Spend a few hours at Wise or in the community practicing “tikkun olam”, repairing our world.
- Monthly Mitzvah Days with Clergy: Join one of our clergy each month as they support their favorite non-profit organization. A great option for families to do together! To see our Social Action calendar of upcoming events, click here.
- Homes for Heroes: Working with the Veterans Administration, we seek to help make newly housed (formerly homeless) Veterans’ new housing feel like a “home”. From filing “welcome home” baskets with kitchen and houseware items during our semi-monthly packing sessions to actually furnishing apartments with beds and more essential items, we collect new houseware items (click here for a list) or you can make a donation online here for us to purchase and donate larger items such as beds and appliances. For our next packaging date, visit our Social Action calendar here, or to find out more information and get involved, contact Shelly Levy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- LA Family Housing: join us every other month at Wise (on a weekday afternoon) as we prep and pack lunches for residents of the North Hollywood Shelter. You can also help deliver the lunches the following morning. For a complete list of upcoming dates, click here. For more information and to get involved, contact Diane Kabat at email@example.com.
- Supporting SOVA: “For the poor will never disappear from the earth, which is why I command you; open your hand to the poor and needy kinsman in your land” (Deuteronomy 15)
At Wise we strive to help the estimated 57,000 homeless men, women and children in Los Angeles in a variety of ways. With monthly SOVA drives we aim to meet the immediate needs of the impoverished. Our SOVA bin (located next to the Sanctuary) is always open to collect your donations. We also run several drives throughout the year around the times of the High Holy Days, Thanksgiving, Passover, and Summertime. For more information on how you can support SOVA, visit www.jfsla.org/sova or email Jennifer Smith at JSmith@WiseLA.org.
- Support the Chesed work of Wise School Students
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BECOME A MENTOR
Mentoring changes lives. At Wise, we can help you create a transformative relationship with a young, disadvantaged child through various organizations including:
- Fulfillment Fund: help a college dream come true by becoming a mentor and working with a high school student thru their college prep years and helping to navigate the college application process. To find out more about Wise’s chapter of the Fulfillment Fund, contact Susan Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles: become a mentor to a Little, a young child, who’s life is forever changed for the better by having a positive role model. Bigs and Littles generally meet twice a month for an average of 2-3 hours per outing. Matches have flexibility regarding their outing schedule – you create a plan that works for you.The JBBBSLA staff equips you with ideas for your outings and sponsors a wide range of fun activities and networking events throughout the year. While participants commit to the program for at least one year, most remain in each other’s lives for much longer as caring, trusted friends. To find out more information or get involved, contact Jennifer Smith at JSmith@WiseLA.org or fill out the application here: https://jbbbsla.org/volunteer/.
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children. CASA volunteers, often the only consistent, caring adult in a foster child’s life, are on hand to speak up for the child’s best interests. CASA trains volunteers and supports them during their time of service. With just 10-20 hours per month, you can change a foster child’s life. To find out more, contact Jennifer Smith at JSmith@WiseLA.org or visit http://www.californiacasa.org.
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BNAI MITZVAH & TEENS
Teens learn to become agents for change by working with leading social justice organizations to make a difference in their world. Whether pre or post B’nai Mitzvah, we hope our youth will internalize their Jewish values as they become contributing members of our community. Just to name a few, many of our teens work with Jewish World Watch via our Wise Teen Youth (WTY) program, or participate in our Wise Readerse to Leaders program by becoming a Junior Lit Leader and serving on the Teen Board. To learn more about our Teen Social Action programs, click here.
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INTERFAITH & CIVIC ACTION
Whether it’s a change in Public Policy or working with our Pro Bono Legal groups, Wise wants to aid our community in ways that benefit us all.
- Working with other faith groups as part of our involvement with LA Voice, the Religious Action Center (RAC), or Reform California, we advocate for affordable housing, pay equity, immigrant rights, and other justice issues together. To find out more about the ways in which you can get involved, contact Rabbi Ron Stern at RStern@WiseLA.org.
- We also work throughout the year with Bet Tzedek and other legal service organizations to provide pro-bono aid to needy clientele including aging Holocaust survivors, adults with special needs, and more. To join our list of lawyers offering these services or sign up to volunteer at one of our clinic days to help with administrative needs (which you do NOT need a legal background to do), contact Jodi Kruger at email@example.com.
- Wise promotes gun safety by advocating for common sense gun policies, comprehensive licensing requirements, enhanced access to mental health services, and public education programs as we work with partner organizations to change America’s gun culture and save lives. Learn more about how we will protect our kids.
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ISRAEL & WORLD ISSUES
From its very inception, the Stephen Wise Temple community has established itself to be in deep relationship with the people of Israel. With frequent travel to the Jewish State, advocacy on her behalf, and significant support of causes that strengthen the very infrastructure and social fabric of Israel, we affirm our love of Israel and our investement in her future.
Even as we continue to build a strong Israel, we know that our Jewish mission calls on us to reach out to all those in need throughout our world. Currently, over 40 million refugees are displaced within their own countries or on foreign shores—the scope of this humanitarian crisis looms large. Our partnership with Wise member organization Save the Syrian Children has given us the opportunity to provide much needed medical supplies and other health and welfare related materials directly into the hands of doctors and displaced children. Click here for more information.
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Protecting our environment for future generations, there is so much that Wise School and Stephen Wise Temple are doing to “green” our campus and our community. From growing vegetables in our Pe’ah garden that are donated to LA Family Housing, to teaching our children to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; conversing energy and resources onsite with LED and motion sensored lighting, even recently changing over all of our campus cleaning products to earth friendly products, we are practicing the commandment of Tikkun Olam, repairing our world.
To learn more about our Sustainability efforts or to get involved, email Jennifer Smith at JSmith@WiseLA.org.
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