Social Action CommitteeTikkun Olam
Social Action Committee Programs
The goal of Social Action Committee (SAC) is to provide TBA congregants the opportunity to take part in Tikkun Olam (healing the world) and perform hands-on mitzvot and activities. We will have volunteer opportunities for adults, youngsters, families, and individuals. Many of our programs are in partnership with other groups at TBA and I hope that you will find something of interest and get involved either directly through SAC or through another committee, constituency group, or religious school. You do not need to join SAC to volunteer for activities. Our goal is to be a conduit for providing meaningful opportunities and experiences for Temple members and friends.
Tikkun Olam (healing the world) has long been a watchword of the Temple’s Social Action Committee. From the days in Newark to the present, through a myriad of hands-on mitzvot and activities the Social Action Committee has engaged members of all ages in acts of loving kindness and the pursuit of justice, assisting the poor and disadvantaged, dialoguing with other faiths, assuming stewardship of the environment and supporting Israel. The Social Action Committee’s Green Team led the congregation in pursuit of an environmental certification from the interfaith coalition, GreenFaith which encompasses building practices, education, worship and community outreach.
Here is a sampling of our upcoming activities. Please let me know if there is something for which you would like to volunteer and/or if you have ideas for new programs and events:
Hello TBA Members! Below you will find a variety of programs we are enthusiastically working on. We hope that you can participate by a myriad of ways like attending, or assisting, or volunteering or supporting. We are hoping to keep this section fresh with all of the latest happenings not only around TBA but within our community. Please share your thoughts with us. We want to hear from you!
Warmest regards, Janet O. Penn SAC Chair
SAC Calendar 2018/2019
- Annual High Holiday Food Drive Outreach
- Shabbat Dinner in the Sukkah (joint event with The Sisterhood) Friday, September 28, 6:30 PM Service 7:30 PM Dinner and Program
- Turkey & All the Trimmings Food Drive Wednesday, November 14 (pick-up days Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20)
- Mitzvah Day Sunday, November 18
- 25th Annual Women’s Interfaith Forum Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (Snow Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019)
Shabbat Dinner & Speaker in the Sukkah
sponsored by the Social Action Committee & Sisterhood—The Women’s Connection
Friday, September 28, 2018
6:30 PM Shabbat Service
7:30 PM Shabbat Dinner & Speaker in the Sukkah
Guest Speaker: Sarah Newell, GreenFaith
Topic: Environmental Justice
Sarah Newell’s recognition of environmental injustice in her home country of Ireland led her to GreenFaith, an interfaith coalition founded in 1992 to help people of all faiths become better stewards of the environment. As a GreenFaith intern supporting a range of campaigns, Sarah is soon to graduate with a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development. She holds a degree in Youth & Community and is passionate to connect youth toward faith-based environmental action. She led the implementation of a sustainability plan for a large faith-based summer camp serving low income communities throughout NJ and is helping move her church in Ireland move toward environmental action.
Sarah Newell will educate us to protect the Earth and its inhabitants, and to recognize the serious threats of human activity on the earth, so we, as Jews, can commit ourselves to care for the poor and vulnerable, protecting them from environmental injustice, racism and harm.
$25 per person ($22 per person in advance)
RSVP by September 26. Open to all! For information : 973.994.2290
High Holiday Food Drive a Great Success at Temple B’nai Abraham!
Social Action Committee members sort the food so generously donated by our congregational family.
The collected items were donated to local social agencies including Livingston CHOW