Tikkun Olam

Sign up to make Christmas special for a child on the West End of town. Purchase gifts from their wish list(below) and deliver them to Temple NO LATER than Sunday, December 4th. You may sponsor one child or more.

Once you receive the unwrapped gifts place them in a trash bag and please label them with the child’s name and number. The gift amount per child should not exceed $150.

Deliver the gifts to Temple Emanu-El during office hours:

Monday through Thursday, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday, 9:30 AM to 5:45 PM
Sunday, 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
(Note that Temple Emanu-El will be closed November 21 – 27 for Thanksgiving)

We are also accepting monetary contributions online at

A special thanks to our partners, Temple Beth-El and NEMJDS, for their participation in this wonderful project

If you have any questions call or text Anne Ovson at 205-616-8551

We encourage you to use this opportunity to discuss the meaning of the miracle of Chanukah and
the impact of sharing with those who are the greatest in need with your family and friends.


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.