Tikkun Olam

Tikkun Olam is the social action arm of Temple Beth Abraham. Tikkun Olam, literally means, “to heal the world.” The mission of TBA’s Tikkun Olam team is to inform, engage, and mobilize our members to build a better world. They do this globally and locally, as Jews, as citizens, and as members of the global community. Projects range from donating to local food pantry, to supporting efforts to transform food distribution methods around the world. From bringing food and supplies to homeless people in NYC, to rebuilding communities hit by natural disasters nationwide. From writing a check, to swinging a hammer, to calling a Congress person.

The co-chairs of the Tikkun Olam Team are Melissa Baer and Andrea White.  You may reach them at tikkunolam@tba-ny.org

 We are planning Tikkun Olam activities for 2017-2018. If you have an idea or cause you are passionate about, please send us an email!

Tikkun Olam 2016-2017

  • Rosh Hashanah Honey Sale
  • Yom Kippur Food Drive
  • Backpack Collection for La Asociación
  • Light One Candle Program for La Asociación
  • Alt Gift Guide
  • Volunteering Food Bank Westchester
  • Crafts for a Cause – Knitting Projects
  • Blood Drive
  • Pet Blessing & Pet Food Drive
  • Everyone Counts – Omer Tzedakah Collection

We would like to thank those who volunteered their time, experience, donations and ideas this past year!


Thank you to Julie Gur for organizing the Honey from the Heart fundraiser. This year we donated just over $1,000 to MOSAIC of Westchester.



Thank you to everyone who donated to the Yom Kippur Food Drive. A special thank you to our teen helpers and the Leary Family for sponsoring the truck rental.



Thank you to those who donated to the backpack drive. We filled almost 100 backpacks for LaAsociación’s Literacy program. The children and teachers were so appreciative! The children sent personalized thank you notes accompanied by pictures of themselves wearing their backpacks.



Thank you to our families who helped sort food items at the Food Bank for Westchester in December. We had a great time and hope to do it again, soon. We are working on another date. (The Food Bank has so many volunteer requests that they limit us to one group event every six months. There are also only a very limited number of Sundays that are available.)


Our Light One Candle program gave families the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts at a NU Toy Store in Tarrytown.   Families contribute $5 toward each $25 gift card (your generous donations make up the other $20). This makes it feel much less like a handout for those receiving the gift.


Thank you to all the knitters and crocheters who have made such amazing items this year. We donated 25 blankets and shawls to the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health. We also donated several pillows to My Second Home, a day care facility that caters to older adults with some level of physical and/or cognitive impairment. Current projects include making toy bunnies, which will be donated to children’s hospitals, and making scarves and shawls, which will be donated to DOROT for their winter package deliveries in January 2018.

TBA Cares has provided meals for congregants who have lost loved ones. Thank you to the great number of volunteers who stand ready to help set up or clean up for shiva, to shop for someone who is ill or recovering from surgery, or to provide a congregant a ride to or from a doctor appointment or the synagogue for an event or services.


Thank you to Judi Markowitz and Toby Helfenstein for another successful blood drive. Thank you to Jane Rubin who supplied so many delicious home-baked goodies that donors got care packages as well as treats! Thank you to our escorts, Henry Demarest and Melissa Jacobson. Thank you to all the donors, particularly Cydney Wilson, who was our youngest donor, donating blood for the first time, at newly 16 years old!


Thank you to the families who came out on May 7 in overcast weather for the third annual Blessing of the Animals and Pet Food drive. Thank you everyone for the much-needed donations and a special thank you to Kimberly Marcus who transported the donated items to the Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry in White Plains.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Every1Counts Omer Tzedakah collection for Leket and The Food Bank of Westchester. Your donations give these organizations the ability to purchase $4 worth of food for each $1 donated.

On April 2, over 100 people participated in a Passover Seder led by Rabbi David Holtz. This event was the brainchild of Jennifer Povman, and was made possible through a grant from the UJA-Federation of NY’s Engage Jewish Service Corps Synagogue Initiative, as well as funding from TBA’s Harriet Verter Jewish Education Fund, Tikkun Olam Committee, and anonymous donors. Thank you!

Rabbi Holtz and Jennifer Povman created a unique Haggadah for this event. There were over 60 guests from at least four area churches and one mosque.  Thank you to the organizing committee: Jennifer Povman, Michael Karnes, Jane Rubin, Vicki Savitch, Eva Fischer, Arlene Kolbert, Kimberly Marcus, Jeff and Lisa Bergman, and Jenny Libien. Thank you to Michael Povman for the photographs. Thank you to Pomp Caterers, Johnston’s Florist, and Grape Expectations for food, flowers and wine. And a great big thank you to all the volunteers who helped host our guests at the event.