Tikkun Olam at Temple Beth Am

Connecting our congregation to social action opportunities


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Tikkun Olam in Tanzania

Dear Friends,

There are a lot of places to do Tikkun Olam in the world, including of course here.  We practice Tikkun Olam both here in our community, and also as many of you know in different parts of the world – most recently East Africa.

In 2013, we are going to volunteer in Tanzania to work in Massai villages in the north, around Arusha.  One of the projects that we want to do is teach children photography.  And so, we asking you, our friends to consider donating your used digital camera that we can bring along with us.  Photography is a very good way to help children communicate and bring out their creativity.  We have seen many examples of this around the world during our volunteering experiences.

If you don’t have a small digital camera to donate, you can make a small contribution which we will use to buy cameras.

We also want to bring some laptops with us for the NGO we will be working with – RISE Africa.  So please consider that also.  By the way, RISE is registered as a US 501 c 3, so any contributions, either in kind or cash are tax deductible.

Please consider helping.

Many thanks!

Peter and Hinda Schnurman

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Charitable Deductions and Medicaid Key to Fiscal Cliff

Congress is in the middle of a “lame duck” session as Members (including those who were defeated or did not seek re-election) attempt to prevent our economy from going over the “fiscal cliff.” This session will probably conclude before the Christmas holiday. The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) recognizes the significant economic challenges facing our country and the immense pressure to reduce the deficit and our national debt. Deficit reduction is necessary, but it must be carefully calibrated so that the most at risk among us are protected while our collective national interests are preserved.

If a deal is not reached during this “lame duck” session, discretionary cuts will take effect as of January 1, 2013. This will affect large portions of the health and human service safety net, Medicare payments will be reduced and families struggling to get ahead will face higher taxes.

Tell your members of Congress that we support a balanced approach, which reflects three essential goals: that Medicaid is not turned into a block grant; that the charitable deduction is preserved; and that proportional reductions are made in discretionary spending for defense and domestic sectors.

Washington State Jewish Action Center
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
2031 Third Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
www.JewishInSeattle.org/GovernmentAffairs


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Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day on February 11th

Information from Washington Low Income Housing Alliance -http://www.wliha.org 

Registration is Now Open!

Please join hundreds of your fellow advocates from all corners of the state for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day 2013 on Monday, February 11.

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day (HHAD) is an opportunity for you to show our elected officials the strength of this statewide movement. It demonstrates the collective power of our community and brings a unified message of support for affordable housing and ending homelessness to Olympia!

Last year your advocacy helped us to accomplish everything we set out for, including the passage of Part I of the Fair Tenant Screening Act, a healthy investment in the Housing Trust Fund, the preservation of the Housing and Essential Needs Program and much more. This session brings another budget deficit and a tough political environment, so we must again stand strong for our priorities. We’ll need to join together to make a united call for the elimination of barriers to housing, a new investment in the Housing Trust Fund and a continued push for new revenue to protect safety-net services from further cuts.

This year’s theme is “2-11: Hear the Call for Housing and an End to Homelessness.” Our advocacy day will help connect powerful advocates to elected officials in order to make the call to increase access to affordable housing and services and programs that prevent and end homelessness. This year’s theme was chosen in recognition that our date (2-11) is the same phone number (2-1-1) that struggling individuals and families call when trying to get connected to critical resources.  This year lets all come out to Olympia and make the call together to ensure our message is heard loud and strong!

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day
Monday February 11, 2013
“2-11: Hear the Call for Housing and an End to Homelessness

8am – 3pm
United Churches
110 Eleventh Ave SE,
Olympia, WA

Register today and reserve your spot!

Thanks to the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle/King County for helping to provide free lunches for all registered HHAD advocates.

Prepare for HHAD
You can also now register to reserve your spot for a web-based pre-HHAD training on either Thursday, January 31 at 11am or Tuesday, February 5 at 11am. These web-based advocacy trainings will help to prepare you for HHAD and for meeting your elected officials. Space is limited, so please register in advance.  Interested in hosting a training at your organization? Contact Kevin at the Housing Alliance. Below is a preview of what the day will look like, but please stay tuned for more details on the guest speakers and workshops.

 

 

 

Tentative Agenda

8:00am – 9:00
Check-in and grab a coffee and light breakfast at United Churches located at 110 Eleventh Ave SE, Olympia

9:00-9:45

Get fired-up to advocate and hear an explanation of the 2013 Legislative Agenda.

 

 

9:45-11:15
Learn more about your powers of persuasion with our advocacy workshops.

 

 

11:30- 2:30
The afternoon program will offer you several opportunities including lunch with advocates from your legislative district, a meeting with your elected official, and even a rally on the steps of the capitol building.

 

 

2:30 – 3:00pm
Before you head home, join us back at United Churches for a debrief session.

 

 

Volunteer for HHAD
It takes support from across the affordable housing and homelessness community to make HHAD happen every year. We have a range of ways you can get involved as a volunteer for that day and in the days leading up to it. It you are interested contact Alouise at The Housing Alliance.

Thank you for registering today!

Kevin Solarte, Mobilization and Outreach Associate

 

 

 

 


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Green Interfaith event on December 8 in Redmond

What on Earth are we to do?
Green Interfaith: An Islamic Perspective on Caring for Creation

There will be opportunity to learn about and discuss:

  • Causes and effects of global warning
  • The Qur’an, the Earth, and us
  • Meeting this challenge together

The event details are as follow–

When:  Saturday, December 8th, 2012
1:30PM – 4:00PM
Where: At MAPS 17550 NE 67th CT, Redmond WA 98052

MAPS community  invites all to  join them and continue exploring together what we can do to meet this world challenge.

Entry is free, everyone is welcome.

To register  go to http://tinyurl.com/MAPS-Earth-Meeting; for more information email outreach@MAPSREDMOND.com.


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Tikkun Olam in Action – Temple Beth Am Mitzvah Day 2012

On Sunday, May 6th, 400+ Temple Beth Am Religious School students, 50+ parents and 30+ teachers could be found hard at work on multiple mitzvah projects to serve our community. The positive energy in the classrooms was palpable and smiles were everywhere. This year, nine different grade levels from PreKindergarten (our 4 year olds) all the way up to our 7th graders learned about the many critical needs throughout our community.  Each grade level found a special way to impact those in need.

Some of the highlights of the day were: 

–         PreK children helped to make catnip toys for newly adopted kitty cats at the Seattle Animal Shelter.
–         Kindergarteners created colorful collages of happy faces which were then turned into laminated placemats for residents of Providence Elderplace.
–         Our joyful, energetic 1st grade students visited Ida Culver House and entertained the residents with songs, storybook reading, and colorful drawings.
–         The staff at Treehouse, http://www.treehouseforkids.org/ an organization that serves the needs of foster children, requested kid-created stationary.  Our 2nd graders did a fabulous job producing the requested stationary.
–         Our industrious 3rd grade students prepared a meal for homeless teens.  An excellent speaker from Teenfeed  www.teenfeed.org  helped the students understand the causes of teen homelessness.
–         Mary’s Place, http://marysplaceseattle.org/ a community center serving homeless women and their children, was the recipient of more than 100 personal hygiene kits. These kits were lovingly assembled by our 4th graders and an encouraging note was added to each kit.
–         The 5th grade students tackled the problem of hungry families. Our students converted bulk dry goods (rice, beans, sugar and rolled oats) into family-sized portions.  They also provided useful recipes for the food.
–         The Downtown Emergency Services Center http://www.desc.org/needed artwork to make apartments seem more welcoming and home-like for residents moving away from homelessness.  Our 6th graders eagerly shared their creative skills making the needed wall hangings.
–         The 7th grade students and parents tackled environmental restoration work at the Beaver Pond Natural Area under the supervision of EarthCorps http://earthcorps.org/. It was a great day to be outside repairing the world.

We would like to express a huge thank you to all who participated, all of the TBA rabbis and administrators who supported our efforts, the custodial staff who took care of many needed room modifications, and congregants who gave time and donations.  

Sandy Cobel and Peter Gruenbaum, 2012 Mitzvah Day Co-Chairs