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Social Action | Tikkun Olam תיקון עולם

Repairing the World

Social Action PhotoThe Social Action Committee at The Community Synagogue is part of K’lal Yisrael, the entire Jewish community. We pursue tzedek (justice) and perform mitzvot (commandments) to translate the words of Torah into the works of our hands. We strive to become partners with God in Tikkun Olam – repairing the world both within the local community and outside its boundaries.

To participate please contact our Social Action Chair: Renee Karmel

Current Social Action Projects

Support Local Food Pantries

With the economics of the pandemic still affecting many of our local neighbors, there is an ongoing need to address the issue of food insecurity. The food pantries of Port Washington have seen a large increase in the number of families coming to them to meet their weekly grocery needs.

We ask that you please think of our less fortunate local neighbors who are challenged to put food on their table. When making your own grocery list, please add some items on the below list and bring them to one of the Port Washington pantries during the stated hours.

Cheese Apples Cereal Pepper Artificial Sweeteners
Chicken (raw) Oranges Mac and Cheese Mayonnaise Jelly
Chopped meat Coffee Mustard Honey Peanut Butter
Plantains Rice Ketchup Maple Syrup Olive Oil
Beets Bacon Salt Sugar Cooking Oil

Delivery Locations, Contact Information, and Hours

Our Lady of Fatima, Outreach Office
10 Cottonwood Road
Port Washington

Sister Kathy Somerville
St. Peter's of Alcantara, Parish Social Ministry
1317 Port Washington Blvd.
Port Washington
(Rear of IHM Spirituality Ctr near old school playground)

Lourdes Taglialatela

Mon – Thurs
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

TANS Toiletries and Hygiene Product Drive

During the month of October, The Community Synagogue in collaboration with TANS (Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore) will be collecting items for Broken But Not Destroyed local shelters. Broken But Not Destroyed Corp. is a non-profit organization that strives to provide the highest quality of shelter services to homeless women and men. It was founded December 2013 and is structured to the individual based on their personal issues.

Please drop off any of the below full size products in the collection bins just inside the synagogue's front doors:

Shampoo Deodorant Soap/Body Wash Body Lotion
Deodorant Toothpaste Toothbrushes Mouthwash
Feminie Hygiene Products Diapers Wipes

With any questions, contact Nancy Kaplan.

The Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore (TANS) is a collaborative community effort formed to address issues affecting our world today. Our focus on tikkun olam, repairing the world, includes tackling problems such as hunger, poverty and the environment and demonstrating support to the state of Israel.

Ongoing Social Action Projects

  • Community Dinners: On a quarterly basis, we hold sit down dinner/dances on Saturday nights for local residents who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy a night out. 
  • Ongoing Efforts to End Genocide: The Brotherhood of The Community Synagogue is engaged in acts of consciousness raising, education and action to end genocide.  To support their efforts and that of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, click here. If you are interested in obtaining the image as a banner (9' x 3') please contact Steve Kaplan at
  • Holiday Toy and Personal Item Drive: The Sisterhood of The Community Synagogue, in conjunction with the Religious School, the Early Childhood Center, our POWTY teens and our entire synagogue family, is collecting toys for organizations serving children and families in need. 
  • Thanksgiving Basket: Assemble baskets to be delivered to those in need. Register with Bari Ziegel at 516-762-5830. Sponsored by the UJA-Federation of NY.
  • Supplies for Success: Backpacks Help sort and assemble backpacks for disadvantaged children.
  • HIAS Refugee Assistance: TCS in coordination with the HIAS-New York team, is offering four working committee opportunities with which to become involved. Read more here
Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782