InterCommunity Relations & Social Action
Temple Beth Ohr has a long history of serving the local community, as well as expanding beyond our bubble of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
We have been collecting non-perishable foods, diapers, pet food, and (new) kitchen-related supplies such as Ziplock bags, cloth shopping bags, aluminum pans, napkins, paper towels, and storage solutions for many years. The InterFaith Food Bank receives regular deliveries and had documented the TONS of donations from TBO. While most food collection tends to occur around our High Holy Days, donations are actually appreciated year-round.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, food donations cannot be accepted inside our foyer collection box at this time.
Temple Beth Ohr has served as a polling place for decades. Of course, as things change due to social distancing, TBO was not used this year for voting. We look forward to being able to participate in this process again soon.
In the past, the Red Cross has held blood drives at TBO. If you wish to donate blood or plasma, we now suggest you contact the Red Cross directly to find a local donation facility.
Our ICR committee arranges for the annual toy drive to support the children of La Mirada and surrounding cities. This year we were unable to collect toys inside the Temple, but we were blessed with a very large turnout for our drive-up donation. The city was very grateful for our generous delivery. Thank you to all who gave toys, games, dolls, books, and gift cards!
Keeping the Temple congregation aware of national and international issues and opportunities to volunteer or donate also falls under this committee.
When there is a need for volunteers to help feed the homeless and hungry at local churches, TBO has been able to provide enthusiastic helpers who always report that their experiences far exceeded their expectations of the event.
ICR may work in conjunction with other sub-committees to reach out to hospitals who request chemo caps for their patients or blankets for their newborns. They worked with our Religious School students who put together dozens of Blessing Bags to hand out to those in need when we encounter someone in our daily travels. They worked with Sisterhood and provided local dog shelters with blankets, chew toys, and food. They worked with WRJ and helped write postcards as part of the Get the Vote Out program.
If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, we would love to have you join our ICR/Social Action Committee.