How Will I Change the World This Year?

Isaiah 58:5 reads: “Is this the kind of fast I desire, a day of merely depriving one’s body? Is it not the sharing of your bread with the hungry, the bringing of the wretched poor into your home, or clothing someone you see who is naked, and not hiding from your kin in their need?”

The [T]Be Involved Social Action Committee encourages you to participate in our social action programs. Events are subsidized by the Chico Bomchel Memorial Social Action Fund at Temple Beth-El. Thank you for your support. View the 5780 Social Action brochure.

Women’s Business Clothing and Shoes Needed

The Social Action Committee is collecting new or gently used women’s clothing and shoes suitable for business-wear until Purim. The clothing will go to My Sister’s Closet, a low cost women’s boutique that has everything that a woman might need but might not be able to afford. Most of the customers are referred by various agencies, and many are getting their lives back on track and entering the workforce or interviewing for a job. Search your closets and bring your donations to the Arlene & Marvin Shelsky and Family Collection Closet located in the Reading & Resource Room. They will be transferred to My Sister’s Closet. For more information contact Judy Olitsky.

MLK Day & Tu B’Shevat • Brother Bryan Park

Sundays, Jan. 19
Let’s be a good neighbor. Pitch in with the Southside Neighborhood Association and Birmingham Parks and Rec to restore the park on the Sundays before MLK Day. Adults are needed to join our Confirmation class with this project on Sunday. We’ll be planting pansies so bring gloves and a hand trowel! We’ll leave TBE at 9:30 am and walk over together. Work lasts until 11:15 am, and we’ll walk back to shul together. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Karen Halpern.

MLK Day’s Hands-On Birmingham

Monday, Jan 20







Just Mercy Book Club Discussion

4 pm, Sunday, Feb. 16, home of Caryn & Steven Corenblum

The [T]BE Involved Socia Action Committee is excited to announce its first book club event discussing “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Discussion led by Dr. Joshua Rothman, history professor at the University of Alabama. Dr. Rothman has an expertise in 19th Century Southern U.S. history,with a focus on race and slavery. Registration is required and participants need to have read the book in advance of the event. In order to have a meaningful discussion, the participant limit is 25. Seats are filling up fast, so register today!

If you would like to host a book discussion group in the future, please contact Dalia Abrams.

Ongoing Opportunities

Homelessness Prevention with Bridge Ministries

Temple Beth-El is partnering with Bridge Ministries to aid homelessness prevention in Birmingham. If you’d like to donate funds that will be given to Bridge Ministries for this cause, click here. Be sure to select the Chico Bomchel Memorial Social Action Fund and designate your gift for Bridge Ministries and Homelessness Prevention in the “occasion/special note” field.