Reaching out to those in need is central to Jewish being. Giving, whether financially (tzedakah), through acts of loving kindness (gemilut hasadim), or social action (tikkun olam) is a central and fulfilling part of one's Jewish identity. When you volunteer your time, donate to one of Temple Shalom's many funds, or help to repair the world through social action, you are helping us make the world a better place.

Our Temple Family is engaged in working together in partnership to improve the world. Five areas where our ONE FAMILY performs tikkun olam, repairing our world, are:

Please Do Not Forget Us
This important program connects Temple Shalom with the Jewish community in the Ukraine. After decades of Communist rule, Jews are now finding their voices. But their resources are meager. Many there want to reconnect with their Judaism, but without money or Jewish education it has been a difficult struggle. Volunteers who select this option will have the opportunity to make a difference by preparing Jewish educational materials, as well as having Skype pals from the Ukraine.

Shabbat at the Carlisle
For many years, some of our members have lead Shabbat services at the Carlisle. Meeting once a month, they bring Shabbat to Carlisle residents with a beautiful service on a Friday afternoon. Those in attendance appreciate the warmth, and the chance to connect with others. Join this program to bring Sabbath joy into the lives of seniors in our community.

Mitzvah Day
It is hard to imagine a room with two hundred individuals ranging in age from 5 to 95 side-by-side packing food…unless you have been to Mitzvah Day. The highlight of every Mitzvah Day without question is Meals of Hope. Yet that is just one of the many good deeds we do on that day. Packing backpacks for homeless students in Collier County, beauty supplies for the women’s shelter, treats for the humane society, so many things are done! And we need more volunteers to grow this day even more.

Interfaith Thanksgiving
Temple Shalom is part of a group of religious organizations that gather annually to mark the most American of holidays, Thanksgiving. The service reflects the shared value of gratitude, and brings together a multitude of faiths – Jewish, Christian, Ba’hai, among them. Represent Temple Shalom, and meet your neighbors who share the values of thanksgiving and community, while building bonds between the faith communities here in Naples.

Caring Connections – the Caring Committee
Acts of tikkun olam occur within our ONE FAMILY as well. Caring Connections – the name of our Caring Committee, responds to the needs of our congregation. Visiting the sick, helping the bereaved, celebrating simchas and finding new ways to strengthen the members of our Temple Family.

Select the acts of tikkun olam that speak to you. Choose one, choose two, choose them all!

We are God’s partners in making our world whole and holy. Each act of tzedakah, gemilut hasadim or tikkun olam brings a spark of light. Together, may our sparks light up the darkness, and guide us all to blessing and hope.