Supporting HIAS’ Avodah Fellowship: Mid-year Grant Progress Report

Founded to help Jews fleeing pogroms in Europe, today HIAS stands for a world in which refugees of all faiths find welcome, safety, and opportunity. Temple Emanu-El’s Philanthropic Fund was pleased to make a grant in the fall of 2023 to support HIAS’ volunteer infrastructure which enables volunteers in New York City to lend their time, skills, …

Philanthropic Fund Partners with HIAS for Asylum Seekers

The Temple Emanu-El Philanthropic Fund has provided a grant to HIAS to support the hire of an AVODAH fellow to process applications for asylum seekers and the expansion of its volunteer program for migrants in New York City.

“As one of the largest synagogues in the world, and as New York’s oldest Reform Jewish congregation, Temple-Emanu-El has from its earliest days been a lifeline for immigrants working to establish themselves in this city,” said Philanthropic Fund Committee Chair Daniel Jeydel, who announced the partnership to the Temple Emanu-El congregation during Yom Kippur services. “With the arrival of more than 100,000 asylum seekers in the past year and a half straining city resources, we felt that we had to step forward in partnership with HIAS.”

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Temple Emanu-El Philanthropic Fund Donates to Morocco Earthquake Relief

The Philanthropic Fund is donating to support critical rescue and relief efforts after the devastating earthquake in Morocco. Funds have been allocated to IsraAID and NATAN Worldwide Disaster Relief; both Israeli organizations have remarkable track records in emergency response and humanitarian assistance worldwide.

Our donation helps to support search and rescue operations, provide medical care to the injured and provide essential supplies such as food, water and shelter to survivors.

Timely and effective intervention can make a significant difference in alleviating human suffering during disasters like this. The Philanthropic Fund is committed to being a force for good in the world and is proud to support the work of these two organizations.

You will hear more about the mission and immediate impact of the Philanthropic Fund on Yom Kippur.

In addition to our financial support, we offer our prayers and heartfelt hopes for the people of Morocco.

Our First Spring Mitzvah Day is in the News

March 14, 2023 Tikkun Olam Volunteers and Project Leaders gathered together in Wise Hall this past Sunday, March 12, to assemble over 1200 packages containing over 15,000 items, including Passover-related goods, for communities in need during Tikkun Olam’s first Spring Mitzvah Day. We are grateful to the over 70 community members who arrived ready to …

Temple Emanu-El’s First Spring Mitzvah Day

February 8, 2023 Since 2005, Tikkun Olam has held an annual Fall Mitzvah Day to offer help and support to our neighbors while creating community among our members. On Sunday, March 12 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, we hope you’ll join us for our first-ever Spring Mitzvah Day, as we assemble packages that contain …

Our Annual Purim Mitzvah: Mishloach Manot for the Troops

January 18, 2023 You may think it’s too early to prepare for Purim. For our Tikkun Olam volunteers, it’s the perfect time to assemble packages for those serving abroad. Mishloach Manot (sharing sweets) is one of the customs we enjoy the most during Purim. For many years, Tikkun Olam has partnered with JWB Jewish Chaplains …

Tikkun Olam: Stitch’n Time Gives Back

January 3, 2023 Stitch’n Time, Tikkun Olam’s knitting and crocheting outreach program, donated 200 sets of handmade hats and scarves to Educational Alliance’s Knots of Love initiative at the Manny Cantor Center. Knots of Love collects handmade hats and scarves for families who are seeking asylum and currently housed in the Lower East Side during …

A Message from Tikkun Olam President Susan Kaufman to the Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers

On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, Temple Emanu-El hosted over 130 guests from the Carter Burden Center, The Isaacs Center, Lenox Hill House, Sanctuary for Families and The Children’s Village/Inwood House. November 30, 2022 Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who gave their time the day before Thanksgiving! I would like to express my …

Tikkun Olam in the News

November 14, 2022 Our Tikkun Olam Volunteers and Project Leaders had a wonderful time assembling over 1500 packages containing over 15,000 items for communities in need on Sunday, November 13. Over 80 community members came together for the first time since the last Mitzvah Day two years ago, and all of them arrived ready to …

Tikkun Olam: Mitzvahs On Your Own

Photo Credit: Open Hearts Initiative October 20, 2022 On October 7, 2022, the number of people in Department of Homeless Services (DHS) shelters in New York City was reported to be at an all-time record. Since then, the numbers have continued to increase to up to 63,100, while thousands more are living in the city’s …

A Closer Look: Tikkun Olam’s 2022 Project Prom

By Erica Slutsky | Communications Manager For three days at Temple Emanu-El, spanning donations, setup, and two boutique days, Project Prom not only brings people together, but grew out of the same need for generosity and community service that emboldens Tikkun Olam at Emanu-El. And so, this past April, close to 300 high school students …

New York Daily News: The war continues; hear Ukraine’s cries

July 5, 2022 Temple member Wendy Gerber shares her personal experiences on Temple Emanu-El’s mission to Poland and the Ukrainian Border in The New York Daily News. “I left Poland, but part of my heart remains there. While it’s difficult to hear these stories, it’s important. Bombs erase lives in a moment, and leave scars …