Teen Tikkun Olam Group 2018-2019
TEEN TIKKUN OLAM
Teen Tikkun Olam (TTO), a Temple B’nai Abraham group for teens in grades 8-12, meets one to two times a month. The goal of TTO is to volunteer in our synagogue and larger community. By making a difference in meaningful ways, we hope to nourish the expanding mind and soul of our Jewish teens. We help them explore how doing for others can be a miraculous moment for both the giver and receiver. Additionally, we give teens the opportunity to become the philanthropic leaders of our teen community!
Join the TTO team and make a world of difference! For questions, contact Arleen Lichtenstein, firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-994-3950. Cost to join is $36 for members and $72 for non-members for the year.
TEEN TIKKUN OLAM MIDDAY RUN 2018
On Sunday, November 18, 50 members of TTO volunteered at TBA to sort a large amount of wonderful donations from TBA congregants. Once donations were packed into a truck, our volunteers and chaperones traveled to St. Rocco’s Church in Newark. St. Rocco’s is part of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. Catholic Charities has several areas of activity, including an emergency family shelter for homeless women with children including three meals a day. Services include support counseling, educational workshops, instruction in parenting skills, job and housing placement, and referrals for mental health and substance abuse services, a soup kitchen and food pantry.
Once TTO arrived at St. Rocco’s we our TTO teens quickly unpacked and worked tirelessly to engage patrons to help them “shop” for the perfect items. TTO teens engaged in a wonderful mitzvah on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, assisting more than 525 residents of Newark get much needed supplies for the upcoming winter. Teens and adults who participate always leave with a heightened sense of Jewish social awareness, sensitivity, and civic responsibility. This event was a unique opportunity for our teens to help the less fortunate. Their commitment and participation made Midday Run a Huge success!!
MIDDAY RUN 2018
photos courtesy Carey Gertler & Tara Heyderman
Arleen Lichtenstein, JLP Special Projects Coordinator & TTO Advisor