Tikkun Olam/Social Action

Temple Sinai thanks you for supporting the 2020 Torah fund.

The Torah Fund is an undertaking of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism. Donations to Torah Fund support the Jewish Theological Seminary (New York, NY), Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los An geles, CA), Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem), Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Zacharias Frankel College (Potsdam, Germany).

The Torah Fund campaign began in 1942 as a scholarship fund. In 1963, it merged with the Mathilde Schechter Residence Hall campaign that provided housing for undergraduate students. Past campaigns have raised funds to build libraries, residence halls, and other needed resources for Rabbinical and Cantorial students at these institutions. For the past several years, funds raised by Torah Fund have gone toward scholarships to all these schools.

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Tikkun Olam, Repairing the World …

… is a All Year Long Commitment at Temple Sinai in Cinnaminson. We may be small but our hearts are wide open all year long helping those less fortunate.

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As the fall wind begins to blow in, Temple Sinai collects new and gently used hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to be delivered and donated to the Burlington County Catholic Services in Delran for distribution to its clients.

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High Holidays!

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Shop as if you’re setting an Extra Place at your Holiday Table!

Those in need of food are hungry all year even in the fall months when donations often drop off and food banks and pantries are most in need. Temple Sinai members bring in badly needed non-perishable canned goods as they come to High Holiday services. They include:

  • Kosher Food items for the Jewish Federation Food Pantry.
  • Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Macaroni Cheese, Rice, and gravies for the Bread of Life Food Pantry.
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Winter brings cold weather and Temple Sinai goes “Cold Turkey” as we collect turkeys for the Bread of Life Food Pantry.

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Dreidel Project helps so many...

During the holiday season Temple Sinai members generously give to three organizations …


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Chai Lifeline

is a program run by Jewish Family and Children's Services in Cherry Hill. Presents and gift cards are collected and given out at the Chanukah Party for terminally ill children bringing much happiness to needy families.


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The Bread of Life Food Pantry

Temple Sinai members are assigned an age of a child to buy a $25 gift for. In lieu of a gift for a teenager, $25 gift cards are purchased. The Bread of Life gifts were distributed to needy client families during “Pantry Day” along with food allocations.


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Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County

temporarily houses and feeds homeless working families. Temple Sinai members donated gift cards for these families being housed by the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County. Contact Paula Pappas at paulapappas@comcast.net or 856-665-5869

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Mitzvah Day At Temple Sinai

As we look forward to spring a full day of service for the entire family takes place each year in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Mitzvah day is a very special day for Temple Sinai families to come together as a congregation and participate in the holy task of tikkun olam.

Pet Treats were made and delivered to a local shelters

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Mitzvah Day 2013 Photo
Mitzvah Day 2013 Photo

Project Linus

Making No-Sew Fleece Blankets to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.

Mitzvah Day 2013 Photo
Mitzvah Day 2013 Photo

Sock Collection

Collection of much needed new socks for the Cathedral Kitchen’s homeless clients.

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Cathedral Kitchen

Putting together sandwiches and utensil packets for homeless clients.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive

The gift of life by giving blood!

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Paint the Caps

Painting and decorating children’s caps for the Ronald McDonald summer camp.

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Other programs we've helped in the past include:

  • Packing and delivering food baskets for the Jewish Relief Agency.
  • Preparing casserole dishes to be distributed to area Women Shelters.
  • Providing companionship to close to 100 wheelchair-bound residents of Lion's Gate.
  • Making thank-you cards for active military members. And many more.
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Summer finds us beginning to think about the start of school in which Temple Sinai members collect backpacks and school supplies giving the gift of fitting in on the first day of school. Backpacks and supplies are given through the Jane Weillenbach Fund to school aged children in need in the Cinnaminson area. The Jane Weillenbach Fund was named in memory of Jane Weillenbach, a social worker on the Cinnaminson Child study Team, supporting needy families in Cinnaminson.

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ALL YEAR LONG

Feeding the Hungry Those in need of food are hungry all year long so Temple Sinai’s commitment to keeping the local food pantries stocked continues throughout the entire year. Temple Sinai is dedicated to helping both the Jewish Community by collecting Kosher non-perishable items for the Jewish Federation Food Pantry and is a partner in the Bread of Life Food Pantry serving those in need in the Cinnaminson, Palmyra and Riverton areas. The entire congregation is involved including the Religious School children. Collections continue throughout the year and one Thursday a month we go and stock the shelves with needed food items.

Food Collection for the Food Pantry
Harold & Paula at the Food Pantry

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Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County (IHN)

Temple Sinai is an active member of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Burlington County Paulapappas@comcast.net or 856-665-5869 with questions or to volunteer.


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BookMates

Too many young children right here in South Jersey never have the chance to hear a bedtime story. BookMates is an interfaith literacy program in which volunteers reads one-on-one to children in Title I elementary schools in low and moderate income communities throughout South Jersey. Many Temple Sinai members participate in BookMates and enjoy reading each week to children in the local elementary schools. To be a volunteer reader, contact Dorothy Minkoff at 856-461-2251 or dhminkoff@aol.com


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MAZON:

A Jewish Response to Hunger is committed to fighting for hungry families. Despite our best efforts, nearly 50 million Americans – more than the entire population of Canada – and nearly 25% of all Israelis are still either hungry or perched on the edge of being hungry. The number of people who would have little or nothing to eat were it not for the modest support of our federal safety net is still at a tragic all-time high. As a community we can and must take action. I hope you will choose to join MAZON’s effort to end hunger in the United States and Israel. Make a generous donation to MAZON. Visit mazon.org to donate and learn how to participate in the fight to end hunger.

When times are hard, the need is stronger than ever and with the help of the Temple Sinai Social Action Committee, Temple Sinai’s heart is bursting to help the surrounding communities.

It is not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes all the difference in the world.

Pirkeo Avot 1:17