Social Action

At Temple Isaiah individuals of all ages have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world. Below is a sampling of Social Action initiatives that Temple Isaiah is proud to participate in.

An old Israeli song said, “Ani Veata Neshaneh at Haolam — You and I will change the world.” It reminds us that change is possible — but only when we work together. Please join with fellow members of Temple Isaiah in the task of Tikkun Olam — repair of our broken world through Social Action.
– Rabbi Craig Axler

Our tradition teaches us that each one of us is responsible for making the world a better place. At Temple Isaiah individuals of all ages have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world. Below is a sampling of Social Action initiatives that Temple Isaiah is proud to participate in. Have an idea for something you’d like to see happen? Let us know!

DreamBuilders

DreamBuilders is an interfaith community of teens and adults building homes for those in need. For the last seven years, Temple Isaiah has partnered with area churches to build homes locally, nationally, and internationally on summer trips and throughout the year. Visit www.dreambuildersmd.org. Contact Amy Levitt for more information.


Volunteer Opportunities for Families with Young Children

Seeking a way to involve your family in community service? Gather together with other families with young children for volunteer projects at Temple Isaiah and out in the community. We gather monthly, most projects are geared towards those with children 3–10, but all are welcome. Contact Rachel Petroff Kessler for more information.


Elizabeth House

Elizabeth House in Laurel provides daily dinners and a food pantry for individuals and families in need. On the 4th Tuesday of every month, from 4–6pm, Temple Isaiah Sisterhood organizes volunteers at Elizabeth House. Elizabeth House provides the food and our team prepares the daily meal for approximately 40 people. Contact Susan Soifer for more information.


Care Committee

The Temple Isaiah Care Committee was established to help our congregants who are in need of aid during a difficult time in their lives, by providing meals, rides, visits, and more. If you are in need of our help or are interested in becoming a member of the Care Committee, please contact the Temple Isaiah office.


Sacred Grounds

  • Through the work of our Sacred Grounds committee we are working to reduce our impact on the environment through a number of measures and initiatives:
  • Significantly reducing our use of Styrofoam plates and cups
  • Placing recycling bins throughout the building
  • Partnering with the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks to plant 50 new trees along our wetlands as a part of Howard County’s Tree ReLeaf program
  • Installing multiple rain gardens as part of a county-wide effort to reduce erosion and alleviate the flow of toxic storm water runoff into our water

Contact Betsy Singer Marcus for more information.


Grassroots DRC (Day Resource Center)

Temple Isaiah members help the Grassroots Day Resource Center on the 2nd Wednesday of the month to help feed the those less fortunate in our community. Non-perishable food (including paper goods and other items) may be dropped off at the Temple Isaiah office during normal business hours. Perishable items (including prepared meals and anything that needs refrigeration) can be dropped off at the synagogue Sunday–Tuesday before our service day. Please place items in the refrigerator in the kitchen off the Sanctuary. Contact Susan Gordon for more information.


Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter

Temple Isaiah hosts the Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter for a week each winter. The Cold Weather Shelter is housed by different congregations each week from November-March. Guests are picked up at the mall each evening and provided with dinner, showers, laundry, and a warm place to sleep. In the morning they are given breakfast and brought back to the mall. Many many volunteers from Temple Isaiah work hard through the week to make all of this, and more, happen.

Temple Isaiah also provides a meal for approximately 80 homeless people on the second Wednesday of each month at the Grassroots Day Resource Center in Elkridge. Volunteers provide the food and necessary supplies.

Many many volunteers are needed for both the Cold Weather Shelter and the Day Resource Center meals. Contact Susan Gordon for more information.

Please visit our signup forms to volunteer:


High Holy Day Food Drive

As we celebrate our most sacred holy days, we also think of others. Temple Isaiah members take home empty bags on Rosh Hashanah and bring them back on Yom Kippur full of food to donate. Each year, hundreds of bags are collected and taken to the food pantry at Elizabeth House.