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H2R Simchat Sukkot Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, 7:30 PM

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Mark McDermott to speak about about living wages and economic justice at TBA

On Wednesday, October 2, Mark McDermott will contribute to our forum on living wages and economic justice at TBA.

Mark is a lifelong activist working for economic, social and racial justice and peace. He has been an active member of the Machinists, Washington State Federation of State Employees, and Steelworkers Unions.  He has served as Assistant Director at the Department of Labor and Industries, Senior Labor Policy Advisor for Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, Policy Analyst on the State Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee, and Chief Deputy Insurance Commissioner.  He retired in 2010 after serving as U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’ Regional Representative.

In his private life, Mark has served in Washington State on the boards of the Statewide Poverty Action Network, One America, Washington State Living Wage Movement, Seattle Worker Center, Washington Association of Churches, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action and the Program Committee of the statewide Faith Action Network.


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Rabbi for Human Rights in Seattle March 8-10

Rabbi Arik Ascherman will be visiting Seattle this weekend to spread the message about the organization that he co-founded in Israel,  Rabbi for Human Rights.  Rabbi Ascherman has visited Temple Beth Am a number of times over the past 15 years.  The NW Committee to Welcome Rabbi Arik invites you to a Fund Raiser Luncheon on March 8th, noon to 1:30 at Suite 6100 at the Columbia Tower.  Rabbi Ascherman will update about the work of RHR to support human rights of Israelis and Palestinians in Israel. There will be time for questions.  Contact Tom Buchanan if you are interested in attending at clrtom@earthlink.net.

Rabbi Ascherman will also speak at Rock the Shabbat service at Temple DeHirsch Sinai, 6pm, March 8 and will be co-leading Torah Study with Rabbi Jonathan at 9:15 AM at Temple Beth Am on Saturday, March 9.

Rabbi Arik  has always been a voice with feet on the ground, encompassing many camps whether it be  Israeli/Palestinian, Bedouin/Druze, Israelis in need of homes.  His presentations are always hopeful and  inspiring.


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Spirit of Purim – Mishlach Manot

by guest blogger Margo MacvVicar-Whelan

H2RGirlWebSiteThe spirit of Purim includes mishlach manot. If you, yes – you, will remember that sharing with others is central to this happy holiday, then the H2R Purim Voucher fund raising drive will be a great success. Make merry and as you do so please contribute either during the festivities or to the Temple Beth Am office or online Purim to Pesach initiative;. Hag sameach from the H2R  Committee!

Homeless to Renter (H2R)

Families fall into homelessness for many different reasons: loss of a job, huge medical bills, divorce, domestic violence, foreclosure — any one disaster can mean the loss of a home. When that happens, the first step for a family is to find temporary shelter and other supports to keep the family together and stabilize the children. Then comes the second and most difficult step: getting out of homelessness.

Here is how H2R helps familes:

  • Families are referred to Jewish Family Service (JFS) by one of more than 25 agencies, some of which provide long-term case management;
  • JFS identifies a family ready to rent their own apartment;
  • The family then locates an apartment they can afford;
  • H2R funds move-in costs;
  • H2R also provides household supplies, special afghans made by our Knitzvah Knitters, and, if necessary, helps the family with the costs of apartment supplies.

Donate online now with our Purim to Pesach initiative; your tax-deductible contribution will help continue Homeless to Renter, which has been helping the Greater Seattle community since 2004.