The Mitzvah Brigade is the social action arm of Temple Har Zion.

Tikkun Olam, healing the world, is an integral part of what our synagogue represents and the Mitzvah Brigade finds new ways to reach out into the community and help those in need. Whether it’s holding a mitzvah day, a food drive, or honoring our veterans, the Mitzvah Brigade works in tandem with a variety of organizations that serve our greater community.


THZ Community Mitzvah Day event for MLK Day January 15, 2018

Here are some of our volunteers making NO SEW blankets for people going through Chemotherapy along with pictures and quotes reflecting love and strength to go with them; lap blankets for our special friends at New Lisbon Developmental center; and thank you letters and pictures for our local police plus fire men and women.

Read Rabbi Tiferet’s keynote speech given at the Martin Luther King Prayer service.


A few of our volunteers in action, collecting food for Jewish Family Children Services (JFCS):

Some organizations we support:

Shopping bags ready to be filled with donated food.

JFCS/food bank – The Mitzvah Brigade purchases food through donations and collects foodstuffs people donate for this amazing organization. We also support various food drives throughout the year.

Veteran Haven South – We support our veterans! The Mitzvah Brigade uses donations to purchase specific items that veterans at this facility have requested and require.
Currently the Mitzvah Brigade will be supporting:
Cozzies for Chemo – Congregants  will make blankets that are presented to people going through chemotherapy, helping bring some ease and comfort to them.

Distributing Dignity – Through donations the Mitzvah brigade purchases and people donate,  tampons, pads and new bras are provided to women and girls in homeless shelters.

Donated bras

Women who attended Sisterhood’s Vashti’s Banquet donated bras for Distributing Dignity.


THZ Adopts 2 Families
Now in its second year, Temple Har Zion has adopted two families in need this holiday season. Thanks to Erna Meltzer’s hard work with the Mitzvah Brigade we will once again be able to help a couple of families put a smile on their face during the holiday season.

Our first family is made up of a mom and her three children, two boys 6 and 3 along with a daughter who is 3 months. This mom recently threw her husband out after he became abusive and has got a job but because of recent events is starting with nothing and needs our help.

This next family is made up of a mom, a dad and a 9-year-old boy who is autistic and has other special needs. Dad has serious health issues and on top of that recently had a kidney transplant so he is on total disability and is home recuperating. Mom is at home caring for her husband as well as being total caretaker for her son who has intensive needs and requires a great deal of his mom’s time and energy.

Please donate money or purchase something from the list below: 

New or gently used clothing:
Sleepers/ pajamas
Baby snowsuit
Parka size 7/8
Size 5T, 8 & 10 boys’ clothing
Baby girl clothes 3-6 mos.
Toys, etc.
Picture books through Grade 2
50-piece puzzles (no missing pieces, please!)


Drawing paper
Crayons & markers
Coloring books
Adult coloring books, too!
Nail polish, bookstore gift cards (for the mom)
Board games: 
My Little Pony
Guess Who
Scene It

Email Erna at erna08043(at) so she can cross the item off the list.


At Temple Har Zion, tzedakah (charity) comes from the heart as we attempt to serve our community and evoke these truths:

The more tzedakah, the more shalom.
Whoever does charity and justice fills the world with kindness.
There are eight rungs in charity.
The highest is when you help a person help themselves.
(Pirkei Avot 2:8 Hillel,Talmud Sukkah 49b Maimonides, Mishneh Torah 10:71-3)