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Volunteering one's time and expertise is not only a recognized Jewish value, but one that is highly prized in our Temple community. Tikun Olam is imperative to repair the world and reflects the Jewish values of Justice (tzedakah), Compassion (hesed) and Peace (shalom). The concept has come to symbolize the quest for social justice, freedom, equality, peace, and the restoration of the environment. It is a call to action for us to repair the world through social action and our thoughtful interaction with the world and the people around us. Tikun Olam recognizes that each act of kindness, no matter how small, helps to build a new world. Opportunities for Tikun Olam within the Temple Emanu-El community are numerous and diverse. Our members are encouraged to lend their hearts, souls, and minds to the areas of our community that most interests them. Beyond the immense satisfaction of assisting to organize a program or helping someone, volunteering is the ideal way to meet other members of our diverse Temple Emanu-El community. 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities at Temple Emanu-El
Here are some of the many volunteer opportunities that await you at Temple Emanu-El:

Minyan/Shiva Minyan & Service Leaders:
Help make a minyan while getting to know and  connecting with other congregants. You can attend as  a participant or let us know if you’d like to lead services. Contact Judy Greenblatt:

Shabbat Greeters:
Each Shabbat we like to have friendly, welcoming members greeting each person who comes through the doors. The Greeters assist with name tags, hand out pamphlets, and help direct people to the various services and accommodations. If you are outgoing and interested in volunteering, we need you! Contact Sharon Sock:

Purim Spiel Performers & Purim Fundraiser:
Volunteering for Purim is always a blast! Whether you sing and dance in the Spiel or help coordinate our  Mishloah Manot Fundraiser, Purim willl be the  highlight of your year!  Contact Sharon Sock:

Weekly Baking:
Put your baking skills to work by giving desserts to those in need! Each week, baked goods (cookies, brownies, or bars) are delivered and added as dessert to bagged lunches. Help the Homeless, RI gives out 100 bagged lunches on Sundays. McAuley House gives out around 110 bagged lunches daily.  Contact: Paula Goldberg (401) 941-2042 or Barbara Dwares (401) 474-8276

Kiddush Committee:
Temple Emanu-El needs help with preparing and setting up Kiddush lunch each Shabbat morning.  If you would like to join this new committee to meet new people and help a few times a month, we would love to have you!  Contact Shoshana Jacob:

Hesed Committee:
Help members during times of joy and sadness.  
The committee will arrange meals for families when they have a new baby, will bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, and will help those who are ill in various ways. Contact Shoshana Jacob:



Community Volunteer Opportunities

Thu, December 1 2022 7 Kislev 5783