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Tikkun Olam and Social Action

In three respects are acts of kindness superior to charity:

      Charity can be done only with one’s money,
            but acts of kindness can be done with one’s body and one’s money.

      Charity can be given only to the poor,
            acts of kindness both to the rich and the poor.

      Charity can be given to the living only,
            acts of kindness can be done both to the living and to the dead
.”

(Sukkah 49b).

 

TEC Social Action

As human beings and as Jews, we want to leave our world a better place than we entered it. The concept of tikkun olam (repairing of the world) is strongly rooted in our Jewish tradition. As a result, the members of Temple Etz Chaim reach out locally and globally to help ensure that future generations can enjoy the same or even better conditions than we enjoy today.

The members of Temple Etz Chaim have been busy, and we hope you will join us in one of our ongoing annual projects or one of our special projects. Or, if you have a project you’d like to make happen, please let us know so that we can help to get your project off the ground, or give it the support it deserves: email us at [email protected]. Follow the links below to learn more about our outreach programs and how you can become involved.

For TEC Members: remember that in 5777 we are asking all members to commit to at least 4 hours of Social Action for the year. By taking the time to support just one event, you can make that commitment. Or, you can do it in bits and pieces. Remember, this commitment works out to just 20 minutes per month, or a coffee break a month. Help us meet our congregation-wide goal of doubling our Temple’s overall involvement in the community this year!

Ongoing Projects

  • Feeding the Homeless
  • Westminster Free Clinic
  • Tzedakah
  • TEC Community Garden and Bird Sanctuary.  Help support the garden by donating a bench, picnic table, or tile! Please let Michael Lysobey know if you are interested in volunteering - [email protected]
  • Writing letters to our troops

Special Events

  • Special Events are sponsored from time-to-time. None are schedule right now.

Annual Events

  • Walk to End Genocide
  • Relay For Life
  • Mitzvah Day
  • Blood Drive
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Backpack Project

"Do all you can
with what you have
in the time you have
in the place you are."
Nkosi Johnson, 2000

For more information about what you can do, see our Suggested List of Social Action Projects. You may also check SocialAction.com, an Online Jewish Resource for Repairing the World.

Rabbi Search

Messages from your Rabbinic Search Committee

For more information, please visit the Rabbinic Search Information page.

Caring Connections and More

I Care, We Care, TEC Cares!

For more information and to be a part of Caring Connections visit our page.

Bereavement Support Group: meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Al-Anon in the Adult Lounge every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00PM.

Refuah Shelamah Requests: Can't make it to shul for a friend or loved one in need of a prayer for healing?  Send in any name you would like read at services (Shabbat, minyan or other) and a dedicated Temple congregant will stand and read the name. Just email your request to refuah.[email protected] with the details of the individual in need of healing. It is that easy and simple!  Because No one should be without a voice. 

 

Chai Lights

Parent and Me Classes - Wednesdays, 9:15 AM -10:30 AM. Storytime, art, music, Jewish traditions, crafts, and so much more.

Be The Change - USY Tzedakah campaign - Are you ready to be the change? Suggested donation of $5.

Argentenors Concert - There were lots of rehearsals, lots of email blasts, but it all came together when we saw our very own Hazzan Pablo Duek perform with his fellow Cantors at the Argentenors Concert! If you weren't able to attend, we've got your back. 

 

Celebrate Sukkot

Order your own Lulav and Etrog

Celebrate Sukkot and buy a Lulav and Etrog. Orders due by August 27th.

        

 

 

Women of TEC Judaica Shop

Visit the Women of TEC Judaica Shop at Temple Etz Chaim! We carry a wide selection of Judaica gifts for every occasion. Visit the Women of TEC Judaica Shop web page for hours and featured items!

 

 

 

 

Infant Care Now Registering!

Infant Care Now Registering!

Now Offering Full-time Infant Care from 3 months on. 

Small caretaker - child ratio.
Full Time Monday to Friday 7:30am - 6:00pm.
Space fills up fast, plan ahead and reserve your spot! To schedule a tour please contact the pre-school office at (805) 497-6852 or email us at [email protected].

Registration Form

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Register for Religious School

Register your son or daughter for Religious School here!

Currently registering for grades TK-12.

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When you search and shop with GoodSearch, you help Temple Etz Chaim earn money. How? Good Search is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its renveue to the charities and schools designated by its users.

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