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.

Homelessness Series sponsored by Southside Faith Communities

The interfaith Homelessness series concludes at Highlands United Methodist Church in Five Points. From 9 am to 1 pm, we’ll be serving breakfast to the homeless and having lunch with the formerly homeless. All food will be provided. The program concludes with a panel discussion about the care available to our homeless population, its coverage gaps and what can be done to improve their access to medical care, legal services, transportation, substance abuse prevention, literacy and housing.

Community Kitchens Thanksgiving Meal

Volunteer to help with the Community Kitchens Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 28 at Grace Episcopal Church in Woodlawn! You have the opportunity to prepare food during the 9:30 am shift or serve and clean up during the 11:30 am shift. Also, you can collect food or gift cards before Thanksgiving or make a donation to support Community Kitchens holiday meals. Be sure to note your donation is in support of CK meals. Click here to access the online signup form to choose your volunteer opportunity.

Coat & Blanket Drive

The [T]Be Involved Social Action Committee is collecting new or gently-used winter coats and blankets to be donated at the [T]BE Involved Community Kitchens Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 28. Drop off items in the Arlene & Marvin Shelsky and Family Collection Closet located in the Reading & Resource Room. For more information contact Liam Youngblood.

Feeling Gelty Toy Drive

TBE will also take part in the Feeling Gelty holiday toy drive between now and Christmas. This drive is organized by Temple Emanu-El’s Tikkun Olam Committee. Contact Amy Allon to learn more about how to help brighten the Christmas holiday for children. This drive supports Temple Emanu-El’s annual Christmas store for the families served by Urban Ministries. We hope you will consider donating, whether it be by gift or time. Thanks so much!

Ways to give:

  • Sign-up to deliver items to Urban Ministry &/or work the Christmas Store here:
  • Bring gift items to Temple Emanu-El by Friday, December 6 (we will accept gifts up until 12/12).
  • Visit the Amazon gift registry: , or Target gift registry:

Bring a check to Temple Emanu-El or donate at

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.