Social Action

Supporting Social Action
Temple Israel Quilts and Coordinators

Making the world a better place through acts of kindness

We strive through social action to fulfill the Mitzvot of caring for others (GimilutChasadim) and repairing the world (Tikun Olam).

Giving Committee

“Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.” ― Isaac Bashevis Singer

We would like to warmly welcome members of Temple to join us. The purpose of the Giving Committee is to foster a culture of giving and philanthropy at Temple Israel:

  • that empowers our community to care for one another and others (Gimilut Chasadim)
  • expresses our value for an inclusive and welcoming congregation (Kehilah)
  • is integral to how we work together as a sacred community
  • strengthens and sustains our community for now and future generations

We have a number of projects we would like to launch and we hope that you will help us. Our focus is on developing and leading projects with the  idea that we can give of ourselves in many ways. If you like to write and edit funding requests; are interested in designing and look for funding for projects to support Temple’s community; or would like to be an active volunteer at specific events we would love to have you. The two Co-Chairs of the Giving Committee are Deidre Butler and Kim Doran.

The Oneg Project

The Giving Committee launched the Oneg Project at the High Holidays services in 2019. This project aims to ensure that all onegs are provided for throughout the year. 

Truth and Reconciliation Task Force (TFTR)

Truth and Reconciliation Workshop at Temple IsraelThe TFTR organizes events that help to build our knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures, identify parallels with Jewish life, and develop a relationship with local Indigenous communities.

As well, there are many opportunities available in Ottawa where we can increase our knowledge and understanding of Indigenous people. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

National Gallery of Canada
Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu continuel
An exhibition featuring international contemporary Indigenous art which features works by more than 70 artists. The Gallery offers tours of this exhibition every Thursday at 6 p.m.

Books
A good source of titles of books by indigenous authors can be found on the CBC website.

More information

Contact us for more information on the Task Force or to express interest in joining as part of a group attending an event of Indigenous interest or discussion of a book. Get in touch with Anne Alper, Fran Klodawsky or Joyce Pagurek.

The Baby-Quilt-to-Israel Project


We are not meeting due to COVID-19.

Baby quilt, 2016