Tikkun Olam at Temple Beth Am

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An Invitation to Learn About the Abaudaya Jewish Community of Uganda

Dear Friends,
I am forwarding this invitation to you in the hope that you may want to attend and meet Aaron Kintu Moses.  We have known him for several years and first met him in Uganda in the Abayudaya Jewish Community near Mbale, in Eastern Kenya.  Several years ago we raised some money to help the school build latrines for the students and also purchase a small generator.
While this event may no doubt be of interest to you, and there is no cost, it is a fundraising event.  All of the money that is raised will help the Abaudaya Jewish Community of Uganda.   Indeed Aaron Kintu Moses is a remarkable man and leader of the Abaudaya.
It will be very nice to see you on November 15th.
Thank you!
Peter and Hinda Schnurman

 

You’re Invited!

Please join us in giving a very special welcome to Aaron Kintu Moses, leader of the Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda!

On Thursday, November 15, we’re having an invitation-only gathering at the home of Howard Metzenberg in Seattle to introduce Aaron Kintu Moses, Headmaster of the Abayudaya primary school in Uganda, during his speaking tour around the United States. This is a special opportunity to meet a remarkable man who has helped lead his community through persecution and poverty as they’ve struggled to maintain their Jewish identity in Africa.

Will you attend?

Location: Please RSVP for location

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm

A light vegetarian supper will be served.

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as you can (harriet@kulanu.org). Please also RSVP if you cannot attend.

Howard Metzenberg: metzenberg@gmail.com  cell 360.553.1149

Aaron Kintu Moses will be touring the US from October 18 through November 21 to inform American audiences about the fascinating history and current developments of the inspiring Jews of Uganda. To view the full calendar of events, visit our online calendar. The annual Kulanu-Abayudaya Speaking Tour supports the two Abayudaya schools in Uganda, which educate and feed nearly 800 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children who study and play together in peace. Kulanu, Inc (www.kulanu.org) is a grassroots non-profit that supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world. You can read more about Kulanu’s work with the Abayudaya at www.kulanu.org/abayudaya

We hope you can make it!

Warm regards,

Harriet


Harriet Bograd, President
Kulanu, Inc

165 West End Ave, 3R
New York, NY 10023

212-877-8082
hbograd@gmail.com
kulanu.org kulanuboutique.com
Donate to Kulanu

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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


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Matanot L’evyonim for Purim Returns!

Homeless To RenterBy Temple Member Sue Covey

Sunday I took two of my grandsons to the Purim Carnival.  While they enjoyed the carnival, I was the “rover” for H2R – educating people about H2R and also encouraging people to celebrate the mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim with tzedekah for homeless families with children. My grandsons observed me talking with parents about donating to H2R.  My youngest grandson, Lincoln, a kindergartner, began asking me questions about what I was doing; what is H2R; etc.  As I explained it to him he was most concerned.  He then said, “Well, I want to help the children have a home; can I give some money?”  I answered in the affirmative; and he then pulled out all the money he had in his pocket that he had recently saved – $.39 cents.  Lincoln asked, “How much do you think I should give?”  I responded, “How much would you like to give?”  He asked, “Is $.10 cents okay?”  I welcomed his donation; gave him a smiley face H2R donation sticker and he observed me add his 10 cents into the donation envelope.  All considering, $.10 may seem like a small amount, but for Lincoln this donation was 25% of his saved pocket change.  Just imagine if each person donated 25% of their pocket change to H2R.  Remember – You can make a difference with any donation, no matter the amount.

Donate with PURIM to PESACH H2R VOUCHERS.  To give online, please go to Http://templebe.ejoinme.org/h2r

DONATIONS TO DATE: $2349.10


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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.