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Action for Social Justice

One of the key values of our congregation is Tikkun Olam (Healing the World). One of the great benefits of belonging to our congregation is the opportunities our members have to do meaningful work that benefits our local and broader communities. If you are interested in helping out with any of these projects or if you would like to join our Action for Social Justice Committee, please email

Our efforts include:

Gan Pe-ah (Our Community Garden)

In partnership with Interfaith Community Services (ICS), we have created a garden on our Temple property that has so far produced over two tons of fresh produce for ICS to use in its soup kitchen and offer clients of its food bank. Congregants work in the garden each Sunday morning.

High Holy Day Food Drive

Growing hunger is an epidemic in San Diego. There are shortages at food pantries that we can help eliminate. Shopping bags will be distributed to every family as they leave synagogue following Rosh Hashanah services. On Yom Kippur morning, we'll have trucks in the Temple parking lot to collect those shopping bags filled with canned goods and other non-perishable food items. By this time of year, the pantries are generally very low on supplies, so every donation makes a huge difference to needy families in San Diego.

Winter Homeless Shelter

Every year, Temple Adat Shalom joins forces with the Interfaith Shelter Network to provide shelter, meals, and other resources to homeless individuals and families during the winter holidays. Our volunteers provide meals, daytime and overnight hosting, and transportation for up to 12 individuals, including families with young children, who receive the bulk of their services from Interfaith Community Services in Escondido. Sign up early to volunteer by going here. 

Semi-Annual Blood Drives

Your blood donation saves lives! Watch our website and the Shofar for dates you can donate blood.

Mitzvah Day

Once a year, we celebrate Mitzvah Day, when we offer congregants the opportunity to participate in projects that may include things like helping ICS clean out and organize their pantries, chopping vegetables for soup and making lunches for the ICS soup kitchen to offer its clients, making dolls for hospitalized children, making "no-sew" blankets for ICS clients, clearking trails and placing trail markers on local hiking trails, donating blood, working on landscaping on our own property, traveling to local nursing homes with our junior choir or other music groups to provide entertainment for seniors, and more. Watch the Shofar and our website for more details. 



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