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What is the Temple Emanuel Mitzvah of the Month?

Temple Emanuel of Tempe is proud to announce our Mitzvah of the Month program! In conjunction with our various social groups and committees, each month, congregant families will have an opportunity to engage in acts of tikkun olam, repair of the world by collecting specific needed items to benefit the charity of the social groups choice.  

Our Mitzvah of the Month program recognizes that our tikkun olam efforts have never been limited to just one day, and it provides new opportunities for congregants of all ages to engage in social justice activities. 

If you or your group would like to apply to sponsor a month please review our guidelines below and select the button below to complete the form.   We will review your request and be in touch to schedule your sponsorship! 

  • Select a local charitable organization to benefit (does not have to be specifically Jewish, but does need to represent Jewish values in the work it is doing).
  • Determine the “Ask.” This should be focused on 1 or 2 tangible items only, moderately priced so all in the community may participate.
  • Determine the contact person from the sponsoring group for us to direct any questions.
  • The sponsoring group is responsible for:
    • Providing information about the charitable organization to us to assist in  the marketing.
    • Picking up the items from TEOT and delivering them to the charitable organization the day after the drive ends.
    • Providing end results pictures and counts of items to assist us in promoting and tracking our success. 
  • Temple Emanuel is responsible for: 
    • Promoting and marketing of the program.  We will create the “blurb” for the flyer and the graphic to be distributed on our FB page, our website, and in our emails.

We handle the PR part and your group’s members “push it” among their friends and within the group. 😊

How do I get involved?

  1. Check out the current month's collection opportunity and bring your donations to the Temple during the following times:​​​​​​​                 Before all in-person Worship Services

             During in-person Religious School
             
Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 p.m.

2. Sign up to sponsor a month through your group or commitee! 
              Check out the information above to submit an application to sponsor an upcoming month!


 

Join our current collection! 

Temple Emanuel's Annual Yom Kippur Food Drive is partnering with our Mitzvah of the Month program this year! We will be gathering non-perishable food items throughout the month at the Temple and also on Yom Kippur morning, Wednesday, October 5th at Dayspring UMC! 

This year’s food drive will benefit Just 3 Things. Just 3 Things is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service and provides food and toiletry items to youth as they transition from foster care to independence. 

Special thanks to Just In Time Moving for their donation of a truck and staff!

Previous Collections

August 1 -31

Thank you to everyone who donated!  We are well supplied for all of the upcoming art projects! 

 

Help welcome our Religious School students back with art supplies to last the whole year through! 

Our August Mitzvah of the Month collection is Markers and Construction Paper to benefit our Religious School Students! 

All sizes, brands, and types of both markers and construction paper are being accepted now through the end of August.   

Religious School begins August 14th!  If you have not yet registered your children, do so now by contacting or Religious School Director, Jessie Rubenstein, or log in to your account and click here.

Join us in supporting our students by dropping off any and all types of markers or construction paper to the box in our Temple lobby between now through the end of August. 

If you are interested in supporting our Religious School and our teachers with other supplies please check out our Amazon wishlist. 

July 1 - July 30

Thank you for your very generous donations of sunscreen benefitting Circle the City! 

Sponsored by our Sisterhood, July's Mitzvah of the Month project is just in time for UV Safety Awareness Month and will specifically benefit Circle the City, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that for the past 10 years has been providing lifesaving healthcare to people experiencing homelessness in and around the Phoenix area. 

Click here to read more about Circle the City

Join us in supporting this worthy cause by dropping off any and all types of sunscreens to the box in our Temple lobby between now through the end of July. 

Your Donations! 

June 1 -June 30

Thank you to all who donated this month!  We were able to help refill the food bank at a very crucial time in the year! 

Join us in supporting the Jewish Family & Children Services, Just 3 Things program with your donation of non-perishable foods during the month of June.   

"The Just Three Things program was born out of the need to provide food for the youth transitioning out of the foster care system at our Real World Job Development Center. Since then, the collection of non-perishable food has expanded to meet the needs of our clients at the Michael R. Zent Healthcare Center, West Valley Healthcare Center, East Valley Healthcare Center, Glendale Healthcare Center, Shelter Without Walls, Transition to Adulthood and Senior Programs. Donating “just three things” may seem like a small act of kindness, but collectively these donations help to assure that children, teens, adults and seniors don’t have to go to bed hungry.

Please help JFCS stock the Just 3 Things food pantry by donating just 3 non-perishable food items each month and provide a needy youth with food as they transition from foster care to independence."

 

May 1 - May 31

May's Mitzvah of the Month was sponsored by TEOT's Post-Confirmation Class.

Thank you to our Temple family for yet another successful collection drive!  We sent a bunch of good wishes and hopefully many smiles to those fighting for good health at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at HonorHealth!

Thank you for your continued generosity and creativity! 

Sponsored by our Post-Confirmation Class we are collecting cards, letters, and words of affirmation for cancer patients at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at HonorHealth. 

Cancer patients are often at increased risk for infection and the isolation of the pandemic must be difficult.  The goal of this project is to bring a smile to patients' faces.

Both handmade and purchased cards are accepted. Envelopes are not required.  Please ensure no scents are added to the paper as patients can often be sensitive to different smells. Include your messages of encouragement and support.  Any positive affirmation or sentiments are appreciated!

All cards will be donated to the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at HonorHealth.

The Gift of a Smile is Priceless!  

April 3 - May 1

April's Mitzvah of the Month was sponsored by  TEOT's Confirmation and Post-Confirmation Classes.

 

 

 

Our Confirmation and Post-Confirmation Classes are proud to sponsor this months Mitzvah of the Month!

Kosher and Kosher-for-Passover Food

Kosher-for-Passover donations appreciated before April 14th!

All foods with Kosher ("KFP") labels may be donated through May 3rd.  

All items collected will be donated to 

Ezras Cholim  is the only organization in Arizona that provides emergency support services to sick Jews and those who seek our help. They provide Kosher meals to patients and their care givers, volunteer visitations,  rabbinic counseling, guidance and patient advocacy. 

For more information about this organization, click here. 

March 4 - April 2

March's Mitzvah of the Month wass sponsored by Sisterhood.

NEW towels, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, and Washcloths to donate to Sojourner Center. 

A little about Sojourner Center; 

Since 1977, Sojourner Center has been a safe haven from domestic violence for women and their children in Arizona. Since our founding, we have transformed lives by providing shelter and support services to more than 60,000 adults and children affected by domestic violence.

Click here to read more about Sojourner Center.

Drop off NEW bath towels, hand towels or washcloths in the bin marked, “Mitzvah of the Month” in our Temple lobby until Saturday, April 2, during the following times and hours:

Before all in-person Worship Services

During in-person Religious School

Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our Temple family for yet another successful collection drive!  We sent a trunk load of new hand towels, washcloths and both towels to the women of the Sojourner center.    

Thank you for your continued generosity! 

February 10th - March 4th

A special thanks to our generous community!

Our first Mitzvah of the Month was a great success and sent some much-needed and appreciated supplies to “El Centro de Esperanza” (The Center of Hope) in Sonoyta, Mexico.

We collected 496 rolls of toilet paper and 55 containers of laundry detergent!

We at Temple Emanuel have a wonderful opportunity to do a “mitzvah.” For the next 3 weeks during the hours listed below, please drop off toilet paper and/or laundry detergent to benefit a refugee shelter in Mexico. In 2019 many of our members attended an information meeting about helping asylum seekers in this country who had been legally admitted. Many of you helped at University Presbyterian Church those asylum seekers who were dropped off by ICE. You were all very generous, but we had to stop our program when the border closed and Covid broke out. Since then, many of us have donated clothing and other items to be taken to Mexico. In addition, we hosted families at Temple for a Thanksgiving meal and wrote personal greeting cards to those stuck in the Eloy Detention Center during Covid.

The shelter in Sonoyta, Mexico is called “El Centro de Esperanza” (The Center of Hope). It is a resource center over the border where they service over 150 refugees a day (many of whom are children). They offer the following services to them: Medical (immunizations, vaccinations, etc., two meals a day plus snack packs to take, showers, clothing, laundry, arts and crafts for children, and legal assistance. They are currently working on fundraising to build a playground. 

This shelter was started by a non-profit called "Shelters for Hope" registered in Southern California. They purchased an old hotel last summer in Sonoyta to service asylum seekers who could not cross the border. They refurbished the hotel and had their grand opening December 18, 2021. A variety of nonprofits are assisting them with money for food and salaries. They need many other items, but we are focusing on two of them.

Please click here to email any questions.

Temple Emanuel of Tempe is the only Full-Service Reform Congregation in the Southeast Phoenix Valley.

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