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Upcoming Activities and Events

Tikkun Olam means “Repair the World,” and at Temple Isaiah, that means helping others, caring for ourselves, protecting our planet, and living our values through service, community-building, and learning. In the spirit of play (word-play, that is!), religious school families will receive regular communications about upcoming events to help us re-PEAR the world! This page will be updated bi-weekly to reflect activities, events, and opportunities for temple members of all ages to do their part to make the world a better place.

Suitable for Community Members of All Ages and Stages:

- Help out or give blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive, Friday, February 4, 9 am - 2:00 pm, Temple Isaiah Social Hall. Sign up here to volunteer for 1-2 hours greeting and welcoming donors. Sign up here to donate blood.

- Make bagged lunches at home to deliver to a local homeless shelter. Contact Sally Hubescher ( to volunteer.

- Bring a package of brown rice or multi-grain crackers to the JF&CS Family Table collection area inside the Temple Isaiah front doors at any time the building is open. These food items feed 400 local families in 100 nearby towns.

- Deliver memorial candles to bereaved congregants on the first yahrzeit of a family member. Contact Carol Sacerdote ( to volunteer.

- Help out at the Lexington Interfaith Garden. Contact Joyce Greif ( to volunteer.

- Contribute your time and expertise to help support the Afghani evacuee family Temple Isaiah's Welcoming the Stranger Committee is sponsoring. Click here to find out how to help.

- Make sandwiches at home for a community day program in Waltham. Contact Barry Glass or sign up for a Tuesday slot.

- Help out or give blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive, Friday, February 4, 8:30 am - 3 pm, Temple Isaiah Social Hall.


- Join us on January 27 at 7:00 pm for Self-Care Kibbitz: Love is in the Hair. The owners of RepHAIRations, an Arlington-based hair care product shop centered on Black and "textured" hair, will share the historical and geographical connections between Black and "Jewish" hair, learn practice tips for caring for hair of all types, and share our own hair stories in breakout rooms.

- Watch the recording of Susanne Althoff’s talk about how we can align our spending habits with the values of gender equity and justice as holiday shopping season approaches. Althoff, author of “Launching While Female: Smashing the System that Holds Women Entrepreneurs Back,” spoke about the shocking challenges women face when launching businesses, and shared ideas for ways we can make a difference with our personal dollars. Co-sponsored by Tikkun Olam, Sisterhood, and the Temple Isaiah Reparations Group. 

Click here for easy ways to protect our planet by making the smallest of changes to your daily life. Brought to you by the Temple Isaiah Green Team. If you would like to join the Green Team, please email Holly Rossi,

Join a Committee

- Social Action Committee (contact Holly Rossi at

- Reparations Group (contact David Green at

- Wellness Group for BIPOC TI members (contact Holly Rossi at

- Green Team / Environmental Justice (contact Holly Rossi at

- Composting (contact Leah Baigell at

- Mental Health Committee (contact Cynthia Piltch at

- Welcoming the Stranger Committee (contact Don Detweiler at

- Caring Community Committee (contact Harriet Silverman at or Barbara Levine at

Give Tzedakah

- “The Welcoming the Stranger Committee is supporting an Afghani refugee family for at least the next year. Make a donation to "Social Action Fund — Welcoming the Stranger,” and your contribution will be used to provide rent and home assistance, health care support, education, food, and more for the family.”

- Temple Isaiah’s Social Action Fund supports projects ranging from refugee resettlement to Mitzvah Day to the work of the Mental Health Committee. Please consider contributing by clicking here and choosing “Social Action” from the dropdown menu of funds.

- Bring tzedakah to each religious school class (a dime or a dollar, it all helps) to contribute to a group donation.

- In lieu of the Temple Isaiah Sisterhood Rummage Sale this year, Sisterhood is collecting children’s, women’s, and men’s clothing and shoes, which will be distributed to those in need through Cradles to Crayons and Second Chances. Household items will also be collected, to be distributed through Household Goods. Bring your items to the temple parking lot on Sunday, October 24 from 9 am to 1 pm. Please click here for full details, or click here to contribute financially.

Contribute to RAC-recommended Jewish organizations supporting those affected by Hurricane Ida

- Contribute to American Jewish World Service’s Earthquake Emergency Fund for those impacted by the earthquake in Haiti 

Write Letters/Postcards

Join the URJ’s efforts in support of reproductive freedom:

Support the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would create a safeguard against state laws that restrict access to abortion and other reproductive choices.

Repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal health insurance to cover most abortion care.

Thu, January 20 2022 18 Sh'vat 5782