Tikun Olam This Month

As a community, we can make a difference in the lives of many. Whether it’s one of our ongoing projects or a time specific opportunity, your support is needed and appreciated.

Blood Drive
Wednesday, December 7th, 11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Your Help is Needed During the Current National Blood Crisis
The Red Cross is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The dangerously low blood supply levels have forced some hospitals to defer patients from major surgery, including organ transplants. Your donation is desperately needed.
We're asking you to participate in giving the gift of life. The San Diego Blood Mobile will be set up in our parking lot, fully equipped, and ready to take your donation.
Ready to make your appointment now? Click here to register. Walk-ups will be accepted as time permits. Click here for more details.

Our focus leading up to the High Holy Days

During the upcoming High Holy Days we'll be partnering with the following organizations:

If you're unable to shop, we're here to help. Simply make your monetary contribution here and we'll do the shopping for you.

Read below to learn how you can support our efforts.

Dignity Drive

This year our Bimah and Ohel Aharon (the Main Sanctuary) will be beautified with contributions of g’milut hasadim – acts of lovingkindness.

Ben Zoma says: Who is honored? One who honors the lives of others. (Avot 4.1)

Kavod HaBriyot refers to the Jewish concept of “dignity,” the honor due to all of G-d’s creations. To support this ideal, we will decorate our sacred space by uplifting the dignity of those in need of our contributions.

We will partner with No One Left Behind and Stepping Stone of San Diego to supply much needed items that will serve not only the needs of personal hygiene, but those of basic human dignity and emotional well-being.

Clear out your pantry and throw a few extra items in your shopping cart when you’re at Costco, the supermarket, or your favorite store.

Bring your donations to TIS so that we can create lovely and meaningful displays.

Items needed are:

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Laundry pods
  • Dish soap
  • Bar or liquid soap
  • Hand sanitizer and masks
  • Shampoo
  • Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, brushes, combs, lotions, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Socks (men's and women's)
  • Hoodie sweatshirts
  • Adult size pajamas

Did you know that government assistance programs (food stamps) do not cover certain essential items including toilet paper, diapers, feminine hygiene products, soap, and toothpaste.

High Holy Day Food Drive
Through Thursday, October 6th

Each of us can make a difference to those who are experiencing food insecurity.

Please fill a bag with five pounds (or more!) of non-perishable food items. Donations will be shared throughout San Diego through Take What You Need and Jewish Family Service (JFS).

Return your filled bag to Tifereth Israel and leave it with our guard. Items needed:

  • Whole grains (whole wheat pasta, rice, quinoa)
  • Nut butters
  • Dried beans
  • Cereals (dry and instant)
  • Canned/boxed soups, sauces, and stews
  • Canned meats and fish
  • Canned vegetables and fruits

Youth Assistance Coalition Drive
Through Friday, October 7th.

Donations for this organization will reserve your space at our Hot Dogs in the Hut Dinner. This dinner will precede our Simchat Torah Celebration! While the dinner is complimentary, your donation will serve as your reservation and will be a mitzvah! Can't make the dinner? Whether you can join us for the dinner, your donation is appreciated.

Youth Assistance Coalition will be the recipients of our donations of:

  • Tuna in a bag, canned meat with a pop-top
  • Jerky
  • Fruit cups
  • Dried fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Granola bars
  • Large boxes of individual packs of chips, cookies, other snacks

Ongoing throughout the year

Cook it Forward

Whether our members are experiencing challenging times or the joy of welcoming a new little one, sometimes a nice meal just warms the heart.

What is needed?

Monetary contributions! After that, we’ll do the cooking and delivering! In addition, if you'd like to be on our "call list" for helping to prepare food (in a gathering at TIS or at home), let Beth know by email or call her at the office.

How can you make a donation?

  1. Make an online donation to the TIS General Fund and indicate “Cook it Forward” in the space for additional remarks or instructions.
  2. Send a check made out to TIS and indicate that the contribution is to support “Cook it Forward.”
  3. Call the office at 619 697-6001.

Food Bank at TIS

Our collection barrel is available throughout the year. During normal business hours you may leave your donations with our guard. If you’re coming to TIS for a meeting, services, Preschool, or Torah School, feel free leave your contributions in the barrel located in the foyer. Items do not need to be kosher. Collected items are shared with JFS Hand Up Food Pantry and Take What You Need.

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