponsor worthy agencies at local, national and global levels. Watch the TAEmail to learn more about the current recipient of these funds.

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