Tikkun Olam at Temple Beth Am

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Opportunities to Attend Candidate Forums

 

Friends:

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.
Thanks.

Sally Kinney

http://www.housingconsortium.org/programs-events/2012-legislative-candidate-forums-2/

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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

 

 

Audra

Membership and Fundraising Coordinator

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness

77 S. Washington St.

Seattle WA 98104

(206) 357-3144

audra@homelessinfo.org

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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.

 


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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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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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3/18 – TBA Tikkun Olam Teach-In: Homelessness and Economic Injustice

Exploring the Issues of Homelessness and Economic Injustice?  Still Have Questions? Frustrated by How to React as an Individual and as a Community?

Please join us on March 18th at the TempleBeth Am Tikkun Olam Teach-In:  Homelessness and Economic Injustice as we wrestle with these and other questions:

What do you think a caring community should know about homelessness?

Is this a community problem or someone else’s misfortune?

What can I do to help?

What can we do as a community to help?

By allowing tent cities, as an example, are we not addressing the problem? Or are we perpetuating a problem?

How does homelessness affect different populations such as adults, families, youth, chronically ill, mentally ill, chronic substance abusers?

The politics ­ Is this an issue for the city?  county? state? 

Schedule and Registration Info at:  http://templebetham.wufoo.com/forms/tikkun-olam-teachin/