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Sinai Social Action

Current Ways to Get Involved—June, 2022

To receive our Sinai Social Action Emails with opportunities for community service, education and advocacy, please email SinaiSocialAction@oaklandsinai.org and ask to be added to the list.

Volunteer Needed Tuesday Nights to Pick Up Food for Wednesday Food Pantry
Temple Sinai’s Wednesday evening food pantry at the Telegraph Community Ministry Center distributes food that includes items donated every Tuesday evening by the Rockridge Market Hall shops. We are seeking a dedicated volunteer to pick up these food donations at Rockridge Market Hall every Tuesday between 6:45 – 7:45pm. If interested, please contact sinaisocialaction@oaklandsinai.org. To volunteer on Wednesday evenings, register here.

Interfaith Volunteering
Food Distribution at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Wednesdays, June 22, 29 and/or July 9, 9:00am – 12:15pm
Join with volunteers from the ICCNC, Kehilla and Montclair Presbyterian at the ICCNC (14th and Madison) to box produce and other items for needy people in the neighborhood. It's outdoors so relatively COVID safe although masks are recommended. This volunteer project is coordinated by the Islamic Cultural Center and Support Life Foundation, under its YANA (You Are Not Alone) Program, https://supportlives.org/ If you’re interested, email SinaiSocialAction@OaklandSinai.org with the date(s) you wish to help. You’ll be sent more details.

Help Make Sandwiches and Assemble Lunches for the Homeless
Every Sunday volunteers from First Presbyterian Church and Temple Sinai make and distribute 150 sandwich lunches to hungry and homeless individuals. Volunteers are needed from  9:00-11:00am at First Presbyterian Church, 27th and Broadway. This is a great service opportunity for teens.
Sign up here. Contact sinaisocialaction@oaklandsinai.org with questions.

Every Voice, Every Vote
Join the RAC Postcard Campaign to
Help Overcome Voter Suppression

The RAC Every Voice, Every Vote campaign is partnering with the Center for Common Ground’s Reclaim Our Vote postcard campaign to engage under-represented voters in voter suppression states. The current focus is on infrequent Black voters before the Florida Primary. Join Temple Sinai’s postcard team here. Indicate you are a member of a Postcard Group and select Temple Sinai (Oakland). Cards, scripts and addresses will be mailed directly to you. Questions? Contact sinaisocialaction@oaklandsinai.org.

Sign up here for postcards.


Getting Involved in Organizing and Advocacy

Watch the enews and emails from Sinai Social Action for educational and advocacy opportunities.

To get involved with RAC-CA (the Religious Action Center of California-the Reform Movement’s Social Action department in California):

  • Sign up for email from RAC-CA (approx. 1-2/month). Go to https://rac.org/take-action/rac-your-state/rac-ca and scroll down to the bottom of the page and sign up in the red box.
  • You can also join the RAC-CA group in the Tent, the URJ's social media platform.

    - If you are already member of the Tent click here  and click the request to join button on right. Also remember to subscribe to emails from the Tent group — check box on bottom right.

    -If you are not already in the Tent, email Emma Osborn at eosborn@urj.org and ask to join the RAC-CA tent group. 
     
  • If you are interested in participating in the research group that will help select the issues that RAC-CA will work on this year email Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, the Senior Organizer for RAC-CA at JSaxe-Taller@rac.org.  

Social Action at Temple Sinai

Throughout its history, the First Hebrew Congregation of Oakland has been committed to social justice and support of the community. For more about the congregation’s history of social action see “100+ Years of Social Action at Temple Sinai.” 

Sinai Social Action serves as a hub for the congregation’s commitment to the pursuit of justice and repair of our world. The committee initiates and facilitates opportunities for congregants to provide direct service to those in need (tzedakah) and to work for social justice (tzedek) through educational and advocacy activities. Sinai Social Action collaborates with the Religious School, Preschool, SiTY, WTS, Brotherhood and other Temple groups to schedule, motivate and facilitate congregants' engagement in social action and social justice activities.

Meetings are generally the second Wednesday of the month 5-6. The committee does not hold regularly scheduled meetings June, July and August. All are welcome but attendance at meetings is not required for participation in Social Action activities.

We publicize mitzvah opportunities, social justice activities, and information about committee meetings through the Social Action e-mail list, the Sinai Social Action Facebook page, the monthly bulletin and the weekly e-news.

To share an idea, join an activity or to be added to the Social Action e-mail list, e-mail SinaiSocialAction@oaklandsinai.org.

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Some current and recent activities sponsored or supported by Sinai Social Action:

  • Assisting with First Presbyterian Church Food Ministry to provide free meals, sack lunches, and other services to needy and homeless individuals.
  • Wednesday evening food pantry at the Telegraph Community Center
  • Ballot Education — forums for mayoral candidates and information sessions on ballot measures.
  • Drives for items donated to organizations that serve people in need.
  • Films and Speakers on topics of social justice.
  • Holiday Break Food Drives for Greenleaf School.
  • Housing and Homelessness Task Force.
  • Immigrant and Refugee Support – support for immigrant rights, advocacy and helping newly settled refugees.
  • Interfaith-Muslim Outreach – programing and collaboration with the ICCNC and Pacifica Institute.
  • Oakland Pride Parade – Temple Sinai contingent to support the LGBTQ community.
  • RAC and RAC-California – Joining with other Reform congregations to advocate for federal, state and local measures that address social justice issues such as immigrant rights, housing and homelessness, climate change and criminal justice reform.
  • Social Action e-mail list – information about social justice actions, meetings and activities.
  • Social Action Shabbat – Speakers on social justice topics.
  • Synagogues Around the World – Annual exhibit of photos taken by congregants to show support and encourage connections with other Jewish communities plus a donation where a small amount can make a large difference.
  • Teen Spring Break Food Drive for Roosevelt School.
  • Unity Seder – Outreach to the non-Jewish community.
  • Volunteer shifts at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, MedShare, and Meals-on-Wheels.

Social action and social justice activities are also organized and sponsored by other individuals and groups within the congregation: 

Read the statement of the board of trustees joining a national Jewish Declaration of a state of moral emergency. 

Click HERE to provide tangible support to detainees and separated families and take other ways to take Jewish Action. 

Tue, September 27 2022 2 Tishrei 5783