VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (Tikkun Olam)
Almost two millennia ago, Rabbi Tarfon taught, “You are not required to complete the work, but you cannot abstain from it.”
Looking at the world around us, the need can be overwhelming, but our tradition teaches us that inaction is not an option. Tikkun olam, repairing the world around us, is a core value, in fact a commandment, of Judaism. At Wilshire Boulevard Temple, we strive to bring people together as we engage in meaningful work and experience the pride and warmth of our Jewish community.
Our rabbis teach that when asked in the world to come “What was your work?” and you answer, “I fed the hungry,” you will be told “This is the house of God, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry.”
For more than two decades our Food Pantry has fed the hungry in our city. Now with locations at the Glazer Campus and in Santa Monica, it’s easier than ever to get involved. It’s one thing to make a sandwich or pack a lunch; it’s another to actually distribute that lunch to a human being in need. Join us for a few hours on a Sunday morning and enter the house of God.
Clothe the Underserved
Running out of room in your closet? Consider donating your new and gently used clothing to benefit the less fortunate in our community. Our partner, Foster Care Counts, will ensure that your donations make a difference in the lives of others. Find the drop-off bins on the Davidson Patio at our Glazer Campus or adjacent to the Nursery School Playground at our Irmas Campus.
Read to Children with KOREH LA
Read for just one hour, once a week with a child and transform his/her life. Many of our congregants have volunteered and experienced how fulfilling it can be. Koreh LA enables you to arrange your participation around your schedule—it’s the perfect way to incorporate tikkun olam into your busy life. Teens are welcome to participate as well.
For more information, contact Koreh LA at (323) 761-8153 or email@example.com
Disaster Response Team of Wilshire Boulevard Temple
When natural disasters strike, we’re fixed on the news and want to help. Physical and financial donations are essential, but it can’t stop there. That’s why we’re building a Disaster Response Team—so we can be on the ground in the days and weeks after a disaster, responding in a meaningful way to the needs of those affected!
In the wake of Super Storm Sandy, a small team from the Temple traveled to New York to aid in the relief efforts in partnership with NECHAMA. A small group flew to Oklahoma in the aftermath of the tornados to work with NECHAMA in the cleanup efforts, and last fall we went to Colorado to help rebuild flood-damaged homes.
Stay tuned for information about future trips and our preparedness trainings. www.wbtla.org/disasterresponse
Care Harbor Health Clinic
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Once again this fall, nearly 10,000 of our city’s most in need will descend on the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for the Care Harbor Free Health Clinic. This year, Wilshire Boulevard Temple is teaming up with Care Harbor to make a difference.
The Care Harbor Clinic provides free care on a massive scale—everything from dental fillings, cleanings and extractions to eye exams and prescription glasses, and from medical exams and procedures to immunizations and screenings. In the span of a single day, this clinic brings help and hope to thousands.
Become part of our Wilshire Boulevard Temple Team at this year’s Care Harbor Clinic.
Healthcare professional or not, we need you! Choose among the hundreds of volunteer opportunities to get involved and have an impact on people’s lives.
The Big Give
As we gather together with our families to celebrate Thanksgiving, we cannot forget the thousands of Angelenos who are hungry and homeless. Once again, we will assemble and deliver 1,000 complete Thanksgiving dinners to feed 4,000 of our city’s most needy families. Last year’s event was unforgettable; don’t miss this opportunity to infuse your Thanksgiving with some added meaning.
Build A Bike
At our first ever Build a Bike event, we will build and distribute bicycles to low income children. Congregants work together in small teams to assemble between [25 -100] bicycles, probably of two different sizes to accommodate different age groups. At the end of the build, [25-100] children from a designated partner organization will come to the Temple, and the building team will present each child with a new bike and bike helmet. We expect to add a community building component to the event, which could include a meal, a movie or something else.
Bet Tzedek Legal Clinic
Bet Tzedek is well known for its Holocaust reparations work on behalf of survivors. This fall we’ll partner with Bet Tzedek in a pro bono legal clinic to help Holocaust survivors in another meaningful way: arranging advanced medical directives with them to clearly articulate their wishes with respect to medical care. Such medical directives are easy to execute and extremely important, and together we will ensure that every survivor in Los Angeles has one.
For more information about our social action and social justice programming, or to share what you’re passionate about, please contact Denise Magilnick at (424) 208-8930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.