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. We do this globally and locally, as Jews, as citizens, and as members of the global community. Projects include donating to a local food pantry, bringing food and supplies to homeless people in NYC, helping to rebuilding communities hit by natural disasters, and coming together to perform mitzvot. We hope, with these and other acts of Tikkun Olam, we can help make the world a better place.

The chair of the Tikkun Olam team is Tracy Ostroff.  You may reach her at tikkunolam@tba-ny.org.


Join Us!

Next Tikkun Olam meeting: Sunday, September 19 at 10:00am on Zoom

Please reach out to us to attend our next meeting or to make suggestions.

Tikkun Olam would like to help you make your idea happen!


We invite you to explore our opportunities for meaningful learning and service — both virtually and safely in person. Together as a community, we’ll work to meet the extraordinary need created by the pandemic and address the deep-rooted inequities in our society.


COMMEMORATING 9/11

Many service and volunteer programs in Westchester offer ways to commemorate the anniversary of September 11 by giving back to our communities. Here are links to some ongoing and special opportunities.


HELP LOCAL RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IDA

TBA member Lee Parker also let us know that you can help those recently affected by Hurricane Ida by donating furniture and small household appliances to Furniture Sharehouse. Please see the organization’s Facebook page for more information and donation guidelines, or contact tikkunolam@tba-ny.org, if you have any questions.


YOM KIPPUR FOOD DRIVE

The Yom Kippur Food Drive is a long-standing TBA tradition, and we hope you participate again to help those in need.

This year there are three ways we suggest you can help:

  1. Please consider supporting our annual Yom Kippur Food Drive, benefiting Feeding Westchester. Thanks to Feeding Westchester’s purchasing power, every $1.00 you donate will yield three meals.
  2. Prepare bags filled with food to be distributed through Feeding Westchester. We will collect the pre-made bags at Yom Kippur services, or you can email tikkunolam@tba-ny.org and we’ll arrange to pick up.
  3. Donate to the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown.

BACKPACK DRIVE FOR OUR NEIGHBORS IN TARRYTOWN

Please consider donating to this exciting “back to school” volunteer effort to provide 50 backpacks and all mandated school supplies for incoming Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st graders in the Tarrytown school district.
The 50 Students are part of a fantastic local literacy organization in the public schools of the Tarrytowns called
Aso­ciación de Fa­mil­ias His­panas de los Tar­ry­towns (AFHT).
If you are interested in donating either a monetary amount or the cost of one fully loaded backpack, please contact Lisa Bergman at lisa.piedimonte@gmail.com


Ways to Volunteer

At Temple Beth Abraham

  • Check in on loved ones. The TBA Connects team is more than 40 strong and has been making calls to all the members of the Congregation, with extra focus on seniors and those who are socially isolated. To join the TBA Connects team, please send an email TikkunOlam@tba-ny.org.
  • Help TBA Seniors and Others Get Online. 

Opportunities for Adults, Teens, and Families

UJA Federation of New York. Volunteer from home by virtually connecting with those in need. There is a link to many opportunities for families and adults, as well as for school children who may be need volunteer hours. Click HERE for opportunities to volunteer.

DOROT. Click HERE for DOROT’s volunteer page. For volunteers ages 18 and up.

“Volunteer New York! This page (click here and then scroll down) features many volunteer opportunities for families and adults, like card-writing initiatives, art projects, and mask-making instructions. It also lists ways to help in the community including at food banks and meal delivery services.


Donations

Feeding Westchester. The organization is not accepting donated goods now, but your monetary donation will be used to source and safely distribute food to the food insecure in Westchester. Click here to make a general donation and here to watch a News12 feature (from July 26, 2020) from the organization.

The Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. The Community Food Pantry is also accepting donations.

Donate Blood. While current needs are being met, the American Red Cross and the New York Blood Center are urging donors to keep appointments to ensure a steady supply during the during this time.


Are you passionate about a cause? Please email us at TikkunOlam@tba-ny.org.

Tracy Ostroff, Tikkun Olam chair

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