Social Action has always been an important pillar of Temple life. The Social Action Committee generally meets the first Wednesday of each month with a group of active individuals who work to provide programming opportunities in areas of political advocacy, community involvement and volunteerism. We bring issues of Tikkun Olam forward for consideration and invite the congregation to participate in a variety of meaningful projects throughout the year. Members are invited to join our committee or take part in any particular project in which they may have an interest.
Members also attend other related meetings in the community, bringing reports of activities to the committee. This year we continue our association with other synagogues in our area, which we are calling The Bayview Corridor of Synagogues. Temple Emanu-El, along with Kehillat Shaarei Torah (Orthodox), Beth Tikvah (Conservative), Temple Har Zion (Reform), Beit Rayim (Conservative) and Shaar Shalom (Conservative) have joined together in an amazing initiative of co-operation, unprecedented in the greater Jewish community. We have discovered that we are all connected by more than just a long ribbon of asphalt up Bayview Avenue and beyond. Our Jewish concepts of Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah supersedes any philosophical differences in the way each of our congregations expresses their Judaism and our Social Action Committees have been successfully able to work on joint projects. This group meets regularly and more projects are in the works.