Social Action

Please refer to the calendar for Social Action activities and details.

 

A Jewish Approach to Visiting the Sick

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A Jewish Approach to Visiting the Sick – Jewish Pastoral Care Training Program

Bikur Cholim

Tuesday Evenings at Temple Israel – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – May 22 to July 24, 2018

 

Refugee family sponsored by Temple Israel

May 2017 – WorldLink: Canadian Jews embrace Muslim refugees from Syria
The Al Zahars settled in Ottawa after the local Jewish community offered to cover all their costs.
Listen to the audio.

 

Temple Israel launches Palliative Care Outreach Program

OTTAWA, April 2, 2017 —  Temple Israel, Ottawa’s Reform congregation, on Sunday held a public forum on advanced care planning and announced the launch of its own volunteer-based Palliative Care Outreach Program. More information in this article.

Palliative Care public forum, Temple Israel, April 2, 2017
Palliative Care public forum, Temple Israel, April 2, 2017
L-R Temple Israel’s Pamela Cogan, RRT, CRE, Dr. Paul L Hacker, M.D., former Senator Sharon Carstairs, Temple Israel Rabbi Rob Morais, Ottawa South MPP John Fraser Photo credit: Mark Holzman, Temple Israel.
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The Baby-Quilt-to-Israel Project

Spring 2018 Update – almost 1400 baby quilts have been made and taken to Israel, and delivered to daycare centres, neo natal units in hospitals, family agencies. schools, nurseries.
Read the latest thank you letter from Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, Jerusalem.

The Bayit is open on Friday mornings to work (in the sweat shop!), but if you are unable at that time to help and are interested in providing some time to the project, you can also work at home. You can cut out pieces of fabric, you can design a quilt top, you can sew together pieces to make a top, you can wash and iron fabrics, you can hand sew bindings on. ANY one can help. Cotton fabrics can be donated. We are always on the lookout for battings for the inside of the quilts; it seems to be the one thing that no one thinks of donating!
Just email quilts@templeisraelottawa.ca.

 

January 31, 2018Dear friends,

Yesterday, the Jami Omar mosque in Bells Corners was tragically vandalized with racist graffiti. On behalf of Temple Israel, I have reached out to Imams Owais and Anver of the of the congregation to express my shock and disgust at the bigoted vandalism that they have suffered. This display of ignorance and racism has no place in our community! As people of faith we strive to make the world a better place though love and caring. To be attacked in this way is shocking and I am sure very distressing to the congregation. I hope you will join me in offering any support or help they may require.

As we have just commemorated international Holocaust Memorial Day, I am powerfully reminded of the message of Martin Niemöller a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. He wrote:
<em>First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.</em>

We must all speak out with a load and clear voice opposing these horrible acts of hatred.

Salam! Shalom, Praying for peace!
Rabbi S. Robert Morais