Social Action and You

The Social Action Committee and its generous volunteers have been busy serving the community in many ways. Most recently, TBE hosted about 150 guests at our summer barbecue, complete with a beautiful boutique coordinated by Lucy Raskin, and a raffle drawing – fun for all!  Thank you to all of our volunteer servers, drivers, and cooks, and a big special thank you to Peter and Jenny Shore who spearhead this effort each year.

Coming up in September, we will hold our annual High Holy Days food drive for those in need. This year, it will be led by Emily Viesta for her Bat Mitzvah community project. As usual, we will hand out bags for non-perishable food goods on Rosh Hashanah, and collect them on Yom Kippur.

Now is a good time to remind everyone that these and other efforts to help community members in need throughout the year are only possible because of you and caring volunteers like you. The Social Action Committee has a dedicated core group who are very open, welcoming, and in great need of new helpers and leaders.  Please join us!

To make it easy to sign up, we will kick off the Jewish New Year with a Social Action Committee Fair on the first day of Religious School on Sunday, September 23rd at 9:00 a.m.  What better way for you and your family to get involved in tikkun olam and mitzvot? Long-time members and newcomers alike should stop by our tables to learn more about each project: H.I.H.I., Thanksgiving Dinner, the Purim Baby Boutique, and all of our volunteer opportunities. Sue Seiler will have a B’nei Mitzvah table set up for community service projects for students and youth.

You may also be aware that in May, the temple Board approved a motion for TBE to become a short-term respite or “sanctuary congregation” for immigrants who fear imminent deportation. Citing our Jewish values and teachings to “welcome the strangers” among us, temple leaders supported this concept as our moral responsibility.  A task force researched the feasibility for more than a year, and we held two town hall meetings before board approval.  TBE is working with the Huntington Rapid Response Network, Jobs with Justice, other local congregations, and social service agencies in the community that might refer someone to us.  Our guest(s) would stay in the Youth Lounge for up to 3 days while seeking legal help and making decisions with family members from a safe space. Thank you to everyone who helped make this important resource available to the community, and to our team of volunteers who will make it a reality. If you’d like to help, please let us know.

Fortunately, we have outside donors who support our efforts, too. We are happy to announce that Project H.O.P.E., which serves dinner to between 125 and 140 guests each month, was awarded a $5,000 grant by Dentists for a Better Huntington so that we can continue to have these dinners.

How will you make a difference in our community and our world this year?  The Social Action Committee is a great place to start!  Welcome!