Jews are obligated to pursue justice. “Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof,” the Torah tells us—“Justice, justice, you shall pursue.” This core principal animates Temple B’nai Tikvah. Our Social Action Committee coordinates a variety of social action projects that serve the Calgary community, the Jewish community, and that reach beyond our borders to serve needs throughout the world. Over a third of our members participate in a social action project each year.
We serve lunch once a month at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, and provide the entire meal one Sunday a year.
We provide holiday treats for Jewish seniors through Jewish Family Services, collect toiletries for the Drop-In Centre and Inn from the Cold, and collect kosher food for Jewish Family Services’ Miriam’s Well Program.
Besides these ongoing projects, we serve immediate needs as well, gearing our mitzvah projects toward community needs. Whatever your age or circumstances, whether you can volunteer regularly or occasionally, Temple provides many ways for our members to serve the spirit of tikkun olam.
Temple participated in the Inn from the Cold Program for many years. Our building was open to homeless families through this program. Temple sponsored one Inn a month and coordinated with other Calgary congregations who used our facilities to provide shelter, showers, three meals, and warmth to the IFTC guests.
Until recently, we cooked and serve the Christmas and Boxing Day meals at the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, bringing cheer to the women and children there and giving the staff a day off.