Know that you want to engage in collaborative, innovative change efforts to heal the world but don’t know how to get involved?
Temple Emanuel’s justice committee is flexible in responding to congregants’ interests and passions. We currently focus on helping refugees, eliminating homelessness, and preventing gun violence, and we always welcome new ideas. We named ourselves Na’aseh (from Na’aseh V’Nishmah “We will do and we will listen” Exodus 24:7) to capture our impulse to act! Read up on our current projects and get involved by clicking on the button below.
Pandemic Lunch Drive
Help some of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable populations, those without homes. Participate in this Pandemic Lunch Drive and/or Emergency Community Drive for our fellow Angelenos. Make 10 sack lunches or more and drop them off every Sunday morning. For drop off locations and times, please reach out to Michelle Azar at MichelleAzar@me.com
Advancing Rights. Inspiring Hope.
Our new partner organization, The Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project (Esperanza), has 15-years of experience providing services to unaccompanied minors struggling with the US immigration system, whether in ICE facilities or awaiting asylum. Esperanza consists of a team of passionate professional staff and volunteers in LA and surrounding counties, helping children placed with sponsor families, and advocating for all those detained in ICE facilities. The good news is Esperanza makes a difference every day in the lives of unaccompanied children (and more) in the Los Angeles area.
We Make Democracy Work
Temple Emanuel continues to be a proud member of OneLA-IAF — working with partners across Los Angeles County training new leaders in civic engagement to create a more just city. This year, One LA is focusing on immigration issues, the housing and homeless crisis, gun violence, and voter registration.
Contact Diane Vanette at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Temple Emanuel is helping this Orange County-based organization expand to Los Angeles to help resettling refugee families.
Our High Holiday diaper drive benefited over 150 local families and we will soon be building a mentorship program to help newly arrived families build their lives after fleeing trauma. Contact Peter Siegel at email@example.com to learn more about how you can help and what upcoming opportunities are available for volunteering.
The Major Fund
Founded out of a partnership between Temple Emanuel and a local mosque, this local collaboration builds community around supporting global humanitarian projects in the critical areas of clean water, education, and healthcare. This organized relief between Jewish and Muslim communities build relationships while alleviating poverty and suffering. Email Diane Vanette at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about the current focus.
Mobilizing the community to end the cycle of family homelessness and poverty
Imagine LA helps local families transition out of homelessness. Every two years, we partner with a family to help set them up for long-term success, breaking the cycles that cause people to fall back into homelessness.
If you have skills in budgeting, working with children, or are just a people-person who wants to help, contact Debra Carnow at email@example.com.