Since 2006 we have joined with our neighbors at St. Bernardine to learn from one another and about one another. Each year these programs take a different format and in recent years we are very happy that our neighbors from the Mohammedi Center have joined us as well. Inevitably we learn not only about one another’s faith and traditions but how much we have in common.
As a founding organization of Jewish World Watch we have participated in this communal event since it began. We raise money and awareness towards the goal of bringing us closer to a world where there is no genocide. We join with Aliyah friends and the greater community, and get some exercise as well!
Big Sunday has become a community-wide day of community service. The Temple Aliyah community joins together for a valley community service project. We make a local difference and connect with community at the same time.
On Rosh Hashana we each take a paper bag. On Yom Kippur we each bring it back filled with non-perishables. Temple Aliyah is proudly committed to supporting SOVA, a local food pantry run through the Jewish community. On the High Holidays we participate every year in SOVA’s food drive and we collect an average of 5000 pounds of food for SOVA at this one time of year, not to mention our commitment throughout the year to work with SOVA to help those who need help with food, toiletries and other basic needs.
Since 2005 Temple Aliyah and St. Bernardine have joined together for this special inter-religious event. Fr. McNamara of St. Bernardine speaks from the pulpit at a Friday evening Shabbat service and Rabbi Vogel speaks at St. Bernardine at a Sunday mass. Each year they reflect on the same topic from different points of view. The members of both communities are invited and encouraged to join together at both services. There is a musical component to this inter-religious experience and of course we join together for refreshments together afterwards.
Every year on the first Sunday in November members of Temple Aliyah join together with other synagogues and Jewish schools for a day focused on community service and social action. The morning is filled with on campus collections for local organizations and activities benefitting those in need near and far. In the afternoon we have a number of activities on and off site. There is something for everyone of every age. Activities include a youth-sponsored project, a blood drive (sponsored by Cedars-Sinai), sandwich-making for the homeless and clients of local food pantries (co-sponsored by St. Bernardine, the Mohammedi Center and Pacific Boys’ Lodge) and much, much more. It if a fun-filled day which is all about helping others.
Beginning in 2005 we have joined together with St. Bernardine’s community to celebrate Thanksgiving and join together to give thanks. Each year we mark it differently – with prayer, music, reflection, a community service project or some combination of these the weekend before Thanksgiving. It is a wonderful way to give thanks and reflect with our friends and neighbors and to mark the true meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Every year as a community we collect unwrapped non-violent toys on behalf of Jewish Family Service which then gives those toys to families who might otherwise not have toys for the holidays. It is a wonderful way to give to others at this time of year.
It is a long-standing Temple Aliyah tradition that on Christmas (or Christmas Eve if Christmas falls on a Friday) that we cook and serve Christmas dinner to the boys and the staff at the Pacific Boys’ Lodge in Woodland Hills. It is an opportunity for us to help them celebrate the holiday by bringing home-cooked foods, serving them at their tables, and bringing music as well. We dine with them, and it gives all of us a chance to learn from one another and get to know each other.
Temple Aliyah’s Community Outreach is dedicated to making a difference in our world- locally, nationally, and around the world. Temple Aliyah’s Community of Caring is dedicated to reaching out to our community members and their loved ones during happy times and challenging times. To get involved contact us Jeff Bernhardt, Community of Caring at (818) 346-3545 ext 239 or firstname.lastname@example.org