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




Tikkun Olam Meetings are held on Sundays 9:30-11:00am in the TBA Library.



This meeting will be our planning meeting for 2017-2018. If you have an idea or cause you are passionate about come to our meeting. If you cannot attend, please send us an email!


Sunday, May 7

TBA’s 3rd Annual Pet Blessing and Pet Food Drive

The Pet Food Drive supports The Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry

Bring your pet to TBA to be blessed. If your pet doesn’t travel well or get along with other pets, please bring a photo instead. Dogs must be leashed.            What to donate: Friskies wet and dry or Fancy Feast cat food; Pedigree, Purina 1, or Mighty Dog dog food; Reusable bags. Please go to www.hvpetfoodpantry.org for a full list of needed items.


TBA reimagines the ancient ritual of Counting the Omer.  Join us as we collect tzedakah for the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot.

Funds will be distributed between Leket Israel, the largest food bank in Israel, and the Food Bank for Westchester.  Look for your kit by April 2.  Contact the office if you haven’t received your kit by April 6.

Please bring your tzedakah truck to Temple Beth Abraham  for Shavuot.  We will collect the funds and distribute them.  Checks should be made payable to “Temple Beth Abraham” with “Every1Counts” on the memo line.



Sunday, April 2

Thank you to Judi Markowitz and Toby Helfenstein who once again organized a very successful blood drive! This year we had 40 people show up to donate blood. Jane Rubin supplied plentiful, delicious home-baked goodies. Volunteers Henry Demarest and Melissa Jacobson escorted our donors after they gave blood. Thank you to all the “regular” people who donate every year since the first drive we held 11 years ago (you know who you are!). This year we had our youngest donor who donated blood for the first time, as she had just turned 16 years old!



knitting basketIt’s such fun to knit! We make beautiful scarves, shawls and blankets and hats for Hope’s Door, Montefiore Hospital Newborns, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, and for our members after illness, and at the same time have fun knitting together.
Any donations of yarn and knitting needles are always appreciated.  Questions?  Please RSVP to Joyce Licker, CraftsforaCause@tba-ny.org, for the address.

Next meeting: May 19 at 10:30 at Temple Beth Abraham




midnight runWe are looking for someone to help organize future Runs.

Please contact us to find out what is needed!


Dorot Westchester LogoDOROT

Shabbat Shalom Westchester

Location: Private home in Scarsdale, NY
When: THURSDAY, May 11, 2017  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM



On April 2, TBA held an Interfaith Community Seder

Over 100 people participated in a Passover Seder led by Rabbi David Holtz, using a Haggadah he and Jennifer Povman created 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: Herb and Melissa Baer, Jeff and Lisa Bergman, April Daryani, Eva Fischer, Jonathan Gleit, David Glickhouse, Richard Goodwin, Ellen Greenberg, Lee Hirsch, Rabbi David Holtz, Michael Karnes, Arlene and Stuart Kolbert, Jenny Libien, Kimberly Marcus, Cynthia and Mark Mishler, Jennifer Povman, Barbara Robertson, Roberta and Steve Rothkin, Jane Rubin, Vicki Savitch, Jason and Paulina Vulej, Andrea White and Bob and Marion Zinman.

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!