Temple Israel of Great Neck

Where Tradition Meets Change

Tikkun Olam (Social Action)

There are many chesed (social action) activities for members to get involved with at Temple Israel of Great Neck.
Your participation is warmly welcomed.

Bikur Cholim: Visits the ill, recovering and homebound. Contact Karen Ashkenase, 487-3048

Birthday in a Box: Annual project to assemble the makings of a birthday party including food items, goody bags and a few gifts for a local child in need. Project in conjunction with the Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore. Contact Laura Gal.

Blood Drive: Semi-annual blood drive coordinated through Men’s Club. Contact Charles Adler.

Campaign Against Hunger: Annual event to assemble and serve a hot meal to those in need in Nassau County. Project through the Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore done in partnership with other synagogues. Contact Laura Gal or Rebecca Sassouni.

Chesed Connection: Coordinates good deeds work at TIGN.  Collaborates with other local synagogues through participation in the Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore. Also organizes several additional chesed events and drives.  There are various opportunities for congregants to chair one-time or annual events. Contact Laura Gal.

Food and Clothing Drives: Various times during the year including high holiday food drive, chametz drive, winter coats drive, prom dress drive. Each drive could use a chairperson.  Contact Laura Gal.

Great Neck Sisters Project: Coalition of women from a host of Great Neck synagogues work together on an annual chesed project to benefit a local charity, usually one that helps women. Contact Karen Ashkenase, 487-3048

Green Committee: Works to help make TIGN an environmentally “green” responsible place. Contact Alex Schoen.

Hatzilu: Provides financial assistance and food to needy Jews living in Nassau County.  Temple Israel leaders were among its founders and remain involved in its leadership today.  Contact Manny Bardash.

Midnight Run: During winter months, delivers clothing, blankets and sandwiches to homeless men living on NYC streets. Makes several late night runs each year, leaving from TIGN. Contact Rob Panzer.

Minyan: TIGN holds morning and evening services every day of the year. Services can be very important, especially for those who need to say Kaddish, and it is oftentimes hard to get an official 10-person minyan, especially weekday mornings. Attending this short service could prove extremely helpful to fellow synagogue members.

Shabbat Dinner Delivery: Cooks and delivers Shabbat dinners to needy individuals and families in Great Neck. Contact Lori Freudman.

Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore (TANS): TIGN participates in this collaborative community effort formed to address tikkun olam, repairing the world, including tackling problems such as hunger, poverty and the environment. Seeking a TIGN representative to TANS. Contact Laura Gal.

Yad b’Yad: Does whatever it can to make life easier for congregants in times of stress including setting up a home for shiva, assisting with the meal after a funeral, providing a Shabbat dinner, delivering care packages, doing grocery shopping and helping with carpools. Contact Brenda Kopelowitz.

In addition to the work above, each of our schools takes part in various works of Chesed.

Beth HaGan Nursery School “Share a Smile” projects coordinated through Director Rachel Mathless.

Each student in the TIGN Religious School learns about chesed through the Mitzvah of the Month curriculum. Each grade level does at least one in-depth, hands-on mitzvah project each year. For more information, contact Director of Congregational Schools Rabbi Amy Roth or Mitzvah Projects chair Jackie Einstein Astrof.

The Waxman HIgh School and Youth House participates in various short-term projects throughout the school year, each focused on a specific area of social action. Coordinated through Director Danny Mishkin.