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Overall Program: Food Drives, Disaster Relief, and Hosting a Shelter

The synagogue proves that bigger is not necessarily better! As a small synagogue, they were able to acheive significant results in the community through disaster relief programs, food drives, hosting a shelter, and an Intergenerational Mitzvah Day.

Temple Emek Shalom
1081 East Main Street
PO Box 1092
Ashland, Oregon 97520
(541) 488-2909 

Target Groups: Multi-generational Social Action Program, Adults

This congregation proves that a synagogue does not need to be large in size to make a major difference in the community. With only 150 families, Temple Emek Shalom has two food drives each year, for Pesach and Yom Kippur, collecting two tons of food, making the congregation the largest single contributor to the local food bank. Members participate in disaster relief efforts, raising significant funds for Congregation B'nai Israel in Grand Forks, ND, and for victims of Hurricane Mitch. Congregants deliver Meals on Wheels for two weeks each year and serve as Food Bank volunteers two weeks a year. The congregation also serves as a shelter for one week each winter, in a revolving church/synagogue program. Over 80% of the members participated at the congregation's first Intergenerational Mitzvah Day. All of this is accomplished on a $250 budget-just going to prove that bigger is not always better!