Hi, From the Caring and Sharing Committee
To All Temple Beth El Members,
Please let Barbara Jaffe (email@example.com) or Bo Lieberman (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if there is an illness/hospitalization/life cycle event you would like acknowledged by Temple Beth El. Thank you very much, Barbara and Bo
Social Action Committee News
Calling All Members (literally)
We are in the process of calling all members to develop a database of members’ skills and talents. We want to know what you like to do, what your skills are, and whether there are activities in the temple that might not only interest you but make your life as a temple member a richer experience and keep our Temple family strong through mitzvot.
Your skills are very valuable. Part of the Reform Jewish Mission is TikkunOlam, repairing the world. Part of that world is our Temple and the families who make up its membership.
So please, when a member of the Social Action Committee calls you, welcome their questions. We need only a few minutes of your time for this important project.
In addition, the answers you give may be able to help a temple member who is struggling. We know these are tough times for many, including members of our congregation. Another article in this newsletter talks about the Mitzvah Bank we are seeking to develop. Please read it carefully. It may help guide you when you answer our call. You may have skills and talents that may benefit someone else.
TBE MITZVAH BANK
Times are tough. Many families in our immediate community are struggling to meet basic monthly obligations while many of us have much more than we really need. The TBE Mitzvah Bank was created to provide those in need with a wide variety of goods and services while preserving the dignity of the receiver. The goal is to establish a bank which will be available to all congregants as well as to increase anonymous tzedakah and activism within the congregation.
Please consider depositing gift cards, cash or any skills or services you have for someone in need to withdraw. Some examples are grocery gift cards, cards for children’s school clothing and supplies, gasoline gift cards, cash cards, meal preparation, minor home repair and maintenance, auto repair, medical and legal services, Rabbi Akiva taught us to “love our fellow man as yourself”. Love is an action verb. By taking action and donating your surplus goods and services you actually become the recipient. By easing the financial burden of a stressed family you have the joy of bringing more meaning into your life and the pleasure of knowing your love for another made a difference for a family in our Temple community.
To make a deposit or if you are in need of a withdrawal from the TBE Mitzvah Bank, please call or email Rabbi Barras for a confidential exchange.
Social Action Committee