Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers : Bill Grund, Ann Balentine, Ruth Robinson, Linda Cohen, Jeff Margolin, Joel Hjelmaas, Marla Shapiro, and Rachele Hjelmaas!
Temple Social Action Opportunity!
We need volunteers!
The Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity’s 2019 InterFaith Community Home Build Week is October 16-20. Our Temple community has a wonderful opportunity to participate with other faith communities in this home building project as a group on Sunday, October 20th from 1-5pm.
All volunteers are welcome, but minors under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No construction experience is required. The work will be supervised by Habitat staff and other skilled volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rachele Hjelmaas (Social Action Chair) at email@example.com or 515-419-5388 for sign up details.
Stacie Franklin (Temple member and former Temple Board President) is asking for Temple Social Action volunteers to support a fundraising event for Opportunity on Deck, a Central Iowa nonprofit community organization that provides free-of-charge athletic clinics and leagues for communities with children and families who can’t afford to participate in sports. The goals of the organization, beyond teaching athletic skills, are to use sports as a tool to provide role models for participants; instill lifelong values of teamwork, dedication, good character, and healthy living; and promote diverse communities.
Opportunity on Deck is hosting its annual Game for Good, a charity softball game fundraising event, at Principal Park on Friday, September 13, 2019. There are several different volunteer opportunities available, from registration to raffle ticket sales to home run derby fielders. The sign up portal is located at https://signup.com/go/xOLREoc. Stacie is the primary contact for this event and also is happy to any questions about the organization. She can be reached at 515-779-7822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temple B’nai Jeshurun Sisterhood presents, “Generation to Generation” Saturday, September 7 at the Temple!
Dinner will also be included. RSVP to Wendy if you’re interested in attending!
Meals from the Heartland is holding their 12th annual Hunger Fight Event from August 28-31 with a goal of packaging over 4 million meals in 4 days. Meals from the Heartland is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of volunteers from businesses, schools, and community organizations that package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States, and around the world.
Our Temple Social Action group is looking for 2-3 more volunteers to participate with our team in food packaging on Thursday, August 29th, from 5:30-7:30pm at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines.
If interested, please contact Rachele Hjelmaas, Temple Social Action Chair, at 515-419-5388 or email@example.com no later than August 28.
Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m.
We will gather at the Blank Park Zoo for a special Shabbat program in which we will visit animals discussed in the Jewish tradition and learn some of what Judaism has to say about them. We will gather in front of the main entrance to the zoo at about 9:45 a.m. and then go into the zoo. The formal program will last about an hour and involve walking from exhibit to exhibit with prayers, readings, songs and a story about animals told along the way. Tots will love it as will their grandparents and great-grandparents! Donations will be accepted to help cover the cost of admission for non-zoo members.
Please RSVP to the Temple office (515) 274-4679 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending.
50 Years after Stonewall: A Celebration of LGBTQ in the Jewish Community
Join Rabbis Kaufman and Barton for this special pride month event that will explore LGBTQ figures and topics in Judaism. Starting at 7pm on June 27th at Temple B’nai Jeshurun with drinks and socializing at The Blazing Saddle to follow.
This event is open to anyone who is interested in the topic.