The Social Action Committee addresses issues that have a social, political, environmental or religious impact on us as Jews and citizens of the community. In keeping with URJ resolutions and guidelines, the committee works to provide opportunities for Temple members of all ages and abilities to work toward making a positive difference locally and fulfill our sacred mission of Tikkun Olam, repairing and healing the world. It is among the Temple's most active and diverse groups and is always accepting new members.
Ongoing programs include the Feast of Caring (Greensboro Urban Ministry Fundraiser), the Chanukah dinner at Pathways, One-for-the-Road food bags (bagged food and toiletries for the homeless available in the Temple office), adopt-a-school program at Hunter and Rankin Elementary Schools through Reading Connections, serving monthly meals at Hot Dish & Hope, and the Mitzvah Garden. Social Action maintains a Greensboro Urban Ministry food donation site as well as a Mitzvah Crib to collect donations for infants, toddlers and young children served by Pathways and Mary’s House. Numerous short-term volunteer opportunities are offered each month including computer and electronics collection for Handy Capable, food sorting at Urban Ministry, and our monthly Spotlight Agency requests, such as food collection for our immigrant neighbors through Faith Action International House. These efforts are made possible by your donations to Temple's Social Action Fund.
Our Teva (environmental sustainability) activities include a comprehensive recycling policy for the congregation, where we utilize reusable dishes at Temple events, compost kitchen scraps for the Mitzvah Garden, educate the congregation on living more environmentally sustainable lives and, a Styrofoam Recycling Project. We have been honored as a Green Congregation by Environmental Stewardship Greensboro. We are very proud to be recognized in various publications as one of the only religious organizations in North Carolina who have installed solar panels, making Temple Emanuel an even greener, more energy efficient congregation. Our continued goals are to help other congregations with renewable energy projects, and to involve our congregation in the best environmental practices.
In accordance with the Torah’s commandment to leave the “corners of our fields” to feed the hungry, Temple Emanuel has designated a corner of our property for our Mitzvah Garden. Each spring, summer and fall we grow vegetables that are donated to the needy in our community. Our produce includes lettuce, peas, squash, cucumbers, peppers, beans, eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes and melons. Our efforts are aided by compost from Temple kitchen scraps, which adds rich nutrients to our soil. To join our dedicated group of garden volunteers, please contact Malinda Coleman at email@example.com.
Your help is needed to make our Temple's Social Action Program a success! To become involved or for more information on the committee or any of our projects, please contact the Social Action Chair, Terri Flam-Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.