Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

Volunteer with the Tikkun Olam Council and Change Lives

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The Tikkun Olam Council at Temple Shalom in Dallas, Texas  is composed  of involved congregants dedicated to making change in our community, within our own lives and in the lives of individuals and their families in our city, society and world.  Our program is carried out through service, education and action work. Working groups focus on mitzvah and service projects, Israel, community engagement and partnership (interfaith as well as with Jewish communal organizations), and issue education and legislative action/advocacy. We are making plans for future events and programming and would love to have your participation in one or many of these activities! Check back here for more details, jobs you can do and roles you can take on to make a difference.  Think about it...Interested?  E-mail tikkunolam@templeshalomdallas.org and a team member will contact you.


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Embrace 

  • Sharing Experiences
  • Building Bridges of Friendship
  • EMBRACE is an interfaith women's program  that brings together women from The Islamic Center of Irving, Temple Shalom and Northwood Church in Keller.  If you are interested in participating, contact Jane Lachman, embrace@templeshalomdallas.org or phone 972-735-0133.

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Provides community homes for individuals with cognitive difficulties. 

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  • Prepare food once a month at Temple Shalom for clients of The Bridge, a homeless shelter in Dallas
  • First Tuesday of the month, serve lunch at The Bridge
  • Donate toiletries to The Bridge
  • Holiday Box for the Homeless Project in November/December.
  • Provide shoeboxes of necessities to the clients of the Bridge during the holiday season

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DAI is an inter-congregational group of concerned citizens that meets about local issues of importance to their congregational membership, such as health care access and education funding, and acts together to create change for those who might not otherwise be represented in the government or other forums. www.dainationbuilder.com.

 

Check the weekly e-news for updates!

Please e-mail tikkunolam@templeshalomdallas.org for further information on becoming involved and joining our work to repair the world! 

Tikkun Olam Shomrei Adamah

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The Shomrei Adamah "Guardians of the Earth" committee is dedicated to improving Temple Shalom’s sustainability efforts and increasing awareness of our shared and individual responsibility to honor and protect God’s creation. Our mission is to make sustainability a core value of our congregation through conservation, education, social policy, worship, leadership and action.

The Shomrei Adamah committee is inspired by the story of Genesis, where God placed Adam in the garden of Eden to till it and tend it.  Thousands of years since these words were written, we know that protecting, defending, and taking care of the Earth is our obligation as a Jewish people. God gave the Earth to all beings, and we are in partnership with God. As God is our Guardian, we are Shomrei Adamah, Guardians of the Earth.

 

Interested in learning more about or getting involved with sustainability at Temple Shalom? Please contact chair Nina Minney at earth@templeshalomdallas.org 

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TEMPLE SHALOM EDUCATION INITIATIVE

 

 DID YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN EDUCATION

INTITIATIVE WITHIN TEMPLE SHALOM'S TIKKUN OLAM COUNCIL?

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This means that we are focused on bringing about access to education and learning through engaging with community projects and partners, to impact our Dallas neighbors, ages 0-120! We want to make a difference by laying the groundwork in children's lives for a healthy start, working with school aged children on skills, and working with adults to introduce our English lanaugae, or to remediate and teach skills not attained through our educational system. Join us in this work by emailing tikkunolam@templeshalomdallas.org 

 

LIFT @ SHALOM UPDATE: Celebrating the power of community After many meetings, planning, training and commitment, LIFT ESL classes at Temple Shalom have "lifted off." On August 22 and August 24th, we registered community members for classes. Onsite classes began on August 29th, and will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays.  

 
Contact LIFT Chair Debra Levy-Fritts at lift@templeshalomdallas.org for further information, and to be added to our list of volunteers.  
 
You may not be aware, but LIFT (lift-tx.org) is a provider of adult basic literacy classes, serving adults who are low-literate or who never learned to read. If you would like to learn to teach or assist in this program, email lift@templeshalomdallas.org. As our signature partner, LIFT will be working with us in a number of ways throughout the year, and, especially at our Food Truck Palooza. LIFT volunteers and staff members will be on site that day, encouraging family literacy and raising awareness that reading is food for thought! For more information about LIFT or our education initiative, please contact us at lift@templeshalomdallas.org Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities. We'd love to tell you more, or have you come observe a class. Upcoming training opportunities will be available, check the monthly newsletter(s) and weekly e-news!
 
 
Education Initiative Resources
 
 
 
Our Temple Shalom Education Initiative is focused on education throughout the lifespan. We seek to address barriers to education, as well as the supports necessary to encourage a lifetime of learning for all ages. Check out these resources on education, and look for opportunities to learn and participate!
 
Early Childhood - High School
 
First3Years the Infant Mental Health Association of Texas addresses teacher education regarding infant and toddler mental health.
 
 
Reading Partners  addresses reading intervention for K-6th graders in DISD.
 
Communities in Schools, Dallas Region  or North Texas Communities In Schools provides behavioral and academic support to students K-12. School Years:
 
JCRC Early Childhood Education Initiative: JCRC Education Initiative  Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
 
Adult Education
 
Safe Conversations: Good communication at every level of our lives is the foundation for emotional safety, and a life time of learning. Safe Conversations (safeconversations.org) is an organization that believes "it’s the quality of our relationships that determine the quality of society. How we interact with each other in our families, schools, workplaces and communities provides the key to our emotional, physical and economic well-being - and the stability of the society in which we live".
 
 
Lifelong learning resources: National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at Northwestern University http://nrc.northwestern.edu/2016/08/olli-resources/.
 
And, of course, Lifelong Jewish Learning through the Melton School. https://www.meltonschool.org/
 
Our Signature Partner: LIFT- Literacy Instruction for Texas at lift-tx.org. To get involved with LIFT or our overall education initiative at Temple Shalom, email lift@templeshalomdallas.org.

 

 

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