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Social Action

Reform Judaism places a high value on participation in working to make the world a better place.  Tikkun Olam or “repairing the world” is considered a part of the soul of Temple Israel.  The Social Action Committee undertakes and promotes opportunities founded on Tikkun Olam.  They plan activities to carry out the mitzvot and charitable actions that assist those in need in our community.  We urge every member to participate in some aspect of Tikkun Olam.  



Current Projects:

Year of Giving

Multiple opportunities throughout the year to give something tangible to support local projects. Watch Tidbits and the bulletin for details on items to donate. In 2023 these giving projects include:

  • March – Humane Society

  • April – GiGi’s Playhouse

  • May – Family Living Center

  • July-August – School Supplies


Interfaith Gan Bracha Garden

Volunteers organize the planting and upkeep of the Interfaith Gan Bracha Garden.  A Garden volunteer schedule is set up and runs mid-May through September. 

Urban Ark Dinners 

Three times a year, we provide an Urban Ark dinner at First Lutheran Church to feed the needy in the Canton area.  Times include Easter, and Christmas.  Volunteers help to prepare and serve the meal.

Thanksgiving Baskets Downtown

This is a charitable organization that unites faith communities and civic organizations in Canton, Ohio, to support the under-served population with food at Thanksgiving.  We provide volunteers to help with sorting, bagging, and distributing food on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  See their website for more information:


Family Living Center

The Family Living Center provides up to 90 days of emergency housing for Stark County homeless families and single women.  We have adopted Room #317 since 2018, and have provided donations of many needed items.  We will continue to support this project with donations throughout the year.


Habitat for Humanity

Members of Temple Israel’s Habitat Crew particpate in both the Faith Build and the interior trim team work.

Social Justice

Our Current Social Justice Areas of Activism:

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