Volunteer

This page lists all of the volunteer opportunities at Temple Israel!

Below are a list of volunteer opportunities we have here at Temple Israel. Want to join in on one? Simply contact us (email Tracie here!) and you will be making a difference before you know it!


Adult Choir - Kol HaKahal

Temple Israel’s adult volunteer choir “Kol HaKahal” means “voice of the congregation” and it is exactly that. It is a coming together of people of different ages and levels of experience who join their voices for special services and events in the life of our temple. These include the increasingly popular and cutting edge Shabbat worship experience called Shir HaShabbat which brings together music and media in a way that is unique to Temple Israel. Other exciting moments for this choir include Shabbat Shira or Sabbath of Song which brings together all of the choirs for a once a year extraordinary Shabbat service. Also, Kol HaKahal will partner with other choirs from both within the community and outside for interfaith services and special concerts. Complements Holiday and Shabbat Services and performs at various programs outside of Temple. There are weekly rehearsals leading up to the performances. Any adult who loves to sing is invited to join!
Contact the Temple office 248-661-5700 for information.

Bikkur Holim Team 

Bikkur Holim means visiting the sick, and our bikkur holim team extends that translation to include those who are homebound and in senior care facilities. We are creating our own bikkur holim team—a group of lay leaders who volunteer to lead Shabbat services at nursing homes and senior facilities. We will additionally pair you up with long term residents for regular visits. If this is something that interests you, either as a volunteer or if you have someone that you want us to visit, let us know.
Contact the Temple office 248-661-5700 for information.

Book Fairs

Volunteers help set-up/take-down book fair, assist shoppers with finding and purchasing books, and help with special programs during book fair.
Dates: Chanukah Book Fair – first week in December; Passover Book Fair – one week prior to Passover.
For more information contact Joan Brand [email protected] or 248-661-5700 ext. 158

Caring Community  

Functions as an umbrella organization, helping to create Temple Israel’s human service programs and support groups. 

Choir – Junior Shabbat Singers

Similar to the adult choir, but for children age eight and up. Rehearsal schedule and programs are planned in advance from Sept.-June. Performs regularly at Saturday morning services and various programs outside of Temple.
For more information contact Maya Grinboim at [email protected] or 248-661-5700 ext. 110.

College Connection

Uses a variety of communication tools to connect college students to Temple, informing them in a timely manner of upcoming events and other important Jewish community information. Helps assemble gift packages to send students during Chanukah and Passover. Click here for the form.
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].

Dixon Elementary

Temple Israel partners with Dixon Elementary School as part of our literacy program. Dedicated volunteers give their time during the school day to help struggling readers in grades K-3.
Dates: September - June
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].


Free Fresh Food Pantry

Volunteers will sort food and assist taking food to cars.
Dates: First and third Tuesday of each month from 3 - 6 pm

  • (No Fresh Food Pantry on July 4, 2017)
  • July 18, 2017
  • August 1, 2017
  • August 15, 2017
  • September 5, 2017
  • September 19, 2017
  • October 3, 2017
  • October 17, 2017

For more information contact Elaine Bertsch [email protected] or 248-661-5700 ext. 168


Fundraiser

Plans and implements activities and events to raise funds for the Caring Community and Social Action programs. 

Future Planning

Gathers data and develops ideas for future Temple programs, services and other needs.

Garden of Mitzvot

Help assist in our Garden of Mitzvot with planting, weeding and harversting. The food grown in the garden will help feed the community. Click here to sign up today! For more information contact Elaine at [email protected].


Housing The Homeless 

A program offered through the Social Action Network, this group of volunteers help feed and house 30 homeless people – men, women and children – at Temple Israel for one week in December.
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].

Kever Avot 

Each year the Family Life Center performs "the mitzvah of a lifetime" by assisting seniors who would otherwise not be able to visit the gravesites of their loved ones. Sunday, September 17, 2017.
To be a part of this special day, contact the Robert Sosnick Family Life Center at 248-661-5700.

Labor Day Picnic & Bone Marrow Drive

Annual picnic on Labor Day, open to the entire community. 11:30 am to 3 pm at Temple Israel. Volunteers are needed to help at the various stations throughout the day. Serve lemonade, popcorn, ice cream, paint faces or grill hot dogs, just a few of the opportunities. Placement on first come, first served basis. Partially funded by Morris & Esther Bittker Fund. Click here to volunteer for the picnic.
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].

Minyan Corp

Oversees the minyan leaders whose responsibilities are to lead daily morning services at Temple and go into houses of shiva and lead evening services. 

Mitzvah Day

Volunteers will lend a hand and help those in need on Christmas.***
Date: December 25th
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].


Museum & Fine Arts

Coordinates exhibits for display in the Goodman Judaic and Archival Museum and oversees the acquisition, placement, and maintenance of Temple’s fine arts objects. 
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].

New Member Programming

Welcomes new Temple Israel members and helps to integrate them into congregational life. 
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].

Nursing Home Birthday Celebrations

Monthly birthday parties are held at local area nursing homes.
For more information contact the Robert Sosnick Family Life Center at 248-661-5700.

Outreach

Develops and implements programs designed to welcome and involve both Jews by Choice and interfaith families in the life of the congregation.
For more information contact Carol Cooper at [email protected].

Project Healthy Community

Project Healthy Community is a non-profit partnership between Temple Israel and Hartford Memorial Baptist Church whose mission is to promote the well-being of persons of all ages within communities in need. At PHC, we believe that a healthy mind, body, and spirit are the result  of good health care, nutrition, and education. Targeting one person and one family at a time will enhance value of the community and local economy. PHC derives its mission from the National Prevention Strategy, which encourages partnerships among philanthropic organizations, business, industry, and governmental bodies to help improve the health of everyday Americans.

Social Action Programming is sponsored by the Lynn and Harvey Rubin Social Action Fund.

CLICK HERE for more information


Ritual

Works with the Clergy and the Temple Board of Trustees to establish and maintain rituals of the Temple and to promote religious observance within a home. 

Senior Shabbat Luncheon 

Volunteers will help set up and serve lunch for seniors in our community. This is a fun, easy and meaningful volunteer experience. Great for Bar/Bat Mitzvah projects too! July 22 & August 19, 2017.
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].

Shabbat B'Yachad

Volunteers deliver Shabbat meals to new parents.
Dates: Ongoing as needed
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].


Shabbat Solos

Never be alone again on a Friday night! Join others who love to attend Friday night services and enjoy being part of a group. Whether attending services by yourself or for the first time, contact Nancy Meininger at [email protected] or 248-770-5007.

Shelter Parties 

Volunteers help create a party for those in shelters and assisted living homes.
For more information contact The Robert Sosnick Family Life Center at [email protected].

Soferette's Class (Torah Repair Committee)

Have you ever wanted to have a first-hand experience of Temple Israel’s many torah scrolls? Our scribes will be in town to repair our scrolls and are offering a once in a lifetime chance to learn how to roll, repair, clean and maintain a torah scroll.
For more info contact Maya Grinboim at 248-661-5700 or [email protected].


Temple Israel Archives

Volunteers assist in sorting and organizing the valuable documents of our Temple history for proper storage and research.
Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday Mornings. TBD by each volunteer.
For more information contact Kylie Gignac at 248-661-5700 or [email protected].


Temple Israel Libraries and Media Center

Volunteers help with daily library tasks including: checking-in and shelving books, processing new books, and Library mailings.
Dates: TBD by each volunteer
For more information contact Kylie Gignac at 248-661-5700 or [email protected].

Usher Corp

Greet members and hand out prayer books and program at entrance to Sanctuary, Korman Hall or the Chapel prior to services. 

Yad Ezra Delivery 

Volunteers will meet at the Yad Ezra offices to help deliver food to the homebound. ***
Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017
For more information contact Randi Simko at [email protected].


***Must have parent accompany any volunteer under 18 years old.
Please note that all times and dates are subject to change.
For some of these events, volunteers will be asked to arrive earlier or meet at a different location.

About Us

Temple Israel is a Reform Jewish Congregation which seeks to fulfill its religious and ethical goals by being a center for spiritual fulfillment, life-long learning, cultural enrichment, community leadership, social responsibility, and by lovingly entrusting our Reform Jewish tradition from generation to generation. We are committed in our support of the State of Israel and of the Jewish people throughout the world.

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