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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

Oct. 9 - 31: Blessing Bag Contents Donations Needed

A blessing bag is a zip lock bag filled with items that will help someone who is in need. Help TAE collect items for blessing bags to be made on Mitzvah Day.

Scroll down for details.

Food Collection for Manna (Our Local Food Bank)

On-going year round. Scroll down for details.

Current and Upcoming

Join us for the next meeting of the Social Action Committee - Monday, Oct 30 - All are welcome!

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. With nearly 20 people at each of the first two meetings this year, we're off to a great start. 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. At our next meeting we'll be focusing on the the final details for Mitzvah Day (11/5), the Holiday dinner and planning into the new year.

When: Monday, October 30 7:00 pm

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.

Open Mosque Day - Islamic Center of Conejo Valley Open House
Sunday, October 22nd - Noon - 3:00 pm

Join fellow congregants as we visit the Mosque. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the local Mosque and Islam and to show Temple Adat Elohim’s support for our neighbors. You may have met some of the Mosque members who joined us for the Slichot program on 9/16/17 and four leaders from the Mosque are joining us (and the Interfaith Community) to scribe in our torah. This event is open to the entire community, so feel free to share it with your friends.

Questions? Contact Marcia Gordon:


Donations needed 10/9 – 10/31

A blessing bag is a zip lock bag filled with items that will help someone who is in need. You keep the bag in your car so that if you see someone on a corner asking for help, you have something to give them to help them out. We will be making blessing bags at Mitzvah Day on November 5th.

From October 9 – 31, please bring the following items to temple and leave them in the box in the office. No need to sign up for specific items. Simply purchase the things that you would like to donate.

  • Single serve snack items: Breakfast bars, cereal bars, protein bars, granola bars, applesauce, beef jerky, individual tuna packets, juice boxes, individual serving peanut butter, cheese and crackers, individual packed nuts and trail mix, coffee
  • Socks
  • Chapstick
  • Baby wipes
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Combs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soap

Mitzvah Day - Sunday, Nov. 5, 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Social Hall

Come make your difference at this year's Mitzvah Day, featuring projects and activities for all ages, including:

  • Writing letters and making paracord bracelets for the troops
  • Making blankets and toiletry bags for children rescued from abuse
  • Donating holiday toys to local foster children
  • Sponsoring a child for Shoes That Fit
  • Making candy and coin bags for children served by Support for the Kids
  • Painting 'bowls of hope' for families served by Many Mansions
  • Assembling blessing bags for local homeless men, women and children
  • Making picture frames for the families served at the Holiday Dinner
  • Performing temple maintenance
  • Checking and stocking supplies for the Winter Shelter
  • Learning how to save a life with CPR
  • Donating blood (at Temple Etz Chaim)
  • SATURDAY 10/21 - Pre-Mitzvah Day - Participate in the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency trail clean up day at the new Sapwi Trails Community Park in Thousand Oaks (This special event is taking place on Saturday 10/21. Click here for details about the day and contact/RSVP information.)

Click here for more details about some of the Mitzvah Day projects.

All religious school children will attend and their parents and all temple adult members are encouraged to take part in this great morning of doing good for others and for our environment.

We are now looking for volunteers who can help lead already planned activities in the Social Hall on Mitzvah Day morning. Come help others play their part in the day's activities. Contact Sarah or Anne (see below) for details. Grab a friend and do it together. No previous experience required!

Mitzvah Day co-chairs: Anne Hirsch ( and Sarah Reines (

Nov. 13-17 Deliver Thanksgiving food bags to those in need.

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) coordinates the winter shelter program and the year round winter meal program of which TAE is apart. LSS will be distributing food bags to their clients in the Conejo Valley for the Thanksgiving holiday. They need people who would like to deliver the bags between 11/13 - 11/17. If you are interested in helping please contact Marcia Gordon at and she will put you in touch with LSS.

On-Going Programs & Events


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.
  • December event – TBD (Check back for details.)
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Tu B’ Shevat environmental event (Check Back 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 (Check Back 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 2017, 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.

Upcoming events for Gemillut Chasadim Chavarim (Click links for details)

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.

TAE Year Round Meals & Winter Shelter for the Homeless of the Conejo

An opportunity for every TAE family and member to make an on-going difference throughout the year.

TAE is proud to be a partner in the Conejo Valley interfaith network that helps provide support to the homeless in our local Conejo Valley community. Volunteer opportunities include:

April - November Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals, Families & Small Groups

Dinner and Lunch Preparation and Serving - 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:

December - March Winter Shelter Volunteer Opportunities

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 "to-go" sack lunches for each guest
  • Preparing "to-go" sack breakfast bags for overnight guests to take in the morning
  • Laundering blankets and pillow cases during the week between guest visits
  • Chaperoning (Sleeping over) - Each Sunday, the shelter requires two volunteers to spend the night with our guests. Those who have done this will tell you that it is truly a mitzvah. You may have questions about being a chaperone before volunteering to be one. Please don't be shy about reaching out to us for answers. We recognize that this is a new experience for most people and want to provide you with all of the information that you need. Please contact us about being one of our chaparones.
  • Dinners: These are provided not only by TAE but also by church and community groups. If you are part of a TAE temple group and are interested in providing dinner, please the shelter committee to check availability.
Email the shelter committee to sign up or ask questions:

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.

October contributions will be donated to the Jewish Federations of North America Hurricane Relief Funds. You can make tax deductible donations directly to the fund by clicking here.

Office Volunteers Needed - Lutheran Social Services

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Lutheran Social Services Community Care Center in Thousand Oaks is looking for individuals to volunteer in their front office. Among the many things that Lutheran Social Services does for our community is the coordination of our winter shelter and homeless meals program.

LSS is currently looking for volunteers. Duties include: answering phones, checking and taking messages, checking in and scheduling clients, sorting and distributing mail, and referrals. A consistent schedule of volunteering is preferred. The agency works with homeless, at-risk and low income individuals, and families of all backgrounds. To learn more, please contact Denise Cortes 805-497-6207.

To learn more, contact Marcia Gordon:

Annual Events

Blood Drives - Twice each year

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.

2017-2018 Blood Drives
Sunday, November 5. 2017 at Temple Etz Chaim 9:00am - 1pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Temple Adat Elohim 9:00am - 1pm

(Can't make our TAE dates? Contact Joyce for information about donating on 11/3, 11/7 or 11/11.)

Sign Up Now for November 5th

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

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 will be providing shoes to children at one of our local Conejo Valley Schools. Donors are given a child’s name, their shoe size and the type of shoe needed. They then purchase a pair of shoes that are delivered to the child through their school.

This is a new program for TAE that is starting in the 2017/2018 year. Please check back here for details once they are finalized. To learn more about Shoes That Fit, visit their website at .

For more information, please contact chair Sarah Reines at

Annual Community Christmas Dinner

For the last 22 years, Temple Adat Elohim has hosted a holiday dinner on Christmas Day. Serving approximately 250 community members, this dinner is a place for those who might otherwise be alone on Christmas day, or might not have the means to put together a Christmas Dinner. Through the generosity of many in our community, we provide a nourishing, festive dinner. The dinner, was held at Thousand Oaks High school through 2015 and was moved to the TAE social hall starting in 2016.

It takes many volunteers to put on the dinner each year and we invite your participation. We are looking for committee members interested in helping with advance planning. During the late fall we will look forward to welcoming a large number of volunteers for the day of the event.

For more information, please contact co-chairs Amy Corin and Andrea Moxley at

Habitat For Humanity

Join a Group of Interdenominational Organizations in Helping Habitat for Humanity
Social Action

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.

2017-2018 TAE Habitat Participation Date(s)
Saturday, December 16, 2017

Click here for details and to sign up.

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.

Click here to read more about Habitat for Humanity.

Conejo Valley Jewish World Watch Walk to End Genocide

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. The 2018 walk is Sunday May 6th.

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