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!

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.

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!


JUDAISM AND ORGAN DONATION SYMPOSIUM

This webinar occurred on May 24, 2022. A link to the recording may be obtained by emailing organdonation@tba-ny.org

We would like to thank all our panelists and cosponsors:

  • Andrea Danziger, family of organ donor
  • Alan Ganek, organ donation recipient
  • Cantor Margot Goldberg, Temple Beth Abraham
  • Susan Kronish Grotenstein, Moderator, Temple Beth Abraham
  • Rabbi David Holtz, Temple Beth Abraham 
  • Rabbi Ari Perl, VP, Multicultural Engagement, LiveOnNY 
  • Stuart Skolnick, Executive Director, Temple Beth Abraham   
  • Click HERE to see a list of the cosponsors for this event

100,000 people are dying. We can help.
Though saving a life is a supreme Jewish value, many Jews pass on the opportunity to donate life-saving organs after death despite strong support for donation from ALL major denominations of Judaism. 


MIDNIGHT RUN – JANUARY 22, 2022

The Chang-Barendse family organizes the Runs and is always grateful for volunteers to make food bags, as well as donations for men, including dark jeans, sneakers, winter hats, and gloves, as well as toiletries. If you would like to donate or to be informed about the next run, please contact midnightrun@tba-ny.org.


LIGHT ONE CANDLE

Thank you to everyone who donated to this year’s Light One Candle program. Thanks to you we exceeded our goal! Any funds not used this year will go toward future programs with La Asociación.


LA ASOCIACIÓN BACKPACK DRIVE A SUCCESS!

Many thanks to Lisa Piedimonte Bergman for organizing Temple Beth Abraham’s backpack drive for the families of La Asociación de Los Familias de los Tarrytowns. Many thanks also to Rabbi Holtz for funding this effort so that all the children who participated could be ready for in-person learning this fall. The children and families were extremely grateful for the backpacks filled with school supplies and shared notes of appreciation with TBA.


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