Observing the foremost Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam, the Temple Kol Ami Social Action committee has a long history of involvement in the community. Working in both secular and Jewish programs, this mitzvah corps is active in programs, large and small, regular and one-time.
For example, the committee sponsors a clothing drive as well as glasses, and pharmaceutical campaigns for needy communities . It’s members are active at Yad Ezra and at the Capuchin kitchen in Detroit. It is involved with COJEIL, MiIPL, MJIC, Mazon as well as numerous other area wide programs.
Some of our biggest projects include:
The South Oakland Shelter (SOS) is a program for the homeless that offers shelter and food every evening during the year. Participating churches and synagogues provide a place for the recipients to sleep as well as three meals per day for one rotating week. The disadvantaged persons are picked up each evening and dropped off again each morning either at their job or at a designated location in Royal Oak. Often, there are entire families in the program. Our SOS week, happening approximately once every two years, involves almost half of our member families in some capacity. Temple Kol Ami is one of four Temples or Synagogues active with SOS and it is a great source of pride for us. Look for: www.southoakland shelter.org
We are one of the leading groups sponsoring the annual Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) fundraising event at West Bloomfield High School. Cancer survivors, friends, family and supporters walk the track for up to 24 hours in recognition of the need for funds to research and fight cancer. Check out: www.relayforlife.com
Nothing but Nets is an organization that provides mosquito netting for susceptible people in Africa. Every dollar raised saves a life that could be lost to Malaria and other insect borne maladies. See: www.nothingbutnets.net
For many years, the social action committee has sponsored an annual Mitzvah Day in the fall. Kol Ami families participate in programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Temple Clean-up quilt making for AID’s babies, food delivery, and numerous others.
The Social Action committee is always looking for fresh projects and new members. The need for social action is immense and the opportunities for Tzedakah are many. Please join and help in any way you can.