Tikkun Olam

Repairing the world through community service

As part of Temple Sinai's Social Action commitments, members think beyond the four walls of our building and contribute to making Burlington and the surrounding counties a better place to live.


  • Did you know that 40 percent of all fourth graders cannot read at grade level?
  • Less than 50% of families read to their kindergarten children on a daily basis?
  • Students who are tutored in reading have shown positive results in self-confidence as readers and motivation to read?

If you have about 90 minutes a week during school hours to read one-on-one with school children you can make a big difference with long-lasting results. Temple Sinai participates in BookMates, a program of the South Jersey Interfaith Coalition for Literacy (SJICL).

The BookMates Program is a social justice project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey and the Catholic Jewish Commission of Southern New Jersey. The goal is to reach out to at-risk children in the community and provide them with a love and appreciation for reading, as well as to promote literacy and help children to become independent readers at an early age.

You will realize how much you are appreciated when you step into the classroom to get your student, and you see how their face lights up in anticipation of the next 30 minutes they will spend with you. Contact Dorothy Minkoff at 856 829-6293 for more information.

School Supply Drive

Every year in August Temple Sinai has a drive to collect backpacks with school supplies for the less fortunate. Be part of helping a child get a good start to a new school year. Contact Dorothy Minkoff at 856 829-6293.

Winter Accessories Drive

When the weather starts to turn cold in November, Temple Sinai warms up with a drive to collect new hats, scarves, and mittens/gloves for those in need.

Food Basket Drive (Holiday Time)

Every year in December we put together turkey baskets with all the trimmings for the less fortunate in Burlington County so they can have a healthy and bountiful holiday meal. Look for information in the late fall. Contact Sheldon and Marcia Wish at 856 829-6773.

Stock the Community Pantries

Twice a year, at Yom Kippur and again at Passover, Temple Sinai holds a food drive to collect nonperishable goods to stock the panty at the South Jersey Food Bank and for the Jewish Children's and Family Services in Cherry Hill. So bring your Kosher and non-Kosher goods in and we will see they get to the appropriate food bank.

Recycle and Redeem

Donate your empty inkjet and laster printer cartridges and used cell phones! (No copy machine toners or remanufactured cartridges please!) You can collect from home and work, and place in box outside the Temple office and we'll do the rest. More and more congregants are going to their workplaces and advertising that they are collecting empty printer cartridges. Some have even had the large boxes, which are provided, delivered directly to their workplace. Their co-workers fill them up, the box is taped and UPS picks it up - all free of charge!

Get your business involved in this environmentally friendly and profitable collection. They can feel good that they are helping the global community while you know that you're helping Temple Sinai as well. For more information call Rose 858-6953 or e-mail rose9483@verizon.net.