Tikkun Olam Committee
Congregation Emeth’s Tikkun Olam Committee participates in and organizes many programs, such as feeding those in need, holding food and clothing drives, and building bridges of friendship and communication with other faith-based organizations in south Santa Clara County.
One of our regular events is preparing a meal to feed those in need at the Lord’s Table in Gilroy. On the third Thursday of every month, Emeth members volunteer at the Lord’s Table kitchen and hall, preparing the meal, serving dinner, and cleaning up. Between 100 and 200 local adults and children receive a free nutritious meal through this effort.
Each High Holiday season, we collect sacks of nonperishable food items and monetary donations for Mazon. The food items go to food pantries in Morgan Hill and Gilroy. The donations to Los Angeles-based Mazon help this national nonprofit organization in its mission to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.
After the High Holiday season, we collect warm clothing and blankets. These items are distributed to those in need who come to the Christmas lunch at the Lord’s Table.
Before Chanukah, we participate in the Embrace-A-Family dreidel board gift program organized by Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley. Emeth members have the opportunity to fulfill a gift request for a child or adult in need in the Jewish community.
On December 25 every year, Emeth members prepare Christmas dinner for those in need at the Lord’s Table so Christian workers can spend the day with their families. The Social Action Committee distributes turkeys for members to cook in advance for this meal. Members transform the dining area into a festive banquet hall, complete with tablecloths and seasonal decor. Near the Christmas tree, members sort and arrange the clothing and blankets collected in recent months for those in need to select and take with them.
Throughout the year, the Tikkun Olam Committee maintains collection bins in Congregation Emeth’s social hall for donations of clothing, nonperishable food, and pet supplies. The clothing and nonperishable food go to local food pantries. The pet supplies, such as old cloth towels, go to the San Martin Animal Shelter.
Interfaith Clergy Alliance of South County & Interfaith Community of South County (ICSC)
Inspired by Rabbi Israel’s leadership in developing an interfaith service led by sixteen local clergy, held on Martin Luther King Day 2016, and by the subsequent formation of the “Interfaith Clergy Alliance of South County”, Congregation Emeth has taken the lead in launching the “Interfaith Community of South County” (ICSC). This lay interfaith group is committed to creating compassionate communities through social, service, and educational programs. The group is sponsoring a series of educational programs, called “Faith of Our Neighbors,” In addition, the group celebrates American holidays together; the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, and Memorial day.
If you have any suggestions, would like to join the committee, or want to volunteer for any of the above programs, please contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org