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 co-chairs of the Tikkun Olam team are Julia Gosset and Tracy Ostroff.  You may reach them at tikkunolam@tba-ny.org.

Join Us!

Our next meeting will be February 7 at 11 a.m. All are welcome!

Please reach out to us to attend or make suggestions.

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

MLK Day of Service 2021

In this moment, our collective desire to repair our world feels stronger and more urgent than ever. This year’s MLK Day of Service helps us pause to take time to honor Dr. King’s legacy and to engage and unite to strengthen our communities. Here are some ways to participate and help:

MLK Day of Service with Shames JCC: Packing Blizzard Boxes to Address Food Insecurity (URJ Program)
Monday, January 18, 2021; 1 – 2PM 

To participate, register to pick up Blizzard Box kits and see here for more information.

URJ: MLK Day 2021: It’s Time for Good

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.

Volunteer New York! Webinar and Virtual Sunday Supper

MLK Day 2021 J-Teen Leadership Panel on Racial Justice: What Teens Can Do
Monday, January 18, 1pm
Join teens from Westchester County and around the country to have an honest conversation honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King on our MLK Day of Service. Moderated by Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein, the panel will include professionals from Tzedek America, Etgar 36, and JYCA (Jewish Youth for Community Action). We’ll talk about the fight for racial justice in our country and how teens can take action. Register here.

Volunteer New York! Webinar
Saturday, January 16, 3-4:30PM, “Volunteering with Equity in Mind,” webinar

The presentation will share volunteer tips on how best to advocate for those in our community and bridge the gap between those we serve and those who serve

Volunteer New York! Virtual Sunday Supper
Sunday January 17, 3-4:30PM
Gather around the table to break bread and barriers. Join us for a virtual “Sunday Supper” discussion inspired by Dr. King’s vision of people creating community across race, class, and faith. Participants will meet in small breakout rooms with a facilitator, to discuss relevant and timely topics in a safe space while hearing one another’s thoughts and feedback.

The Worker’s Circle: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike
January 14, at 7:30PM

The National Civil Rights Museum, built around the former Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. King’s assassination, will lead us in an exploration of the final year of Dr. King’s life, during which he spoke out against the Vietnam War and in support of the Poor People’s Campaign. By honoring Martin Luther King Jr., we can continue his legacy of anti-racism and workers’ rights activism. Read more about the program here.

Repair the World NYC
As we all sit in this challenging moment in our nation’s history, we invite you to take action through service. From Friday, January 14th to Monday, January 18th, inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists, Repair the World NYC is hosting in-person and virtual opportunities to serve.

Light One Candle


The Light One Candle program gives the power to purchase gifts to the parents of La Aso­ciación de Fa­mil­ias His­panas de los Tar­ry­towns (AFHT).  Click here for more details.


In conjunction with the Religious Action Center (RAC), “Every Voice, Every Vote” Civic Engagement Campaign, we will be working to fight voter suppression in states where it is most rampant!

Every Voice, Every Vote is the Reform Jewish Movement’s 2020 civic engagement campaign, a nonpartisan effort to strengthen our democracy by encouraging everyone to participate in the U.S. election and ensuring that Reform Jewish values are represented in the public square.

Look for more information from the Tikkun Olam Committee regarding a community-wide activity this fall. We look forward to engaging with you!

Ways to Volunteer As You Stay Safe at Home

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. Direct them to click on the link to “Here’s What’s Happening Online,” in the weekly TBA email and this will bring users to the Zoom links for TBA programs like Torah Study and Book Club.

At the Shames JCC on the Hudson

  • The Shames JCC is teaming with the UJA Federation to collect devices for seniors in need and for students who need a device to connect to their virtual classrooms. Without a device, these vital connections are impossible. If you have an extra device or would even like to purchase a new one, please donate. Click here for more information on devices. Please note at this time they are looking for primarily looking for tablets and laptops, not phones. For more information on how to donate a device, contact Tali Strom at stromt@ujafedny.org.
  • Please join the JCC and the Afya Foundation in this warm winter gear drive collecting material for Navajo elders in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, in partnership with CORE Response.  Click here for more information.

Providing Masks and Other Protective Gear and New York State Governor Requests

HoH Mask Project. Volunteers who can sew cloth masks or donate fabric are needed now. The HoH Mask Project has organized in response to urgent requests from local medical centers for cloth masks to cover and extend the life of N95 masks, or for those without masks. Other volunteers who can drive and who are willing to handle distribution of masks or supplies are also welcome. Volunteers should register with the Facebook group @HoH Mask project. The group has outstanding urgent request from local medical centers for more than 800 masks for this week alone. Read more about the group in the NYT article here and connect with the HoH Mask project on Facebook here.

Protective Personal Gear. From the westchester.gov website. New York State has a critical need for Personal Protective Equipment, including masks, gowns, and gloves. The state is asking companies to be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. Need funding? Call (212) 803-3110, or if you have unused supplies call  (646) 522-8477, or send an e-mail to COVID19supplies@exec.ny.gov.

The State of New York. The New York State Website is a hub for information about the virus and also offers many ways to assist the state government in combating the virus. Click here for more information to see how you can get involved and how you can help.

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.

UJA Federation Teen Tutoring. Online tutoring help can benefit those adjusting to school at home and connects to teen volunteers who can tutor in different subjects. Click here for more information.

DOROT. Register here for DOROT’s new Caring Calls program and form a phone connection with an older adult. (In-person visits have been suspended, for now.) 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.


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 donate and here to watch a News12 feature on the organization.)

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

The Rotary Club. The Rotary Club organization is helping to support the Meal Train Plus at Phelps Hospital by ordering meals from local restaurants. This also supports local businesses, while providing nourishing, comforting food to front-line care givers.

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.

Online – Be informed!

ADL: Fighting Hate from Home. The ADL has a series of discussions with a team of experts. Click here to register.

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

Tracy Ostroff and Julia Gosset, Tikkun Olam co-chairs

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