Ongoing Projects

The Oral History Project

Help us collect the stories of our congregants. Temple Israel is a congregation of hundreds of families, each with its own stories. Some of these stories took place in our building, or in the Webster building, or perhaps in one the even earlier buildings downtown. We are looking for people who want to share their stories of Temple Israel, and for volunteers to help us collect them. We will be recording interviews with our dedicated laptop, microphone, and tripod at the Temple or another convenient location. The recordings will be archived at the Temple, where they can be viewed. We plan to develop the means for the interviews to be viewed remotely, so that stories can be shared with people who are not nearby. Contact

Cook For a Cause

Join our team of congregants who cook a dinner course in their own homes. Deliver your dish to Marilyn Morris who brings the complete meal to Community Service Associates in Mount Vernon. You don’t have to commit monthly, instead, you can pick the dates that work for you! Interested in participating? Contact Marilyn Morris.

The Sharing Shelf

Help provide clothing to local, low- income children through The Sharing Shelf, Westchester’s Clothing Bank for Children. New and gently used clothing (in excellent condition) are welcome. The children receive a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched to their sizing needs. Donations may be placed in the bin located in the Giving Corner. For more information contact Deborah Blatt.


Help provide new toiletries for The Jewish Board’s Sally and Anthony Mann Center, Community Service Associates (CSA), and My Sisters’ Place (MSP).

NEW hotel-sized toiletries 

Donations may be placed in the labeled bins in the Giving Corner in the Temple lobby. For more information contact Social Action.


Help provide eyeglasses for the Lions Club of Larchmont/Mamaroneck to recycle through the Eyeglass Recycling Center in New Jersey. Glasses are sent to humanitarian service organizations around the world at no cost.

Donations may be placed in the labeled bins in the Giving Corner in the Temple Lobby. For more information contact Social Action.


Annually Temple Israel works with temple member Erika Tobia to support students at PS 41 during the holidays. As of January 2020, we are collecting pencils to be distributed throughout District 8 in the Bronx.  Let’s get started and keep it going year-round. NEW Pencils only.

Place pencils in labeled bins in the Giving Corner. Contact Social Action.

Non-Perishable Food for HOPE and Community Service Associates

Food is needed year round for these organizations. Items needed include:

  • Cereal
  • Peanut/Sunflower Butter
  • Jelly
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Tuna Fish
  • Cans of Chicken
  • Soup
  • Granola Bars

Contact Social Action.