U’t’shuvah u’t’filah u’tzedakah ma’avirin et ro’a ha’g’zeirah

Our TO BE INVOLVED Social Action Committee has selected below three organizations we hope you will consider donating to during this period of awe. Our social action theme this year is “Hashiveinu,” literally meaning “return us.” As we reflect on the solemnity of our communal return to TBE this year even as Covid persists, we hope you will commit to tzedakah during these High Holy days helping others to return, metaphorically and physically, to a better place.  May this year be for a blessing for all of us as we move from isolation back into community. L’Shana Tova, from your Social Action Committee, 5782.




Fleeing from persecution, refugees and asylum-seekers do not have the freedom to return home. By remembering that we were once strangers in a strange land, we can understand the need to minimally return their dignity, safety, and hope.

Mission Statement:

AILRP is an interfaith group of laypersons, clergy, and community organizations that have come together for the purpose of helping refugees and asylum-seekers, considering the current global refugee crisis. It is in Birmingham, Alabama, and is an independent 501C3 non-profit group. The group does not engage in any proselytizing or promotion of any religion or political affiliation.  You may donate and/or volunteer at Alabama Interfaith Refugee Partnership.

Donate here.




Rabbis help Jews return to Judaism in this country and abroad.  We encourage giving to Rabbis without Borders to welcome our own Rabbi Hillel Norry, who is part of this exciting and pluralistic network, to Temple Beth-El.

Mission Statement:

Rabbis Without Borders envisions a world where Jewish wisdom is a source for wellbeing for anyone anywhere.  The rabbis in the RWB Network are committed to pushing the borders of what it means to be a rabbi today. They seek to share our Torah in pluralistic and innovative ways grounded by a sense of service to all. You may donate at Rabbis without Borders. 

Donate here (and specify “Rabbis Without Borders”)



United Hatzalah in Israel rescues the bodies of those who are hurt or have perished in emergencies. This hits very close to home for our congregation as Israeli and Miami Hatzalah volunteers were part of the rescue teams in Surfside, Florida.  They were able to retrieve the body of our fellow community member, Dr. Gary Cohen. Hatzalah attempts to rescue the injured to be healed and return to families those they have lost so that mourning can begin. 

Mission Statement:

United Hatzalah of Israel is the largest independent, non-profit, staffed by volunteers only. They are a fast and free Emergency Medical Service organization that responds to disasters throughout Israel and the world. United Hatzalah’s service is available to all people regardless of race, religion, or national origin. United Hatzalah has more than 6,000 volunteers around the country, available around the clock. You may donate at United Hatzalah of Israel.

Donate here.