Social Action Chevra & Tikkun Olam Chevra

Simon the Righteous was one of the last of The Great Assembly. His motto was “The world stands on three things – the Torah, the Temple (service), and loving acts of kindness.”

This statement reflects the focus of the Tikkun Olam and Social Action initiatives at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue. We strive to put the values of the Torah into action by performing loving acts of kindness. Won’t you join us? Together, we will plan tikkun olam (repairing the world) projects for our synagogue community. For information and to volunteer, contact the BAS office at betamshalom@betamshalom.org or 914-946-8851.

Social Action Chevra Projects

Our members give their time, effort, dedication and support for the various projects organized by the Social Action chevra. Join us for a day or the season, for one project or all of them.

Contact Rochelle Leiber-Miller for more information about Social Action.

Here is a sampling of our BAS programs:

  • Corners of Our Fields Food Drive led by Mazon Help support the Food Bank for Westchester. Please pick up brown bags when leaving Rosh Hashanah services and return them filled with non-perishable items during the week of Sukkot to the BAS front lobby.
     
  • Midnight Run
    Three ways to help: 1) Donate food items, seasonal clothing, blankets, and personal care items. 2) Prepare food, clothing and supplies the night of the Run. 3) Go on the Run: Travel in a caravan to Manhattan and bring food, clothing, conversation, and kindness to people living on the street. BAS goes on Runs four times a year.

    Open Arms Shelter  (2x/month)

  • Prepare dessert and vegetables for the residents of this White Plains shelter. More info
     
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners
    We provide a full holiday meal for the men of the Vaughn Glanton Shelter in Mount Vernon. Volunteers needed to cook individual elements of the dinners and deliver them to the Bet Am Shalom parking lot on the morning of the holiday. A van will pick up the food for delivery to the Shelter. More info
     
  • Social Action Concert  
    A fun, musical evening. Volunteers needed for all types of jobs. Past concerts have raised funds for Midnight Run, Children’s Center for Learning and Project Morry.
     
  • Ecumenical Food Pantry - ongoing
    We provide ongoing donations to this food pantry located at the Slater House in White Plains. Please bring non-perishable foods with you (only kosher please) when you come to Bet Am Shalom and place them in our donation basket, which is located in the entranceway of the building.

Westchester social action opportunities

Tikkun Olam Chevra Projects

MISSION: Engage the Bet Am Shalom community in education, advocacy and service on issues related to immigration.

Contact Laura Solomon for more information about Tikkun Olam.

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT INITIATIVE

Bet Am Shalom is partnering with Woodlands Community Temple, under the guidance of HIAS, to resettle a refugee family.
The volunteers completed their training, the CORE volunteer team has been vetted and we are waiting to be assigned a family to co-host.  Co-chairing this effort is Laura Solomon, Susan Van Doren & Robert Reitter from Bet Am Shalom and Marge Glusker and Dan Emery from Woodlands.
We look forward to working together to "welcome the stranger."

How can you help? Until those refugees arrive, we can do something to help our current immigrant population right away. El Centro Hispano, which is the organization that has worked with us ever since our Tikkun Olam group committed itself to the refugee cause, provides crucial legal aid to immigrants under the auspices of Hudson Valley Legal Services. The cost of a lawyer with expertise in this area of law (and fluency in Spanish) is $80 per hour. El Centro Hispano's funds for this effort are running dry.  Each of us who donates $40 buys a half-hour of legal advice for an immigrant individual or family. That half-hour session could make the difference between hope and despair for someone who wants to become (or continue to be) a contributing member of American society. Donate here.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

EDUCATION
We work closely with our religious school to incorporate immigration into the curriculum through customized lesson plans, activities and outside speakers.

We also sponsor an annual Buffet dinner, Havdalah and speakers on current immigration related issues as well as speakers as part of our Acharei Kiddush series.

ADVOCACY
Our advocacy efforts involve plans to co-host a refugee family in Westchester through HIAS along with other local groups. Once we are assigned a family, there will be many opportunities to volunteer.

SERVICE
Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities which include distributing food and clothing, tutoring/mentoring, being a college coach for high schoolers.

Meals in a Jar Project, January 16, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12noon.
Help prepare 130+ meals for local needy families as part of an interfaith initiative "Feeding our Neighbors."


Green Chevra

Click here to see how our Green Chevra is "repairing the world."
 

updated September 13, 2017

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