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Voting and Election Day 2020 Information

Get Registered, Make a Plan and Vote Early.

 It is important to get registered and make your plan to vote in the General Election now. And if your state has early voting, vote early!

  • Register: Check your registration or register to vote at
  • The state of Ohio allows you to register and/or update your voter registration information via their online voter registration system. You must register or update your voter registration no later than 30 days prior to an election. Upcoming voter registration deadlines: October 5, 2020 for the November 3, 2020 General Election
  • Vote **EARLY** by mail or in-person: For voters who plan to vote-by-mail, you should request your ballot now so that you have plenty of time to receive and return it. You can check if your state offers vote-by-mail, and request a ballot at Once you receive your ballot, complete and return it as soon as possible. In many states, you can request your ballot now! If you plan on voting in person, it is recommended that you vote early in-person if your state offers early voting. To make your early vote plan, visit
  • In-person voting on Election Day: If your state does not offer early voting options, visit to find your Election Day polling location.
  • Given the unprecedented public health circumstances, the HealthyVoting website offers guidance on how to vote during a pandemic and to create a personalized voting plan.
  • Questions? If you have any questions about voting, please call the Voter Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

 Tell your friends and family to make their plans to vote!

  • Remind 3 friends to vote: Research shows you are the best person to remind your friends or family to vote—a reminder from you is twice as effective as a reminder from a stranger. Text TRIPLING to 555-888 to join millions across the US in taking the pledge that you will remind those closest to you to vote.
  • To help get the word out to voters, the #GoVote website which has great graphics that you can share on social media and with your friends, family and networks.

Religious Action Center's Every Voice, Every Vote Campaign

Every Voice, Every Vote is the Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, a nonpartisan effort to strengthen our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in the U.S. election and ensuring that Reform Jewish values are represented in the public square.


Help make Election Day Safe, Fair and Efficient.

  • Be a Poll Worker: There is a staggering decrease in poll workers this year, and elections officials across the country need our help to administer a safe election this year. Sign up to serve as an election worker in your community at
  • Be a non-partisan Election Protection Volunteer. Whether it is monitoring polling places (from your vehicle, or with proper personal safety equipment), watchdogging social media for disinformation, or reaching out to voters to make sure they know their rights, you’ll connect voters with trained legal professionals who can help them navigate the voting process and cast their ballots safely and securely. Sign-up at 
  • Are you a lawyer and want to help? We the Action is a nonpartisan organization helping places lawyers where they are needed most, from voter protection to poll workers to mentoring asylum seekers.


Volunteer at Maryhaven!
Join fellow congregants in monthly projects to help the clients at  Maryhaven, a treatment and recovery center in Columbus.  Sign up here!

The Social Justice Team is currently collecting toiletries for Maryhaven's Women in Recovery. Articles include shower soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes. You can bring them to the JCC on Friday evenings and drop them in the collection bins at the back of room 218.

Jordan's Crossing

Jordan's Crossing is a resource center on the west side of Columbus for those impacted by substance use and homelessness. Temple Israel congregants will bake 10 large challahs one Friday a month at Simply Special Catering. Two congregants will then deliver the challah and serve it at Jordan's Crossing.

Click here to sign up for baking or delivery!

Background Resources

Background and Resources

Background from the Franklin County Opioid Action Plan:

“The opiate epidemic is eroding the quality of life for Franklin County residents. This public health crisis is killing our residents and devastating families. It is impacting every sector of our economy, including healthcare, education, business and local governments.

“There are many social factors that increase a person’s risk of becoming addicted to a substance, including but not limited to poverty, homelessness, unemployment and trauma. However, there are three major factors that caused the opiate problem to shift to a crisis throughout our entire community. These are:

1. Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs

2. Resurgence of Heroin

a. As prescription pain pills were getting more difficult to get with the crackdown on pill mills and overprescribing, people were turning to heroin which was cheaper and easier to get.

3. Introduction of Synthetic Opiates

a. Examples of synthetic opiates are fentanyl and carfentanil. Although heroin use and fentanyl are not new phenomena, the scale of the problem has increased dramatically, particularly due to the increasing prevalence of fentanyl in the U.S. and the Midwest specifically.

“Ohio has been especially hard hit by the epidemic. On average, eight people in Ohio die every day from an overdose. For the ninth year in a row, unintentional drug overdose remains the leading cause of injury-related deaths for Ohioans. The increase in overdose deaths continues to be driven by the prevalence of fentanyl in many parts of the state, with 1,155 people dying in 2015 attributed to fentanyl, an increase from 503 people in 2014.

 “In 2016, 353 people died in Franklin County due to an accidental drug overdose.  Over the past five years, the number of people who died from an accidental drug overdose increased by 71%.”

Treatment:  For 24-hour-a-day mental health and substance abuse crisis and assessment services, contact NetCare Access.  Other links to treatment are available here

Naloxone/Overdose Reversal:  For information on obtaining Naloxone (for emergency overdose reversal), visit here.

Talking to Your Kids:  For tips on talking to your kids about addiction, visit here.   

Person-Centered Language:  Using person-centered language can help to address the harmful stigma and stereotypes often associated with addiction.  For more, visit Shatterproof

News Reports:  Special reports on the heroin epidemic by the Columbus Dispatch and Cincinnati Enquirer

A Jewish Response to the Addiction Crisis:  Rabbi Mars’s 2018 Rosh Hashanah sermon.

Financial Assistance for Those Recovering From Addiction:

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