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!

We meet about once every-other month on Zoom to plan activities. 

Please reach out to us to attend or make suggestions.

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


YOM KIPPUR ANNUAL FOOD APPEAL GOES ONLINE

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

While we are celebrating the High Holidays differently this year, we still have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to help feed our neighbors in who are hungry in Westchester County. Please consider supporting our annual Yom Kippur Food Drive, benefiting Feeding Westchester. Thanks to Feeding Westchester’s purchasing power, every $1 you donate will yield four meals. Please ask your employer to match your donation if your workplace has a matching program.
Donate to Feeding Westchester here!
Please contact Tikkun Olam Co-Chairs Tracy Ostroff or Julia Gosset at tikkunolam@tba-ny.org, with any questions.


Every Voice, Every Vote

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. Rabbi David also gave us guidance on how to talk people through the process of accessing the LiveStream for services.
    • Open your web browser (probably Internet Explorer or Safari, but maybe Google Chrome)
    • In the address bar at the top of the page, type: www.tba-ny.org, and then press the Enter key or click “Go.”
    • On the upper left of the screen, you will see a picture of the sanctuary, with the words, “Watch our services live.” Click on the picture. This will take you to the page that shows our services when they are streaming.
    • You will see a video box that says “StreamSpot,” and which has a triangle in the middle. Click the triangle and you should now see the service. (IF you get the message “TBA is not broadcasting right now,” please check that you have the correct service time!)
    • If you are having difficulty hearing us, please make sure that your computer volume is on and fully turned up.

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.


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 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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