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Social Action

Volunteering of one's time and expertise is not only a recognized Jewish value, but one that is highly prized in our Temple community.  The concept of Tikun Olam (repairing the world) reflects the Jewish values of Justice (tzedek), Compassion (chesed) and Peace (shalom), and has come to symbolize the quest for social justice, freedom, equality, peace, and the restoration of the environment.  It calls us to repair the world through social action and thoughtful interaction with the world and the people around us.  Tikun Olam recognizes that each act of kindness, no matter how small, helps build a better world.

Opportunities for Tikun Olam are numerous and diverse.  Our members are encouraged to lend their hearts, souls, and minds to the needs in our community that most interest and inspire them.  Beyond the immense satisfaction of assisting in organizing a program or helping an individual, volunteering is the ideal way to meet other members of our Temple Beth Am community.  Some of the opportunities focus on internal (temple) programs and functions, while others focus on the community at large.  Newcomers to South Florida or just to Beth Am will have an opportunity to meet people with common goals and values.  The best way to get involved is to SIGN UP, and contact one of the chairpersons to discover available opportunities for involvement. 

For any questions, Please Contact Sapir Roth 954-257-5275 or Steve Iskowitz 954-240-8627. 

HELP US REPAIR THE WORLD! 

CLICK HERE for application

Mitzvah Day

 

 

Mitzvah Day this year will be on Sunday 26 December 2021. We have off-site and on-site activities planned; see details below. If you join one of the on-site activities, please consider bringing a little something to donate to the Little Free Pantry.” 

 

ALL ACTIVITIES REQUIRE PRIOR REGISTRATION and/or APPLICATION.  PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO ANY DEADLINES.

 

 

*DONATE BLOOD (on-site):  We will have the Big Red Bus on site for anyone who chooses to donate blood.  You MUST REGISTER with the organization as appointments are preferred.  Register online at https://www.oneblood.org/donate-now or click here.  USE SPONSOR CODE #2043 (so they know you will be at TBA).  You can also CALL 1-888-9-DONATE.

Score a $10 e-gift card, PLUS a FREE gorgeous One Blood blanket, once your blood donation is completed.  Bonus:  You get a mini wellness checkup that includes blood pressure, temp, pulse, iron count and cholesterol screening!  Woohoo!  Don’t delay:  Register today!

*Meals-on-Wheels deliveries (off site) The final details are being worked out, but we anticipate that the gift boxes will be available for pickup at the temple, and anyone who is going to deliver will pick up the box(es) there.  You can deliver them any time during the day, so if you go to BARC or do the street clean-up (or sleep in!) in the morning, you can still deliver for Meals-on-Wheels in the afternoon.  THERE IS A SIMPLE ONLINE APPLICATION TO FILL OUT, as well as hard-copy papers that need to be printed, filled out, scanned, and emailed back. Click Here for the online application. We will have hard copies available at the temple, and if you need help, we will provide it.  THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ALL THE PAPERWORK IS 12/10/2021. Once you submit their paperwork, YOU MUST STILL REGISTER HERE.

 

*Street Clean-up (off site) For details see below.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

 

*Packaging toiletries (on site)  There is a box in the temple lobby for donations.  On Mitzvah Day, we will need people to package the toiletries in individual bags, so that they can be disbursed by JFS Broward as part of their RAK-PAK program.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

 

*Repairing Books (on site) While our siddurim are new, some of our Chumashim are in need of repair.  For anyone interested in participating, REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

 

 

ADOPT-A-STREET

As part of our Social Action program, we have partnered with the City of Margate to host street clean-up events at least twice a year, and in exchange for this, the city has posted signs at the north and south ends of our designated route (Rock Island Road, from NW 18th Street to Atlantic Blvd). Our next clean-up event is scheduled on Mitzvah Day (12/26).  The tentative start time is 10 AM, subject to change.

Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome. REGISTRATION REQUIRED; DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS 12/17. Please see the FAQ section below as it answers some common questions. 

 

FAQs:

Q:  Who is in charge of this project?

A:  Heidi Carmel is the designated leader for this project and has completed all the prerequisite training.

Q:  Where will the event(s) take place?

A:  TBA has been assigned to collect trash along the 1-mile section of sidewalk on Rock Island from NW 18th Street south to Atlantic Boulevard.  We have agreed to collect trash on BOTH SIDES of Rock Island Road to help keep our city clean.  Participants should be physically able to walk 2 MILES (one mile up and one mile back), carrying a bag of trash.  Participants must stay together and walk AGAINST TRAFFIC.  Collected trash will be left at a designated area. 

Q:  How long will it take?

A:  Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours, depending on how many people participate.

Q:  Can we just show up or do we need to sign up (register) to participate? 

A:  The City requires a week’s notice of our intent to hold a cleanup event.  We will need people to SIGN UP (register) on the Temple website so we know how many participants we can expect.  Please note that participants must be over the age of 12.

Q: Where will we get the trash bags?

A: The City provides trash bags, gloves, and vests for all participants.  Participants are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing, protect themselves from the sun (bring hats and sunglasses, use sunscreen), and bring their own water to keep adequately hydrated. YOU MUST WEAR CLOSED-TOE SHOES.

Q:  Do we need to pick up trash in the gutters/street?

A:  NO! We are NOT to go into the street (i.e., where the traffic is).  We are also discouraged from picking up anything that seems dangerous (Your Project Leader will go over all this prior to the start of the event).

Q:  I am diabetic/have heart problems/use a walker/get sunburned (etc).  Can I participate?

A:  People who may be prone/susceptible to dehydration, low blood sugar, fainting, dizziness, migraines, shortness of breath, heat rashes, and/or any other medical problems, should not participate, and the Project Leader reserves the right to refuse participants. All participants must sign a release/waiver (on site, prior to participating), holding the City of Margate free of liability.

Q:  What if I can only come for an hour?  What if I can’t walk the whole way?

A:  We hope people will come for the whole event, but this is a voluntary event and you do not have to complete the whole thing.  If you can’t complete the entire distance, or you can’t stay the whole time, you can participate for as long as you can, and leave when needed.  We encourage people to complete the full event to make this the best cleanup possible.

Q:  How will I know when a cleanup is scheduled?

A: Cleanup events will be announced the usual ways: The Weekly What’s Happening, email, website, Shabbat bulletin, Shabbat announcements.  Stay tuned!

Q:  I still have some questions.  Whom can I call? 

A:  Please call the Temple office (954.968.4545), Steve Iskowitz (954.240.8627), Sapir Roth (954.257.5275) or Heidi Carmel (954.260.5305).

Little Free Pantry

Social Action program has partnered with B’nai Torah Synagogue in Boca for this program.

The pantry is a brightly painted wooden cabinet with a clear door mounted on a post at the southwest end of the temple parking lot near the bus stop on Royal Palm Blvd.

The success of the pantry includes community participation.  The concept is that at any time, anybody can donate non-perishable items (food, personal care products, paper goods, school tools, etc).  In turn, anybody in the community who needs these items can come and take them. 

If you would like to donate but are unable to physically come to the pantry you can still donate using the Amazon wish list: 

https://bit.ly/TBALittlePantryDonation

The items will be delivered from Amazon directly to the temple, and they will be placed in the Pantry.

While the pantry is on Beth Am’s property, this is really a community project.  We have facilitated a way for neighbors to help neighbors.

Do a mitzvah! Support Social Action!   

For any questions, please contact Contact Sapir Roth 954-257-5275, Steve Iskowitz 954-240-8627 or Maxine Szmulewitz at  maxinepaula@gmail.com.

REPORTTHATPANTRY.ORG - see the status of the pantry (full, half-full, empty).

 

 

Reverse Tashlich

Reverse Tashlich: On Rosh Hashanah, the traditional Tashlich service has us throwing bread into a body of water, symbolizing the casting away of our sins. Unfortunately, bread isn’t the only thing people throw around. A new tradition called REVERSE TASHLICH, which takes place on the Sunday between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, aims to remove trash people have thrown on our beaches. Our first beach cleanup event occurred on 12 September 2021 by the pier at Deerfield Beach and was a great success. Check out the YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/UfABf_yVJN0.

Go to RepairTheSea.org for more information on their work; check back here to join our TBA cleanup team next time! For questions, please contact Ashley Taepakdee at ataepakdee@gmail.com.

 

Wed, December 8 2021 4 Tevet 5782