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?”

Upcoming Social Action Opportunities

DIY CRAFT DONATION

SISTERHOOD LUNCH

December 11

The ever-popular, family-friendly Sisterhood Chanukah

Lunch is back! While there, join us at the make-a-blanket

table and help keep everyone warm this season.

CONTACT: Susan Lapidus, susan.lapidus@gmail.com

DONATION DRIVE

FEEL THE CHILL

November–December 20

Donate new/like new coats and blankets in the

reading room’s Social Action Collection Closet,

donated by Marvin and Arlene Shelsky and Family.

Items are being collected for Community Kitchens.

CONTACT: YOU. (Yes, YOU!) Notify Dalia Abrams.

DONATION DRIVE / TZEDAKAH

“FEELING GELTY”

Early November–Mid-December

In collaboration with our sister synagogue,

Temple Emanu-El, we will be adopting 20+ families

who need our help providing Christmas gifts from

their childrens’ wish lists through Urban Ministries.

See link in the pre-Chanukah bulletin and TBE e-mails

for information on toys being collected and donation link.

CONTACT: Anne Ovson, aovson@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

UNITED WAY HANDS ON/

MLK DAY OF SERVICE

January 16

Take MLK Day as a “Day On” and not a “Day Off.”

Engage in a nature-based volunteer service as a way

to prepare for the upcoming Jewish New Year of the

Trees while honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr. Project TBD.

CONTACT: Shira Goldberg, mattshira@gmail.com

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

LOW-WASTE KIDDUSH LUNCH

February 11

Join us for an environmental awareness Shabbat in

honor of Tu B’shevat, with a Kiddush luncheon using

environmentally-friendly products (including utensils)

and composting food remains from the luncheon.

Remaining food will be given to a Birmingham shelter.

Related field trip may follow. Stay tuned.

CONTACT: Barbara Bonfield, bbonfield226@gmail.com


The following organizations have been vetted by [T]BE Involved Social Action and they encourage you to make additional donations throughout the year.

Temple Beth-El High Holiday Philanthropy

2022 Women’s Issues:

– OLIVIA’S HOUSE*, unique rehabilitation center where children can stay with their mothers.
– THE PAD PROJECT*, end period stigma andempower all menstruators worldwide

–  RUACH NASHIT* Israeli organization assisting survivors of domestic violence

2021 Refugee Support:
– ALIRP Alabama Interfaith Refugee Project*

– Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society* (HIAS)

– IsraAid*


2020 COVID — N/A

2019 Homelessness:
– Family Promise*
– Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society* (HIAS)
– Yemin Orde*

2018:
– Faith in Action*
– IsraAID* http://www.israaid.org/

– Nechama* https://nechama.org/

2017:
– GBM*
– Habitat for Humanity*
– Women of the Wall or Hiddush*

2016:
– Baton Rouge Relief: Supporting an effort coordinated by the Jewish Federations of North America*

–  Anytown Alabama*
–  Mechon Shechter* / Schechter Rabbinical Seminary’s (SRS) Bet Midrash: Supporting programs to train Conservative rabbis and strengthen pluralism in Israel


2015:

– Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel*
– Birthwell Partners Community Doula Project*

– National Ramah* Tikvah Network

We’d also like to list:
– Heart Gallery*

*501(c)3


In case you missed it… check out these photos from our Social Action trip to Selma!