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Social Action

As committed Reform Jews, members of Temple Israel take seriously the biblical instruction “Tzedek tzedek tirdof” “Justice, you surely will pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Our engagement with this pursuit takes multiple forms on individual, family, and communal levels. In addition to a variety of short-term collection drives in support of local food banks and international relief programs, Temple Israel is involved with several long-term projects.

Congressional Listings

Senator Sherrod Brown

202-224-2315 - DC office
614-469-2083 - Columbus Office

Senator Rob Portman

202-224-3353 - DC office
614-469-6774 - Columbus Office

Representative Joyce Beatty (3rd Congressional District)

202-225-4324 - DC office

Representative Steve Stivers (15th District)

Representative of 12th District will be elected in August -- special election to fill seat of 
Rep. Pat Tiberi

Franklin County Workforce Opportunity

This program connects post-incarceration men with construction jobs. The men will be trained and get paid while training. they will learn a skill and have the potential to make money and get a fresh start. For more information, please contact NRT & Associates at 614-237-6021 or

Ongoing Projects


BREAD (Building Responsibility Equality And with Dignity) is a Columbus-wide community organizing effort dedicated to increasing social justice. Temple Israel members participate in all aspects of the BREAD process. In 2006, Temple Israel hosted the annual Nehemiah meeting; welcoming more than 1000 people from 23 different Columbus congregations and churches. For more information on the BREAD organization, process, or issues click on the logo to the left.

Cooking for the Homeless

Cooking for the Homeless is a program run by the Temple Israel Sisterhood in conjunction with our Religious School community. Each month a different class prepares a meal for the clients of an area homeless shelter. For more information please contact Clemy Keidan.

Tue, November 13 2018 5 Kislev 5779