Temple Kol Ami was founded on Jewish principles of social justice. Today we continue this tradition in both word and deed, speaking and acting on issues of health, the environment, hunger and more.
Consider joining us at our monthly meetings. We have a full schedule of events to plan and promote and can use your help! Here are some of the ways we get involved in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) at TKA.
Capuchin Kitchen: Once a month since 2007, TKA members have staffed the serving line at Detroit’s Capuchin Kitchen. The Kitchen serves over 400 meals to needy Detroiters of all faiths, ages and circumstances.
Relay for Life: Many members of our TKA family have been impacted by cancer. To show our support, raise awareness and raise money, every summer since 2007 an enthusiastic group of members organizes a booth at the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life.
Social Action Shabbat: We invite speakers and host discussions during several Shabbats each year. Topics might include Jewish immigration, interfaith relations, hunger, or Holocaust remembrance.
Mitzvah Day: Social Action and the Religious School work together to plan a day where TKA students and families can give back to the community through hands-on projects at TKA and in the community.
Social Justice Book Club: Formed in 2017, the Book Club reads and discusses books on issues facing both the social fabric of our country and the Jewish Community. The group has dynamic conversations about religious discrimination, racism, employment issues and their effects on our society. Led by Professor Tara Hayes, the group meets on Sunday mornings, 10 times per year.
Michigan Jewish Food Festival: TKA Social Action committee has a booth at this fun and educational event held at Eastern Market. Committee members take turns during the day staffing the booth and meeting new people at this great family event.
Michigan Interfaith Power & Light (MiIPL): TKA is active with MiIPL, a multi-faith non-profit that helps houses of worship throughout Michigan to reduce their energy consumption and advocate for sustainable practices. MiIPL is part of a national movement of state chapters of Interfaith Power and Light.
LEED Certified Facility: TKA’s religious school wing is LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a prestigious designation for “green” construction. Completed in 2008, the wing uses energy efficient lighting, high-efficiency HVAC units, water-saving plumbing and more. Paint, carpet glue and other materials used had to be low VOC (volatile organic compounds) to promote healthy indoor air quality. These and other measures helped TKA become the first certified green synagogue in Michigan.
South Oakland Shelter (SOS): The SOS program houses qualified homeless people and their families at various Houses of Worship around Oakland County for 1 one week at a time.
The TKA family and facility comes together and to provides meals, housing and transportation during our week to host SOS.