Our rabbis teach us that one of the pillars of Judaism is "gemilut hasadim", performing acts of loving kindness. The mission of the Temple Beth Shalom Social Action Committee is to provide opportunities for "gemilut hasadim" and to encourage congregants to get involved and participate in these opportunities. We especially encourage direct involvement in those opportunities to help those in need that are in our Needham community or in the Boston area.
Here is a sampling of our Social Action Projects. We hope you will join us - it's great to volunteer!
- Children's Book Drive In honor of Rabbi Jay's 10th Anniversary at TBS, Social Action is having a special children's book drive through April 6, 2014. For more information, click here.
- Circle of Hope The AnnualCoat drive for COH is in progress. We hope to collect 120 coats for men, women and children during the month of November. The collection box is located in the Temple lobby. Peggy Lowenstein will also do pick-ups; contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- JF &CS Family Table Linda Mesnik has been making deliveries from the temple to the JF&CS site, but our Tuna and Salmon collections are down. Our monthly commitment is 100 cans of tuna and 25 cans of salmon. A beautiful wooden collection box is always in our Temple lobby for your tuna and salmon donations. Volunteer opportunities for packing and distributing food for Family Table are available by contacting Nancy Krieger, email@example.com.
- Mozart School The Literacy project has begun and our volunteers are tutoring and reading to children. Nancy Krieger, firstname.lastname@example.org is the contact person for the literacy effort. A special project to commemorate our congregation's 10th anniversary with the Perlman family will support the Mozart School.
- K'Sharim Dinner Wecontinue a TBS tradition of providing a Shabbat dinner and service for the K'Sharim group from JBBBS (Jewish Big Brother Big Sister). K'Sharim is a group of Jewish adults with developmental disabilities who meet regularly for social events. We are so pleased to invite the K'Sharim members to join us for Shabbat Dinner, Service and Oneg at 6:15, Fri, April 11, Shabbat HaGadol. Contact Alison Davis, email@example.com for more information.
- 10th Anniversary Celebration A Children's Book Drive will be held to commemorate the Perlman Family's tenth anniversary with TBS. This simple but meaningful effort is designed to support literacy at the Mozart School in Roslindale where our TBS volunteers tutor and read to children. We are hoping to collect softly used and new children's books at different calendar points during the year. We hope to have a book for every child at the Mozart School by Tikkun Olam Day, and a group of volunteers will paste a bookplate in each book that celebrates the occasion. Please look for more specific information in the Scroll and weekly emails. We are very excited about this project! Contact Judy Weinberg firstname.lastname@example.org or Nancy Krieger email@example.com for more information.
- Tikkun Olam Day will take place on April 6, 2014. This community-wide effort has included these traditional volunteer opportunities: The Greater Boston Food Bank, Rosie's Place, food collection for Family Table, cleaning up Ridge Hill and a musical program at North Hill. New projects include socializing with the Charles River AMIS (Transition Aged Youth and Adults, a "buddies" program) from the Charles River ARC, sewing isolette blankets for Newborn Intensive Care Nurseries in Greater Boston hospitals, packing personal care items for Circle of Hope, making bookmarks and labeling books for the Mozart School, and planting flowers at the nursing homes around town. Please contact John Dennis, firstname.lastname@example.org, Judy Weinberg email@example.com or Alison Davis firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas or questions. It's a big day and we need community support. We will also have breakfast available for all!
Look for our new brochure describing the Social Action Committee and our many endeavors. We welcome you at our next Social Action meeting, Monday, January 13, 2014.