Tikkun Olam

Temple Emanu-El invites you to spend the morning with us at various organizations giving the greatest gift of time and energy to the community. This all-ages event allows you to work alongside friends and family, and even make new friends through these meaningful projects.

Off-site Projects include: Grace Klein Home– volunteering doing various projects at The House on the Hill (cleaning, organizing, yardwork, etc); Glen Iris School – assisting in projects around the school; Black Warrior Riverkeeper – helping to clean up debris, location TBD. FOR ALL OFF SITE PROJECTS, MINORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

At Temple Emanu-El, we will also have a project fair in Abroms hall where we will do various projects like:  Two by Two Rescue – DIY dog toys; First Light Shelter– putting together toiletry bags for women and children at the shelter; CJFS – special items for monthly grocery recipients; Making cards for those in need of a little happiness in their day; Creating vases and flower arrangements for elderly Jewish community members.

Sign-up here or contact Amanda Sokol at amandabweil@gmail.com or 334-462-0949.

Special thanks to the Hermione & Edward Friend Community Fund of the Grafman Endowment Fund for providing some of the materials to make this year’s Mitzvah Day possible.


We are working every day to make our world a better place. Interested in joining us or have any questions? Contact Monika Singletary at monika@ourtemple.org.

One of Temple Emanu-El’s core values is to make a difference in our Birmingham community. These actions take place on both personal and institutional levels. To name a few:

  1. Four times a year, Temple classrooms are converted to bedrooms to welcome homeless families for a week of housing, meals, and activities through Family Promise of Birmingham. Congregants are actively involved, providing time, money, and meals. Temple volunteers serve food and stay overnight with our guests.
  2. During Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, congregants volunteer to prepare and serve meals to the homeless at Grace Episcopal Church, through the Community Kitchens Project.
  3. Each Spring on ‘Mitzvah Day’, over 100 Temple volunteers join together engaging in Tikkun Olam by doing service projects for 6-8 community programs. This past year included: community clean-up for Grace Klein Community, Glen Iris Elementary School, and Elmwood Cemetery; creating special gifts for Children’s of Alabama and UAB Oncology; sorting and creating packages for the homeless from the Temple Emanu-El Clothing Closet.
  4. Our High Holy Day Food Drive provides truckloads of non-perishable food to 5 local food banks.
  5. Our High Holy Day Giving Campaign raises funds that are distributed to 3 local agencies supporting the less fortunate in our community.
  6. During our Chanukah Toy Drive, known as ‘Feeling Gelty’, we collect donated gifts for those in underserved communities to come and select items for their families. We have been serving approximately 200 children through this highly successful annual project.
  7. A giant tzedakah box, designed in the shape of our synagogue, stands proudly in our Temple with donations being distributed to a different local organization each month.