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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!

Temple Adat Elohim's Annual Community Christmas Dinner
December 25th, from 11:30 am - 2:00 pm - Thousand Oaks High School

In these very tough times, a proper holiday dinner with all the trimmings shouldn't be something anybody has to give up. If you need a place to spend December 25th with good food, music, laughter, and a chance to make new friends, we have the perfect place for you. It's completely free, and you're invited! To volunteer please contact


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.


Winter Shelter Starts December 6th
TAE hosts the weekly Conejo Free Meal and Shelter program every winter

Every winter, from December through March, TAE opens its doors to the neediest in our community by turning our social hall into a temporary shelter on Sundays. On these nights, we serve a hot meal to 50-80 people and provide overnight accommodation to 20-35 people. This takes an army of volunteers, and we welcome all the help we can get!

Volunteer opportunities include: Preparing lunch bags to-go for each guest, preparing breakfast bags for the overnight guests for the morning, doing laundry after the overnight guests leave, chaperoning (sleeping over) with others to keep an eye on our facility and to ensure the safety of all, Monitoring of outside areas before bedtime. Note about dinners: these are provided not only by TAE but also by church and community groups. If you are part of a temple group and are interested in providing dinner, please contact us to check availability

We are happy to explain any or all of these roles in more detail. If you are interested in participating in the winter shelter along with hundreds of other TAE congregants, please send an email to the link below with your contact information and one of our team members will call you back. This is a very serious commitment and we like to explain the whole process to our volunteers so that we are able to provide this valuable service to our community. Contact TAE Shelter 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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