Social Action Committee

TABI Social Action Committee

TABI is blessed to have leaders and congregants who have fully embraced the idea of “Tikkun Olam,” our responsibility as Jews to “repair the world” through social action. Our committee oversees several yearly events and cultivates relationships with our interfaith partners as well as area organizations that are focused on fighting homelessness, food insecurity, and domestic abuse, and other causes that effect our congregation and our community.

We partner with two of Evansville’s most essential homeless shelters, United Caring Services and Ruth’s House, throughout the year. Most notably, our annual High Holiday drive collects food and essential supplies for UCS and the first Friday of every month a congregational family prepares and delivers dinner to the women of Ruth’s House.

Our annual Thanksgiving food baskets also provide a full holiday meal for those in need across our community.

During the height of the pandemic, the TABI community rallied to raise enough money to sponsor two lunches at local senior communities in appreciation of the front-line workers that keep our most vulnerable citizens safe.

Thanks to the shining example of our Rabbi, the congregation is also committed to social action causes that not only help those in need, but also bring together other faith communities to share with and learn from each other. We collaborate on an annual Interfaith Habitat for Humanity build that brings us together with our Catholic, Presbyterian and Muslim brothers and sisters.

Whether it’s by donating time, money, or skills, the TABI community is committed to doing our best to help those less fortunate – regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

Servants At Work (SAWs)

The TABI Social Action committee is excited to announce a new opportunity to partner with a local faith-based organization called SAWs. Servants At Work (SAWs) builds ramps for people in the Evansville area that are otherwise housebound. Much in the style of Habitat For Humanity, the organization welcomes volunteers of all skill sets and takes time to teach those who are willing the key skills needed to help construct the pre-fab ramps. Build opportunities are one night during the week (preparation for build in a workshop) and a weekend day for installation. One of the advantages of the SAWs program, unlike a Habitat build, is that a complete build is finished in one day and the recipient of the ramp is usually present – and extremely grateful.
If you’re interested, there are two ways to participate: 1) you can go to and sign up to be added to their email newsletter and volunteer for projects on your own or 2) contact Ed Scharf or call the Temple directly and let him know you’re interested in a TABI build day sometime in the next month or two.