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Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)
Beit Tikvah members are committed to repairing the world and seeking ways to engage in the Baltimore area community. Please contact our Tikkun Olam Committee Chair Ellen Frishberg at email@example.com for more information about our many tikkun olam programs, to volunteer, or to share your ideas!
Beit Tikvah participates in the Synagogue Social Action Task Force and has attained our Green Synagogue status from the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network's Green Synagogue Covenant of Commitment program.
Beit Tikvah sponsored the creation of the Baltimore Green and Just Celebrations Guide, a project of THE ASSOCIATED's Sustainability Initiative. One of our members played a substantial role in developing the guide. For a summary of the project, please click here. Please also see the website BmoreGreenandJust.
"Adopting" Cecil Elementary School
In the fall of 2012, the Tikkun Olam Committee "adopted" Cecil Elementary School, located in one of Baltimore’s most impoverished neighborhoods, off of North Avenue near Greenmount Cemetery.
We started by asking our members to purchase school items, especially if they were getting some for their own kids, such as pencils, notebooks, and crayons. We placed a collection box at synagogue and another at Kesher School and congregants made donations. Then, one of our parents, Karen Linder-Staubs, said that her son Jake was interested in collecting books as his Bar Mitzvah project. Many congregants donated books on the day of his Bar Mitzvah. We also received a lot of books from a private school with a connection to one of our members. Jake’s books totaled 400! The librarian was thrilled and said no one had ever done that before! We got a lot of lovely thank you’s from the children.
The Jewish Volunteer Connection
The Jewish Volunteer Connection also offers wonderful opportunities for teens and children to repair the world.
Volunteer Now at the Maryland Food Bank
Maryland Food Bank warehouse volunteers...we packed 10,819 pounds of food in December. More than 8,000 meals! Todah rabah (thank you very much) to everyone who joined us on April 23, to do it again. If you couldn't make it, please put Wednesday evening, June 18 on your calendar for our next turn at the conveyor belt.
To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. And bring a friend!
Please click here (see p.3) to read a wonderful article featuring Beit Tikvah and FCC volunteers at the the Maryland Foodbank. Thank you to all of our volunteers! February 2015
"A description of the Wednesday night volunteer shift regularly manned by those who worship at 5802 Roland Avenue reads like the beginning of a joke: A rabbi, a minister, and their congregants walk into the Maryland Food Bank..."
Here's a letter from the volunteer manager at the Maryland Food Bank:
Thank you for coordinating your team from Beit Tikvah to volunteer with us on Wednesday, December 18! We appreciate everyone taking the time to assist us in improving the lives of hungry Marylanders.
On December 18, your team assisted in packing 10,819 pounds of food, which equates to 8,322 meals! Thanks to volunteer groups like Beit Tikvah, we are one step closer to achieving our goal of ending hunger throughout Maryland.
We hope the group's volunteer experience was rewarding and we hope to see your group again soon!
Jill K. Rowlett
Volunteer Program Manager
Thank you to our volunteers!
Please continue to bring non-perishable food items when you come to synagogue. More information on the Maryland Food Bank
Past and Ongoing Projects
Baltimore Green and Just Celebrations Guide - http://www.BmoreGreenandJust.org
Chana - Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network - http://www.ChanaBaltimore.org
Shofar Coalition Chana and the Shofar Coalition
Relief Benefit Concert for Haiti
Screening of A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World
One More Leaf -- Vegan/vegetarian sampler dinner
FODFest -- www.fodfest.org
Carbon-Neutral High Holy Days
Jewish Climate Change Campaign Pledge Baltimore's Interfaith Hospitality Network
High Holy Days MAZON (A Jewish Response to Hunger)
Clean Green for Pesach
Social Justice Film Nights
BJEN's Green Chanukkah campaign
Omer Study and Action Initiative