Tikkun Olam at Temple Beth Am

Connecting our congregation to social action opportunities

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Our 4th Graders Need Help for Mitzvah Day!

Help Make Mitzvah Day a Success

We need help from the congregation. Could TBA members please go through their bathroom cupboards to find and donate:

  • mini-size toothpaste tubes (new)
  • toothbrushes (new)
  • new dental floss (new)
  • combs (new)
  • mini-sized shampoo bottles (hotel size)
  • mini-sized conditioner bottles (hotel size)
  • mini-sized body lotions (hotel size)
  • mini-sized mouthwash (hotel size)
  • washcloths (gently used – one that you no longer use because it doesn’t match or is a little worn out)

A few phone calls to our family dentists will result in donations of toothbrushes, dental floss and mini-sized toothpastes. Are there any Beth Am members who are dentists? Also, people often come home from a dental hygiene appointment with a new toothbrush, etc. , but they use a Sonicare at home, so the new one just goes into the cupboard.

Many families bring home mini-sized toiletries from their hotel stays (shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash and hand cream). Perhaps, there is a Beth Am member who owns a hotel? Also, women who sell MaryKay, Arbonne or Avon often have samples they are willing to donate. Know anyone in that line of business?

Most families have a wash cloth or two that they no longer use because it doesn’t match or is a little worn out. That would be perfect, because none of the ones we want need to match.

If you have any of these items that you would like to donate to Mitzvah Day, please contact:

Kate Gebler kdngebler@comcast.net or Terri Buysse motheringvoice@yahoo.com

Or items can be dropped off in the Religious School Office in a bag marked “4th Grade Mitzvah Day Project”

Many thanks your support of Mitzvah Day!

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Call for Volunteers: Temple Beth Am Mitzvah Day—Sunday, May 6th


 Temple Beth Am Mitzvah Day
Sunday, May 6th

 Sign up to Volunteer Today!

The Mitzvah Day Team is lining up another dynamic round of wonderful service projects for TBA Religious School kids (preK-7th).

Join your children and grandchildren in a fun and meaningful way by assisting religious school teachers and Mitzvah Day Grade Coordinators on May 6th. 

Perform a Mitzvah—and be a Mensch—by helping out on Mitzvah Day!

Please contact Mitzvah Day Coordinator, Sandy Cobel at srcobel@comcast.net to be put in touch with your Mitzvah Day grade coordinator.

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Your H2R Dollars at Work

Our H2R partner, Jewish Family Service, passed on this note of appreciation from a family that H2R helped move out of a shelter and into a home.

“I just had a few words of appreciation. Your services are wonderful. Your services helped me when I needed it the most. I received rental assistance in one of my darkest hours. I was homeless in Seattle with children.  God Bless you for having people that care about other people. I am not Jewish, but African American and I was treated like a sister. She was professional but giving. She made me feel that we all need help sometimes and don’t be afraid to ask. Thank you JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES for the help when I needed it the most. May GOD BLESS your people and program with abundance. SINCERELY YOURS … THANK YOU!!!!!  OH! I forgot to mention what she helped me with.  I am in my own place now.”

These are your H2R dollars at work.

Please give generously during the Purim to Passover H2R Voucher Drive

The TBA H2R program helps bring dignity and self-sufficiency to homeless families enabling them to move into permanent homes.  Your tzedakah is a Purim mitzvah keeping with the Purim tradition of matanot l’evyonim, ‘gifts for the needy’. To give online, please go to http://templebe.ejoinme.org/h2r.

For more information about H2R and the H2R Committee. contact Sue Covey, susancovey@comcast.net.

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Matanot L’evyonim for Purim

Homeless To RenterPerform the Mitzvah of Matanot L’evyonim (gifts to those in need) on
Purim by donating to homeless families through our H2R (Homeless to Renter) vouchers. Make a donation online or download a copy of our voucher here and mail it in. Information can also be found in the March Temple Beth Am bulletin.

Your support provides funds needed to help homeless families move to permanent housing. All donations are tax-deductible.


3/18 Temple Beth Am Tikkun Olam Teach-In: Homelessness and Economic Injustice

We hope you can join us on March 18th for the Temple Beth Am Tikkun Olam Teach-In:  Homelessness and Economic Injustice.  To register for the lunch and/or Advocacy 101 with Nancy Amidei please go to:


Learn and share what we can do as individuals and as a community to respond to homelessness and economic injustice.

Sunday Morning Forum: The History and Landscape of Homelessness in Washington
10:00 – 11:30 AM
Laurie Lippold, Moderator; Alison Eisinger, Executive Director, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness; Megan Gibbard, Executive Director, Teen Feed; Bill Block, King County Committee to End Homelessness; and Youth Speaker, the Mockingbird Society

Luncheon and Discussion: Advocacy as Part of the Jewish Directive to Engage in Tikkun Olam
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Led by Rabbi Beth Singer, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth Am
Pre-order lunch using this form for $8. A limited number of lunches will be available the day of for $10.

Training: Homeless Advocacy 101
1:00 – 3:00 PM
You are guaranteed to leave this training inspired and with tools to impact your legislators and government leaders. Led by Nancy Amidei, Civic Engagement Project, University of Washington

Tikkun Olam Information Fair
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
An opportunity to learn about our community partners, Temple Beth Am Tikkun Olam committees and programs, volunteer opportunities and advocacy efforts.

You are welcome to come to all or part of the Teach-In. Sign up for Lunch and Advocacy 101 is required. Sponsored by: Temple Beth Am Tikkun Olam Committee. Email rsimon28@comcast.net with any questions.


Leaping Lizards! It has been an AMAZING leap-week!

From our friends at SKCCH, the Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness.

February 29 2012
Dear SKCCH Members and Friends:
Leaping Lizards!  It has been an AMAZING leap-week!
Last Wednesday our Advocates in Olympia Day brought 100 passionate people together to deliver key housing and  homelessness advocacy messages and hundreds of bright yellow postcards to the offices of every legislator in King, Pierce, Kitsap, and Thurston counties.  Huge thanks go to our partners in this adventure: Catholic Community Services, FAITH, the Housing Alliance, and the wonderful folks who showed up and spoke up and made it happen. Our two youngest advocates, Denny and Nat, stole the show, as you can see!
To read more, click here.

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The One Night Count has just started….

A message from Alison Eisinger of the Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness


Beginning at 8.00 a.m. this morning, folks who work at more than 30 programs serving homeless families will begin tallying phone calls for 24 hours, keeping track of all of the people whom they have to turn away, because local shelters are already full.  Through last year’s Family Turn Away Survey, we were able to show that at least 253 children and 177 of their adult family members — that’s 141 households — tried unsuccessfully to find shelter in a single day and night. That is an unduplicated  count, and an eye-opening glimpse of  the unmet  need in our community. Continue reading