Social Action

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Temple Israel’s interfaith community organizing work through our CONECT partnership has become a hallmark of our congregation. For the past decade we have partnered with neighbors across the economic, racial, cultural and religious spectrum to build relationships, enhance our public power and make substantive change on issues that are important to all of us. CONECT has made an impact on issues as varied as criminal justice reform, gun safety, immigrant rights and healthcare.

Temple Israel will be embarking upon a series of substantive small-group community conversations. We will ask questions such as, What issues or challenges are weighing most heavily upon your mind? What keeps you up at night? What are your greatest concerns for your children or grandchildren? 
 
We will each have an opportunity to share stories about the issues that are of greatest importance to us, our towns, our state and our nation. In sharing those stories we will build community and connection within our congregation. Then we will use those stories to identify the next key issues that will shape our social justice work in the years to come.
 
We invite you to be part of these important conversations over the next few weeks.

Sign up for a meeting:

Please fill out this form and someone will contact you to schedule a conversation.

Donate and Serve a Meal for the Gillespie Center
Tues |  4:45 pm 

The Gillespie Center is a shelter in downtown Westport, which serves the Westport homeless population. Temple Israel has committed to serving dinner every Tuesday night. Help us fulfill our commitment by volunteering to prepare and serve meals on Tuesday nights. Please provide a main dish and side dishes that can serve 35 people. Suggestions for a main dish include chicken, fish or pasta and suggestions for a side dish include salad, vegetables or rice. Meals should be dropped off at 45 Jesup Road in Westport by 4:45 pm and will be served at 5:00 pm. Click here for the current community guidelines at the Gillespie Center.
Sign up to volunteer

Refugee Family Assistance

Temple Israel and the Westport Interfaith Council have committed to resettling a refugee family in our community. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help them settle into a new home, learn English, find medical professionals and navigate the school system. If you are interested in volunteering for this mitzvah, please email refugees@tiwestport.org.

For more information about the Social Action Committee, please contact Allyson Gottlieb, Social Action Committee Chair.