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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. 

HELP US REPAIR THE WORLD! 

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Little Free Pantry

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

The pantry is a 2-shelf cabinet made of wood, with a lucite door that will be set on Temple property.  We are currently in the process of painting it.  When it's ready, it will be fixed in its location at the southwest corner of the temple parking lot just west of the bus stop on Royal Palm Boulevard.  The door will face the parking lot.

The concept of the pantry is that at any time, anybody can donate non-perishable items (food, personal care products, paper goods, etc), and anybody in the community who needs these items can come and take them.  With the magic of technology, people who are unable to physically come to the pantry (locals or out-of-towners) can still donate; we will explain how this can easily be done using Amazon.  The items are delivered from Amazon directly to the temple, and they will be placed in the cabinet.

We will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially kick off the Little Free Pantry on Sunday, 1 August 2021, at 11 AM.  Please stop by and bring something to help start the Pantry!

While the pantry will be on Beth Am’s property, this is really a community project.  We are creating a way for neighbors to help neighbors.  Join in the fun and do a mitzvah!  Support Social Action!   More details will be made available as we get closer to the event.

For any questions, call the Temple (954.968.4545), Steve Iskowitz (954.240.8627) or Sapir Roth (954.257.5275).

ADOPT-A-STREET

As part of our Social Action program, we have partnered with the City of Margate to host street cleanup events at least twice a year.  In exchange for performing this service, the City will post a sign at each end of our assigned cleanup area, designating Temple Beth Am as the organization responsible for that area.  

Our next street cleanup event is scheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2021 from 8:30-10:30 am. 

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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 from SW 18th Street and Rock Island Road (the first traffic light south of the Temple) south to Atlantic Boulevard.  What this translates to, and per the City’s rules, is that we have agreed to collect trash on BOTH SIDES of Rock Island Road.  All 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; therefore, we would start at the north end of this 1-mile section, on the EAST SIDE of Rock Island Road, collect trash as we head south, leave the bags at the south end, cross over to the WEST SIDE of Rock Island Road, collect trash as we head north, and leave those bags at the north end. 

Q:  How long will it take?

A:  We anticipate spending 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:  Because we must give the City 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 that we know how many participants we can expect.  We estimate that 6-10 people is a sufficient number of participants. 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:  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).

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