Tikkun Olam at Temple Beth Am

Connecting our congregation to social action opportunities

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Share the Feast this Thanksgiving!

Temple Beth Am, along with other community members, provides a monthly supper to the formerly homeless residents of Plymouth Housing Group’s Scargo/Lewiston Apartments. For the last three years, TBA members have come together to share the bounty with our friends at Scargo, many of whom are far away from or no longer in contact with their families. Thanksgiving dinner is served at noon with the help of Scargo staff.

Thanks to everyone who has already responded. Scargo residents are so appreciative of our home cooking! We still need more food and volunteers to serve dinner and clean up from 12-2pm.

Ready to serve food should be dropped off at Scargo Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22, between 10 am and 12 noon.

Food Still Needed: 6 COOKED and sliced Turkeys, 5 pies, 3 dozen rolls, 5 gallons of juice/cider, 5 pans (13X9) mashed potatoes, gravy, 2 pans stuffing, 2 pans green bean side dish, 2 pans sweet potatoes.

Contact Tamara Bailey at tamara@weinbail.com

Learn about Plymouth Housing Group: http://www.plymouthhousing.org

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Upcoming Events/ Volunteer Opportunities

Save the Date!

  • Share the Feast – Scargo Community Thanksgiving – Help provide Thanksgiving Dinner to the residents of Plymouth Housing Scargo/Lewiston Apartments. Volunteers and food needed! Contact tamara@weinbail.com.
  • Family Shelter Returns to Temple Beth Am Dec. 26-Jan.8 Volunteers needed! Sign-up NOW  here  or contact tamara@weinbailcom.
  • Tikkun Olam Forum on November 18 – Listen, share, and learn how to engage in Tikkun Olam as we all work to help the world.
  • Where Do We Go From Here? will bring an interfaith group together to create a plan to take action on protecting the environment.  It is scheduled for Sunday, November 18th from 1-4pm.  Both events will take place at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle 98102. To register email ATD@saintmarks.org or call Ruth at 206-706-9620.

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September 29 — Simchat Sukkhot to Benefit H2R

There’s still time to get your tickets for the annual H2R (Homeless to Renter) benefit. Join us in the sukkah for some light refreshments, and know that you are helping homeless families make the leap to a secure place to live.

There’s more information about the event here, or you can click here to buy your tickets online.

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Opportunities to Attend Candidate Forums



This is a really important election year for the state.  Please take a look at the list of candidate forum locations and consider attending one that’s either close to you geographically or will include the candidates of your district.  This is an excellent opportunity to listen to those running for state legislative office to determine if they actually represent your views on what’s needed for our most needy neighbors.    The forum format has been developed by the Housing Development Consortium, Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness, Building Changes, and the Committee to End Homelessness in King County.

Sally Kinney


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Remembering Those We’ve Lost by Lisa Gustaveson

Posted with permission by the author, Lisa Gustaveson

Almost 18 years ago I lost my mother to cancer. As might be expected, walking with her through the highs and lows of her 7 year battle had a significant impact on my life… impacts I’m sure I’ve yet to discover. When we lose someone we are forever changed – and often the loss brings us closer to each other. Continue reading

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Advocacy 101 Training – June 2nd

  If you were not able to attend Advocacy 101 Training at Temple Beth Am in March – here is another opportunity.  Nancy Amidei is a wonderful teacher!

The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH) and Faithful Action in Transforming Homelessness (FAITH)  present the next:Homelessness Advocacy 101 workshop!

Each spring, as Congress considers important bills and budget proposals, we organize to strengthen the federal government’s commitment to a safe, housed, and healthy United States. In order to house people and prevent and end homelessness, we need MUCH more affordable housing, strong supportive services, and fair and helpful laws. At this workshop, we will discuss the bills and policies being reviewed currently at the federal level and practice the steps that everyone can take to make sure housing and homelessness concerns are prioritized in the national Capitol. 

In just two hours, we take you through “Advocacy 101,” a FUN training with the incomparable pro-democracy cheerleader Nancy Amidei. Together with other local experts and allies, we present the facts about 3-4 important proposals, along with simple actions and sample messages. You will leave informed and inspired with tools for engaging your classmates, fellow congregants, neighbors and others to speak up and make a difference.

Join us Saturday, June 2 from 10am to Noon at the Keystone United Church of Christ.

Please register for this FUN and FREE workshop here at http://homelessinfo.org




Membership and Fundraising Coordinator

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

77 S. Washington St.

Seattle WA 98104

(206) 357-3144



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Intersection: Child Welfare & Housing Systems

Intersection: Child Welfare & Housing Systems.

“You can’t get your kids back  until you have housing, and you can’t get housing until you get your kids back.”  

Seattle University’s Lisa Gustaveson’s recent blog post on how the lack of affordable  and safe housing in Washington is a major cause of the disintegration of families.