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 email@example.com
Tikkun Olam Monthly Mitzvot
We offer easy to perform Mitzvot every month focusing on a particular Jewish value.
FOR JANUARY WE FOCUS ON HEALING THE SICK.
Rofeh Cholim Caring for the Sick רופה חלים
Sunday, January 7 – 11:15am-12:00pm
Activity Kits for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
Join us right after Religious School as we create Activity Kits for patients and their brothers and sisters at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the WMCHealth Network.
Please sign up to bring one or more needed items for the activity kits at: bit.ly/TOJanMM
For your convenience, we have set up an Amazon wish list for these items: bit.ly/TO-WishList
Please ensure that items arrive at TBA by January 5.
Friends and Families Welcome!
RSVP requested: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Tikkun Olam Meetings
Tikkun Olam Meetings are held on Sundays 9:30am-11:00am in the TBA Library.
Tikkun Olam would not exist without u. Tikkun Olam would like to help you make your idea happen! Are you passionate about a cause?
Come to the next Tikkun Olam committee meeting:
- January 7, 2018
- March 18, 2018
- May 6, 2018
Crafts for a Cause
Meetings take place at TBA from 10:30am to 12:00pm in the Cocktail area.
- January 12
- February 9
- March 9
- April 13
- May 11
We make beautiful things for various causes and at the same time have fun knitting together.
We will be preparing scarves and shawls for the DOROT Winter Package Drive. We have the supplies but any donations of yarn and knitting needles are always appreciated. For further information, please email Joyce Licker: email@example.com
TBA Cares provides meals for congregants who have lost loved ones. Volunteers stand ready to help set up or clean up at 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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance or if you wish to volunteer.
This month we are collecting Tikkun Olam is collecting Stuffed Animals for the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Stuffed animals MUST be washable and in new or like new condition
Please drop off your donations in the bin in the TBA lobby.
Other ways to help in January:
Donate to a charity working to research, prevent or cure a disease or disorder. Here are just a few suggestions:
- AIDS United (Working to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States)
- ALS Association (Fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
- Alzheimer’s Association (Alzheimer care, support and research)
- American Cancer Society (Lead the fight for a world without cancer)
- American Diabetes Association (Research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes)
- Autism Speaks (promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families)
- Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (Working to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Cure and control CF)
- Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (Preventing pediatric HIV infection and eradicating pediatric AIDS)
- JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Curing Type 1 diabetes)
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Fighting Blood Cancers)
- Lustgarten Foundation (Cure Pancreatic Cancer)
- Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease)
- Muscular Dystrophy Association (For Strength, Independence & Life; MDA and ALS research)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (Dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness)
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Helping those with MS move their lives forward)
- Operation Smile or Smile Train (Life saving surgeries for children born with cleft palates in the developing world)
Donate to Hadassah. Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that enhances the health of people worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Hadassah empowers its members and supporters, as well as youth in Israel and America through opportunities for personal growth, education, advocacy and Jewish continuity. For over 100 years, Hadassah has healed the sick, made broken lives whole, given hope where there was none. They have reached out, building bridges to peace through medicine and research in Israel, the United States, and around the world. Each year, their extraordinary hospitals in Israel treat one million patients without regard to race, religion or nationality. Hadassah doctors rush to aid victims of natural disasters wherever they are in the world. Hadassah is dedicated to helping American women lead healthier lives, educating women about these diseases, and advocating at every level of government on issues that affect women’s health.
Donate to the Ronald McDonald House, Greater Hudson Valley chapter or volunteer with them. Volunteers are needed in Guest Services: housekeeping, front desk coverage (check-in/check-out), working with meal program groups, clerical assistance and other tasks as needed; and with Special Events: assist with community outreach and fundraising events. You can also help by participating in their “Meals that Heal” program: Individuals, families, groups of friends (groups should be 8 volunteers or less) volunteer their time in the House’s kitchen to prepare brunch, lunch, or dinner for our guest families. Food must be prepared on site or come from a commercial kitchen – this is a guideline enforced by Ronald McDonald House Charities, which oversees all Ronald McDonald Houses. For more information, go to https://rmh-ghv.org/ and click on the “Get Involved” link.
THANK YOU! TODAH ROBAH תודה רבה
…to the volunteers who came on Sunday, December 10 to make 90 cards for DOROT’s Winter Package Delivery.
Thank you to: Emma B., Herb B., Jen B., Tobey B., Sadie B., Bella G. and Rabbi David H.