From the earliest grades, our Religious School sets the foundation for our students to have the knowledge and drive to be active participants in social action and social justice throughout their lives. We build children’s social responsibility by teaching the concepts of TIKKUN OLAM (repairing the world), TZEDAKA (justice) and MITZVAH (commandment).
According to our tradition, “Tzedakah is equally important as all the other mitzvot put together,” (Baba Batra 9a). Throughout the school year, our students collect Tzedakah. At the end of the year, classes collectively choose where to donate the money they have amassed. Past donations include supporting Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service, or purchasing animals through Heifer International, an organization that gifts animals to communities in need. Our K-3rd-grade students create Tzedakah boxes to take home so that they can uphold the value of tzedakah even when not at Temple Isaiah.
Please browse our Social Action Newsletter focusing on the Religious school.
You will find information and pictures of:
• Our youngest students creating canvases to donate to Upward Bound House
• 4th Grade serving meals at Turning Point and Samoshel homeless shelters
• 5th Grade furnishing apartments through Upward Bound House
• The Ner Shel Tzedakah (candle of Righteousness) Project, when the Religious School dedicated the sixth night of Hanukkah to social action with many hands-on services
• Mitzvah Projects by our Bar/Bat Mitzvah students
• 7th and 8th Grade participating in Art & Activism in which they pick an organization and create public service videos, using art as a tool for change.
• 9th Grade Philanthropy Club which analyzes different non-profits, ultimately donating a generous $3,500 to the organization of their choosing.
• 11th and 12th Grade learning about Civil Rights on the Southern Journey’s Trip in Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham
FAMILY PHILANTHROPY CLUB
The Family Philanthropy Club (FPC) was born out of the desire to help Temple Isaiah families engage in deep, meaningful and sustainable partnerships with non-profit organizations concerned with a variety of issues facing Los Angeles, including, but not limited to, hunger, homelessness, child and teen welfare and sustainability. The ultimate goal of the FPC is to establish deep connections between communities that are close geographically but are worlds apart economically, socially and religiously, to open our children’s hearts and minds to issues and struggles beyond their backyard, and to provide a forum for Temple Isaiah families to do this work together.
The FPC will have a number volunteer events check out their page for more information. We hope to see you at an FPC event soon!
• Religious School curriculum
• Grade by grade summaries
• Hebrew Bootcamp
• How we teach Hebrew
• Hebrew intensive resources
• 8th grade Twinning
• Dual Narrative Trip
• Family Trip
• FPC: Family Philanthropy Club
• Download our Social Action Newsletter
• Shabbat Sing-Along
• The Sound of Isaiah
• Pop-Up Choir and Permanent Player
• History of the Religious School
• Ellen Goldberg Excellence In Jewish Teaching Mentoring Program
• 7th-12th grade Tuesday Dinner Menu
• Snack Shop Items
• Food Policy
• Upcoming Adult Events
• Religious Education Committee
• Religious Parent Association
• Rishonim Program for Teens
• Volunteer Opportunities
• Teaching Opportunities