Social Action Committee

0mitzvah day 2010 006Temple Isaiah’s Social Action Committee works with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) to educate and mobilize our Jewish community on legislative and social concerns on issues ranging from Israel and Soviet Jewry to economic justice and social concerns, from civil rights to international peace and religious liberty. The Social Action Committee seeks to be informed about social, environmental and political issues and guides the congregation in ways of performing acts of Tikkun Olam [improving the world].

Social Action News
Hello Everyone,
This is the beginning of Social Action being back in action, and many in our Community of Congregants have joined us.
In November we delivered a full jeep load of Thanksgiving food bags to the Harry Chapin Long Island Cares Organization. When we mail flyers and send emails about such events, there’s no way to know if folks are going to participate. Our volunteers are there on scheduled days and times not knowing if anyone will show up. I’m so happy to tell you that our congregation cares, is being generous, and is showing up!
In the beginning of December we collected toys that were distributed by Lend A Hand in time for Hanukkah and Christmas. We filled many bags with beautiful toys and gift cards.
In January we will begin a winter coat drive, and shortly a flyer will go out to our congregants and our Religious School students. It is heartening to see the kindness and generosity of our congregants.
Best regards to all,
Iris Schiff
Social Action Chair


Some Social Action events that have become ongoing at Temple Isaiah include the following:

  • High Holy Day Food Drive—Empty bags are distributed on Rosh Hashanah and are returned on Yom Kippur. Food collected is used to stock local food pantries.
  • Blood Drives—Drives are held at Temple Isaiah periodically to help alleviate the critical shortages that Long Island often experiences.
  • Food Drives—The Social Action Committee often holds food drives to restock the Temple food pantry and to contribute food to other local food pantries.
  • Mitzvah Day—The Social Action Committee transforms Temple Isaiah every year by organizing projects and events that support local organizations, our environment, Israel, and much more.
  • Collections—As the needs arise, the Social Action Committee organizes collections of items. For example, in May and June, school supplies were collected for PRONTO, a Long Island organization. Warm coats were distributed to many local groups this winter through the generosity of our congregation. New members are always welcome.
  • Chai for Chayalim–Items for Chanukah and Passover are sent to soldiers in war zones.

For additional information, please contact:

Iris Schiff at