At Temple, we help our members connect to critical social justice projects. We offer a monthly volunteer opportunity list, along with ongoing opportunities. Check out the most recent opportunities here.
Together, we pursue the sacred work of tikkun olam and take action to help repair the world. At Temple, we help our members connect to critical social justice projects and give back to the community within and beyond our walls. Our Social Action Programs, led by Rabbi Aaron Meyer, range from volunteering with our overnight women’s shelter, at the Tribe’s yearly Senior Prom, transporting and serving meals to the homeless in our community in partnership with St. Thomas Episcopal Church and with Tent City 4, or simply making a few meals for a Temple member in need with the Caring Community. Members of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of meaningful social action projects throughout the year. We invite you to explore the many ways to get involved at Temple.
Overnight Homeless Women's Shelter
Since 1992 more than 35,000 homeless women have spent a warm, safe night in our volunteer-run shelter in the Youth Lounge at Temple De Hirsch Sinai’s Seattle campus. The shelter is always looking for volunteers (both men and women are welcome) to help women in need. Each night, our scheduled volunteers pick up shelter participants and bring them to Temple. Women sleep on mattresses placed in the Youth Lounge. The next morning, after breakfast, the volunteer returns them to the day shelter. Volunteers are back home by 7:30am. For more information or to volunteer contact Karen Lucero or Mike Lucero.
The WRJ Gift Shops, located in Seattle and Bellevue, are looking for community members with time to share. Volunteers help manage and maintain the gift shop. For more information or to volunteer contact Cindy Stratiner.
Volunteers are always needed to help members in search of a resource, restock shelves, check out books and assist on other projects. For more information or to volunteer contact Toby Harris.
With your help, Temple De Hirsch Sinai continues to be active and involved in our Seattle-area community. Our volunteers transform Jewish values into meaningful action through numerous projects each month. Below are current volunteer opportunities:
JFS Sha’arei Tikvah
Rabbi Aaron Meyer and Cantor David Serkin-Poole of Temple B’nai Torah lead special holiday services and celebrations meaningful for individuals with developmental disabilities or persistent mental illness as well as their families and friends. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and run this programs in concert with JFS. Will you help make Shabbat and holidays special for all in the Jewish community?
Dates needed: Time TBD — Schedule with Rabbi Meyer
Summit Shabbat Services
Residents of the Summit, Kline Galland's continuing care community on University Street, are looking for help with the 1-mile ride to Temple on Shabbat mornings. Would you be willing to pick up these wonderful folks on your way to Shabbat morning services?
Dates needed: Saturday mornings, 10:00am-12:00pm (Seattle off/on-site)
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle Children’s Hospital gives a homemade blanket to everyone who is admitted for an inpatient procedure. These blankets help provide a warm touch during a scary time. Will you help make a fleece or flannel blanket, as simple or involved as you wish? Simply respond to this e-mail to receive the specifications to make this special mitzvah a reality.
Dates needed: On your own time
Worship Committee volunteers help plan Shabbat and holiday services and gatherings; are empowered to lead services, classes and Torah study; and connect the Temple De Hirsch Sinai community to Jewish tradition. Additional people are always needed to provide fresh ideas, help with the planning and execution of events, and strengthen our community.
Volunteers draw upon personal experience to support other congregants who are taking care of elder/declining parents, dealing with the death of loved ones or are in a period of mourning. This support includes an immediate condolence call on behalf of the congregation; a soup brigade that prepares and delivers soup to families in need; and volunteers who meet families at services when they say Kaddish,and offer general support. Sacred Journeys volunteers also reach out at the time of the first yahrzeit (anniversary of a loved one’s death) with a traditional yahrzeit candle.
During Yom Kippur afternoon services and on each of the pilgrimage festivals - Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot - a special series of prayers are recited in the synagogue to honor those who have departed this earth. From the root meaning “to remember,” reciting these prayers is an important part of a mourner’s emotional journey. Saying Yizkor during these holidays, which themselves invoke many memories, keeps the memory of our loved ones front-and-center even as we continue living our lives.
Jewish tradition permits the dedication of a headstone or grave marker any time after the end of Sheloshim, the thirty day period of mourning. It has become customary to wait until approximately a year after the death to hold the “unveiling” ceremony, so named because a white cotton or linen cover is removed from the marker at that time. The ceremony, which is often brief and without a formal eulogy, may take place on any day except Shabbat or a Jewish holiday.
Sacred Journeys partners with Temple’s Senior Rabbi, Daniel Weiner, at Kever Avot, a special service held at our Hills of Eternity Cemetery each year on the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
If you would like to help members in need by volunteering or need more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 323-8486.
Caring Community was established because Temple believes that no one should have to face a difficult situation or illness alone. Volunteers assist congregants in many meaningful ways, including rides to doctor appointments and Shabbat services. They provide members with warm meals post-surgery and companionship during their recovery.
For more information or to volunteer contact Liz Spiezle, (206) 323-8486.