One of the foundations of Judaism and our synagogue is Tikun Olam, the imperative upon us to heal the world and be active participants in bringing justice and healing to those around us and our planet. Our synagogue has a very active social justice committee which has a number of on-going programmes reaching out and helping in our community.
Our volunteers go to schools and give reading support for children and assist teachers in the classroom.
Matthew Talbot Hostel
Our congregants go every Sunday morning to serve in the canteen at Matthew Talbot. Volunteers are usually rostered once every two months.
Asylum Seekers' Centre
We cook and serve lunch to asylum seekers at the centre on a semi regular basis and we bring packaged meals on Fridays to enable the clients to have fresh food for the weekend when the centre is closed. The lunch volunteering is approximately six times a year. Delivering food is every week but can be shared on a roster basis.
Once a month our congregants serve lunch to clients at the Exodus Foundation which provides food for the homeless and hungry of Sydney. The commitment is once every three months or so but can be more or less often as you choose.
The Shared Table Project
In 2017, Emanuel Synagogue has begun hosting The Shared Table Project, an intercultural program aimed at breaking down barriers, stereotypes and prejudices. Through regular gatherings, the program brings together women of all backgrounds to cook, talk and share stories. The Project is an initiative of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies funded by the Australian Government Dept of Social Services.
In the video above, recent refugees from the Middle East burst into song while cooking in the Emanuel Synagogue kitchen
Our congregation has been participating in world-wide mitzvah day for many years. This year Mitzvah day is on November 19th. Stay tuned for our exciting events and activities for that day.
Festival Programmes and giving
We link every festival celebration for our community with reaching out to give to others, so they too can share in the joy of our holidays.
The Social Justice team also provide educational forums and lectures about social justice issues in our community, helping us to learn and understand the complex issues facing us as Jews and as humans.
NEW IDEAS AND INVOLVEMENT
We are always open to new ideas and ways of doing the vital work of tikun olam and would love to hear any initiatives from our community.
We also would love new volunteers to join us for once off events, periodic volunteering in our programmes or any support you would like to offer to our social justice work.
If you are interested in being involved, just email the chair of the committee, Michael Folk on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help connect you with the programme or event which is right for you.