Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

Social Action Committee

Mission: Plan and execute programs that create awareness of social issues in our local community, the United States and the world.  A principle Jewish people are expected to live by contained the in the Torah is Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.  Through volunteering in our community, donating funds for people in crisis at home and abroad, or providing education on social justice issues, the members of our committee strive to fulfill  the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam. The Social Action Committee (SAC) meets on the third Monday of the month at 3:30 pm.  If social activism and justice is important to you, please join us.

Irving Fain Award

fain logoThis award was given to the SAC of CBY for the work of initiating two ecumenical committees that work diligently to relieve hunger in the area. The award is given by the URJ every two years to only 18 congregations (out of 900 congregations).

THE HUNGER COALITION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY works in the area of hunger through community projects such as a Summer Food Market, donations of food to Volunteers in Medicine (also a SAC project), creating a food pantry and a teacher’s closet in one of the Hilton Head elementary schools.

THE BACK PACK COMMITTEE supplies over 200 children with nutritious foods for their use over the week-ends.

Key Yearly Projects

Deep Well_Donations_-_Oct_2014FOOD COLLECTION FOR THE TWO FOOD BANKS DURING THE HIGH HOLIDAYS – Over 180 bags are collected each year  The bags are divided between Deep Well and Bluffton Self Help. Click here  for information.

CHILDRENS CENTER – Throughout the year SAC members read to the children in the center (ages 2-5) We also collect gently used children’s books  and we hold a Chanukah party for the classes each year.

FAMILY PROMISE – Four times a year we work with All Saints Episcopal Church and other area churches to feed those families who have fallen on hard times. This program is nation-wide in scope and the success rate of families NOT returning is 80 per cent. One criteria is that each family must have a child.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS – Working with the Religious School, a program is held to bless the pets of our congregants. Rabbi Bloom leads the program.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION – Each January, a Shabbat service is held to honor Dr. King. The SAC works with the Townwide MLK committee and Rabbi Bloom to  plan a meaningful program. Participation also includes being  part of the MLK parade.

MITZVAH DAYS – Many of the activities for Mitzvah Days are aided by other temple committees. The Care Committee chairs a Sing-Along at Bloom and the Religious School always chooses a project. Other events inclue a Red Cross Blood Mobile, displaying Chanukah items in the libraries in Bluffton and Hilton Head, collecting winter coats, gloves, etc., to be given to those in need, helping stock shelves in both community food pantries, and donations made to Deep Well and Bluffton Self Help during the Thanksgiving season.

TZDAKAH FUND – Donations from this temple fund are used for extraordinary situations that arise in the United States and around the world. Many of these donations are  used for Jewish causes in the diaspora.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS – Every two years, SAC sponsors a community program that touches on topics of community and national importance. We work with other temple committees when possible (this year with Adult Education). We have completed programs that deal with Human Traffiking, Jews in Cuba, and Corridor of Shame (a program that discussed the education system in the Jasper County area). We are also working on two Hot Topics, one on immigration and one on the situation of today’s racisim. Our future plans include a program on drug awareness.