Tikkun Olam at Temple Beth Am

Connecting our congregation to social action opportunities


There are many opportunities for involvement in social action. This page lists ongoing programs; watch the blog for announcements about upcoming events, educational forums, and other activities. Have an idea for a new project? Fill out our new project form.

Homeless to Renter H2R
The mission of H2R is to partner with homeless families with children to help them move out of the cycle of homelessness and attain a “key” to secure housing. H2R partners with Jewish Family Service to identify families who can pay rent but can’t save enough for move-in costs. Families find an apartment they can afford, H2R provides move-in money (and a Knitzvah Knitter afghan!), and JFS administers the program. Since H2R began, more than 173 families–including nearly 400 children–have found homes. Contact Ellen Naor.

Lake City Meals for Homeless Individuals
Members of both TBA and Congregation Beth Shalom work together to provide hot meals to homeless individuals on the third Sunday of each month. We meet at the Lake City St. George’s Episcopal Church (2212 NE 125th, around back). To volunteer, contact Jo Merrick .

Mary’s Place
Faith-based institutions throughout Seattle work together to provide dinner, overnight shelter, and breakfast to groups of homeless women and children, who are our guests for 10-14 days each quarter throughout the year. To learn more, contact Sheila Kasprzyk at 206-522-3355 or Tamara Bailey at 206-724-2302.

Scargo Community Supper
Support the community at Plymouth Housing’s Scargo Apartments, which provides housing for chronically homeless adults, by serving supper the last Thursday of the month. Help us by cooking, serving, or hosting a community cooking session, or by making donations of food or funds. Contact Tamara Bailey, and learn more at Plymouth Housing.

Teen Feed
On the first Thursday of every month we cook and serve a hot, nutritious dinner to homeless youth, ages 13-25, in the University District. Donations of food are also needed if you cannot join us at the meal site. All ages are welcome to join the team, but youth under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Go to the Teen Feed website for more info. To sign up to join the meal team, contact Megan Aukema.

YouthCare Orion Center
TBA members provide dinner to about 40 homeless and in-crisis youth on the last Wednesday of the month at the YouthCare Orion Center (1828 Yale Avenue). We create these meals by asking for volunteers to contribute particular items each month. To get involved with this project, contact Susan Simon or visit YouthCare to learn more.

YWCA Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women
Join fellow Temple Beth Am members in making sack lunches for the women of Angeline’s Center. Join us on the second Sunday of every month in the Temple Beth Am kitchen from 8:30-9:30 AM. For more information, please contact Louisa Turner.

Knitzvah Knitters
Temple Beth Am Knitzvah Knitters kicks off a new year of knitting and crocheting the second Sunday of each month at Temple Beth Am! Join us from 10 AM – 12 PM for crafting, conversation and community. Please bring your handmade hats for our presentation of 100 hats to Warm for Winter. Hats should be made of washable yarn. Please email Vicki Warshaw or Suzanne Guon-Corner for hat patterns or more information.

Green Team
Leading the Temple community in the issues of the environment and global warming through education, personal action, and advocacy, the Green Team continues to make TBA more sustainable. Past work includes introducing composting at TBA and working with SustainableWorks to engage homeowners in energy efficiency retrofits. Contact Barak Gale.

Health Care For All
Formed in response to a two year campaign of listening to TBA members, this committee focuses on local, state and national initiatives and laws to bring about universal health care. If you are interested in joining us or adding your name to our action alert e-list, contact Dina Burstein or Tom Buchanan.

Interfaith Relations Committee
To support the many ways in which our rabbis and members engage with people of other faiths, we field requests for interfaith collaboration and work with other TBA committees to develop opportunities for interfaith action. For more information, contact Diane Baer or Shelly F. Cohen.

Welcoming Synagogues
From marching in the Pride Parade to organizing phone banks for R74, our rabbis and members are active supporters of LGBT issues throughout the community, proving LGBT Jews have a home at TBA. To participate in future activities, contact Nickie Faghin or Shelly F. Cohen.

Faith Action Network (FAN)
In 2012 TBA became the first synagogue to join FAN’s statewide interfaith advocacy network of more than 50 congregations. This gives us resources and interfaith connections to broaden and strengthen congregational advocacy activities, a tikkun olam strategy for addressing root causes of economic and social injustice. Some of the ways TBA members can engage in advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels include planning or attending educational issue forums, speaking to elected officials, attending public hearings and advocacy days during the state legislative session, and writing letters and cards. For more info, contact Diane Baer. For more info about FAN, go to www.fanwa.org.