Social Action


Our Principles:

  • Community building within Temple Emanuel as well as throughout the South Hills and beyond
  • Promote Temple Emanuel and community events that champion the poor, the needy and the stranger in our midst
  • Advocate for social justice in an inclusive, non-political way
  • Engage new members in social action and social advocacy activities.

Upcoming Events:

Temple Emanuel is excited to support Bower Hill Community Church (BHCC) in helping Family Promise of Southwestern Pennsylvania for our third year!

Family Promise connects homeless children and their families with a network of local congregations and dedicated staff who provide shelter, meals, hospitality and support until they are able to return to sustainable independent lives in their own homes. Over 40% of the homeless population is made up of families. Many shelters do not accept entire families and they have few options.

This community based program has a Day Center in Crafton which is their address of residence and base of operations for finding employment and permanent housing. Families have access to shower, laundry facilities, as well as childcare at the center. A fulltime caseworker is also there to provide assistance. The average stay for a family is 48 days and roughly 70% of them successfully return to sustainable housing.

The evening shelter and meals are provided by a network of host congregations.  Each host congregation is assigned up to five weeks throughout the year. These host congregations are assisted by the support congregations. All events take place at Bower Hill Community Church.

BHCC is responsible for four weeks during the year and Temple Emanuel has the following days: March 27, June 12, September 4 and November 27.

The volunteer opportunities are:

  • Afternoon Van Driver (4:30 pm – 6:00 pm)

  • Dinner Hosts (5:00 pm– 7:00 pm)

  • Evening Hosts (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

  • Overnight Hosts (9:00 pm – 6:30 am)

  • Morning Van Driver (5:00 am- 7:00 am). The van is a 14 passenger van.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Marty Altschul at

Contact Us

We need you to help make our initiatives a success. Please contact us if you’re interested or have any questions.