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Social Action at Temple Aliyah

“In a free society, although each person  may not be guilty, all are responsible"  

(Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel)

Inspired by the Jewish tradition of engaging in mitzvot dedicated to tikkun olam, the Social Action Committee offers opportunities to learn and inspire action, in response to Jewish issues of social justice that occur on local, national and international levels. We invite you and your family to join us in these projects.

Ongoing Programs

Sort food items at the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the principal source of food for all the local food pantries and soup kitchens in the Commonwealth. We offer opportunities approximately 3-4 times per year. Contact Hal Bryer at for more information.

Become a Reading Tutor at the Philbrick Elementary School in Roslindale as part of the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy. Participation requires a commitment of one or two hours per week, plus training. Tutor training sessions are held at least twice each school year. Email Judy Varon at or call 781-444-3812.

Collect low-sodium vegetable soup and raisins for the JF&CS Family Table food pantry in Waltham. Leave your donations in the boxes in the school lobby. We also help with food distributions around the Boston area on the first Sunday of each month. Contact Marla Simon at to join us.

Engage with Temple Aliyah’s adopted unit of children, ages 7-13, at the Walker School on Central Avenue once a month from 4-6 pm. Volunteers must be at least 18. Contact Marty Lipman at for more information.

Related Resources

Mitzvah Centerpiece booklet

The social action committee developed this resource to provide information on what “mitzvah centerpieces” are, why people choose them, and how one can begin and execute the process. Mitzvah centerpieces may be used in lieu of other more expensive table centerpieces, such as flowers, to decorate tables at your special simcha. These centerpieces often contain goods (e.g., food pantry items, animal shelter necessities) that are then donated after your event to the charity of your choice. They demonstrate your awareness and commitment to social justice issues, decorate your tables, AND help others. Get the booklet here.

Donating Leftover Food

If you have leftover food and/or paper products from your simcha, and you are interested in donating them for immediate use by our hungry and homeless neighbors in the Boston area, please consider donating to Bristol Lodge Soup Kitchen. Large quantities of food (i.e., food that will feed at least 15-20 people) will be picked up by Bristol Lodge staff; otherwise, leftovers may be dropped off at their facility in Waltham. Please find all the details on the flyer in the temple kitchen or download it here

Other social action activities at Temple Aliyah, which are described on their own webpages:

  • Strengthen our bond with Israel: Kesher Committee
  • Provide caring support to Temple members in times of need, including knitting healing shawls for those who are ill and/or undergoing some form of treatment: Hesed Committee 
Tuesday, October 26 2021 20 Cheshvan 5782