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Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof – Justice, justice shall you pursue.

Devarim 16:20

“Why does the Torah repeat the word justice twice? Because it is up to us to pursue justice when it is easy, and to pursue justice when it is hard.”

Rabbi Michael Ungar

We are proud that Tifereth Israel has a historic and continuing role as a leader for social justice in Columbus. As Jews, we see it as a sacred obligation to work communally to create a more just world.


Your synagogue community is here when you need us.  Home from the hospital?  Alone and grieving? Concerned about a loved one in an nursing care facility?  We will arrange for someone to help out. Call the synagogue, or contact Ruth Sternberg at 746-4587 or


Open your heart to people who never imagined they would need your help.  The Community Shelter Board's new Van Buren building is scheduled to open the end of July. They are in urgent need of toiletries and new or gently used linens; bath towels, hand towels, twin sized sheets, pillow cases.  The initial delivery to the Shelter Board will be July 7 but we will continue to collect items at the synagogue. For more information, please contact Lorelei at 253-8523, ext. 107.  Individuals can also deliver items to the new shelter at 595 Van Buren Drive.


Tifereth Israel is one of the founding members of BREAD, a regional faith-based community-organizing network that involves more than 55 synagogues and churches and tens of thousands of people. (We are happy that our fellow synagogues, Beth Shalom, Beth Tikvah, and Temple Israel also are members of BREAD.) Our Cantor, Jack Chomsky, is the Co-President of BREAD, and is known for his commitment to and passion for social justice, and the rest of our staff and clergy see this affiliation is central to who we are as a synagogue.


The Pantry has an ongoing need for all non-perishable food and personal hygiene items of all types, as well as a particular need for baby food and formula.  Any unopened food items are welcome.  Those with a hecksher will be separated out and given to Jewish families in need. Food and other items brought to TI will be given to a Pantry on the near Eastside of Columbus.  Items may be dropped off in the bins located in the synagogue atrium.  In addition, monetary donations are welcome.  Each dollar will purchase 8 or more dollars of food!

Donation can be sent to:

Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger        OR         Mid Ohio Food Bank

1990 Bundy Dr.,  Ste 260                                           1625 W. Mound St

Los Angeles CA 90025                                                Columbus Ohio 43223


Visit the homebound to deliver a hot meal and a message of loving concern from the community.  Be a volunteer on a Meals-on-Wheels route that is dropped off daily at Christ Lutheran Church at 2314 E. Main St., and serves meals in the surrounding neighborhood.  Routes take about an hour and a half to visit 12-15 elderly or disabled persons during the midday hours.  Training is provided.  Weekend opportunities are also available.  Call LifeCare Alliance Volunteer Services at (614) 437-2859 for further information.


In response to people calling in need of a ride to synagogue, the Social Action Committee is trying to establish a list of individuals willing to give a ride to other members from their area who need a transportation to the synagogue to say Kaddish, etc.  We are especially in need of drivers in the North, Northeast and Pickerington areas.  To assist in this project, email Goldie Fisher (or call at (614) 861-2088) or email Marcia Emerman (or call at (614) 863-2360).


In addition to the above, we organize two Blood Drives a year at the synagogue. We tutor  at a nearby Public elementary school, and collect books for them. Got an idea?  Let us know.  We are always looking for ways to make our synagogue and community a better place to live.


Tue, June 18 2019 15 Sivan 5779