February 28, 2021 •
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Mitzvah of the Month

sponsored by the Social Action Committee


The Temple B’nai Abraham Social Action Committee continues the spirit of Mitzvah Day/Week throughout the year with a Mitzvah of the Month.

Each month, congregant families will have an opportunity to help families and individuals in Essex County who find themselves in need during the pandemic.

Janet O. Penn & Ruth Ross
TBA Social Action Committee Co-chairs

At a time when the community is suffering, no one should say, “I will go home, eat, drink, and be at peace with myself.  – Babylonian Talmud Taanit, 11a.


The February Mitzvah of the Month will involve a collection of the following:mittens and hat 2021

  • Warm hats for adults, teens and children
  • Scarves
  • Mittens and gloves

All items should be new (the Dollar Store and Amazing Savings are great sources for such items).

  • Items can be dropped off at the Temple from Monday, February 22 to Friday, February 26, from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. If you cannot get to the temple, please contact Ruth Ross or Janet Penn to schedule a pick-up at your home.
  • A box will be placed outside the front entrance doors.
  • Please place your items in plastic bags for safety and protection.

Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN) will deliver the COLLECTED ITEMS to local families and several Churches in Newark, who will then distribute them to needy parishioners.

Please perform a mitzvah by keeping our Essex County neighbors warm during the blustery winter months!


Mitzvah for the  month of March 2021

Baked Ziti for Local Families Suffering from Food Insecurity

For the March Mitzvah of the Month, the Social Action Committee asks TBA congregant families to contribute a pan of meatless baked ziti to ease the food insecurity faced by our Essex County neighbors.

Feeding the hungry is one of Judaism’s basic tenets. The Talmud instructs each Jewish community to establish a public fund to provide the hungry with food. Indeed, feeding the hungry is one of our most important responsibilities on earth: “Providinglasagne charity for poor and hungry people weighs as heavily as all the other commandments of the Torah combined.” —Babylonian Talmud, Baba Batra 9a

Drop off at the Temple Tuesday, March 23–Thursday, March 25, 9:00 AM–3:30 PM.

Please cover the baking pan with lots and lots of aluminum foil to secure it safely for transport.

You are welcome to use your favorite Meatless Baked Ziti recipe, but in case you want to try a real simple one, please see belowPLEASE WEAR GLOVES AND MASKS WHILE PREPARING MEALS.


Meatless Baked Ziti Recipe


1 (16 ounce) package ziti

1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese

1 ½ cups spaghetti sauce

1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

2 cups spaghetti sauce, divided

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 13x9 inch heavy duty tinfoil baking pan

Heavy duty tinfoil to cover for transport.


Step 1: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook ziti in boiling water until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 13 minutes; drain. Rinse ziti with cold water until cool; drain.

Step 2: Preheat oven to 375° F.

Step 3: Mix ziti, ricotta cheese, 1 ½ cups spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese, egg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Step 4: Spread ½ cup spaghetti sauce over the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch disposable baking tin. Pour ziti mixture into the tin. Top with remaining 1 ½ cup spaghetti sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Step 5: Bake in preheated oven until sauce and cheese layer is bubbly and lightly browned, about 30 minutes.

Step 6: Let ziti cool for 10 minutes before covering the baking pan with lots and lots of aluminum foil, securing it safely for transport to the Temple.

Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN) will pick up the ziti meals from the Temple and deliver them to needy neighbors in Livingston and Newark.

Temple B’nai Abraham, Socially Distant…Spiritually Close! Stay safe & well!

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