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Mitzvah Day

Make your difference Sunday morning November 5th, 9:00 - 11:30!


  • 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 Scroll down for details and RSVP information. (Rain date 10/28)

Holiday Toy Drive for Foster Children

Chesed will collect toys and other holiday gifts for local children in foster care. More than 100 children have shared their wishes with TAE. As you shop for your family in the next two weeks, why not add to your cart a few items that will help to make the wishes of these deserving children come true, too?

Click on the link below to sign up below to "sponsor" and provide gifts for specific children.


Please bring new, unwrapped items that are labeled with the name of the child(ren) you are sponsoring to the Social Hall, where Chesed will have collection boxes.

For more information, email Susanna Mac at sandbergfamily4@yahoo.com or Sarah Reines at sarahjreines@gmail.com.

Mitzvah Day with Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency Trail Clean Up Day @Sapwi Saturday 10/21

(Rain date: October 28)

Meet @ Westlake Blvd/ Rainfield entrance 7:45 am

This year TAE is recruiting volunteers to participate in a ranger led project in the Lang Ranch community. (This is a Mitzvah Day event happening two weeks before the TAE onsite day.) Join many who will help establish a new community park on Saturday, October 21. Parents and children (>10yrs) are encouraged to help out. Tools provided but please bring water, sunscreen, hat and wear closed toe shoes. Lunch will be provided and there will be drawings and door prizes. Click here to see the COSCA event flier.

TAE would love to have a large contingent come out to support our local parks. Please bring your phones/cameras to document with pictures and stories to share on the TAE Social Action Facebook page. Look for a TAE sign and/ or banner upon arrival so that we can meet, work and stay together.
For information and to RSVP, contact Steve Forman: (650)-714-1258 or email forman3d@hotmail.com.

Say Thank You to the Troops

  • Make Paracord Bracelets
  • Review school children letters being sent to the troops
  • Write your own letter to a service person
  • Who is this dashing man in uniform? It's Temple Adat Elohim's very own past president Bob Murray, who served in Vietnam and is proud to support our Mitzvah Day project with Operation Gratitude to write and review letters showing our appreciation for all who serve.

    Operation Gratitude sends more than a million "thank you" letters to troops each year. Bob shared what letters from home meant to him when he was deployed:

    "Having spent a year of my life in Vietnam, mail call was everything that connected us to the 'world.' Back then we didn't have cell phone or even landlines to connect us with our loved ones, including my lovely girlfriend now wife. Her letters and packages were so welcome and reminded me what we were fighting for."

    Please join Bob and the Temple Adat Elohim Brotherhood at Mitzvah Day, to be held 9-11:30 a.m. November 5 in the Social Hall, to send your words of encouragement and gratitude to the brave men and women who are serving this country. Questions? Contact Sarah Reines (sarahjreines@gmail.com) or Anne Hirsch (awhirsch@aol.com).

    Mitzvah Day Blood Drive

    Give blood and save a life.

    Contact Joyce Bloom today at jbloom1967@gmail.com or 1-805-241-5440 to schedule an appointment to donate blood at Temple Etz Chaim on Mitzvah Day, Nov. 5.

    Over more than 20 years, Joyce has organized dozens of blood drives at Temple Adat Elohim and in partnership with Temple Etz Chaim. She's inspired to keep helping because she knows that many members of both congregations have directly benefited from blood donations. Joyce says the need is especially urgent now because of Hurricane Harvey. She urges all who can to "please come out to do the ultimate mitzvah - saving lives!"

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