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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

Hanukkah Toy Drive

Social Action is partnering with Jewish Family Services of Broward County to provide Chanukah gifts for the families whose needs they serve.  Please bring a new, unwrapped toy/gift (for boy/girl/gender neutral, any age), and place it in the box in the temple lobby.  The ABSOLUTE DEADLINE for donation is 23 November 2021 (Chanukah is very early this year).

 

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

 

*Bingo at BARC (off site):  Simeon Gottlieb is the captain for this activity.  We usually meet in the parking lot at 9:45 and run Bingo from 10 am to 12 noon.  There is a limit as to how many people can participate. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  You must bring your driver’s license with you, and you may not bring cellphones or purses into the facility. 

 

*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 ABSOLUTE 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): See below.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

 

*Packaging toiletries (on site):  We are organizing a toiletry collection drive; there is a box in the temple lobby for donations.  On Mitzvah Day, we 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, both sides, from NW 18th Street to Atlantic Blvd). Our next clean-up event is scheduled for 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 from NW 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).

Little Free Pantry

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

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

The concept of the pantry is that at any time, anybody can donate non-perishable items (food, personal care products, paper goods, school tools, 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; this can easily be done 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 cabinet.

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 1 2021 27 Kislev 5782