Mitzvah of the Monthsponsored by the Social Action Committee
MITZVAH of the MONTH
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.
MITZVAH OF THE MONTH
APRIL 2021: PRODUCE FOR POSITIVITY
April’s Mitzvah of the Month is Produce for Positivity. To fulfill this Mitzvah, we are asking Temple B’nai Abraham’s congregants to contribute fresh produce—specifically, potatoes, carrots, onions, oranges, and apples—all pre-bagged by the supermarket.
When people who are food insecure receive items from food pantries, they usually get packaged food in boxes and cans. Rarely do they receive fresh vegetables and fruits so necessary for nutrition. This is especially important for young people, who are still growing and need nutrients to remain intellectually sharp and physically active.
For this Mitzvah, the Social Action Committee (SAC) is partnering with the Teen Tikkun Olam (TTO) group and the Jewish Learning Program (JLP) to collect this much-needed food.
Registration is required so we will know how much produce to expect and plan transport the food to those in need accordingly. Please email either Ruth Ross or Janet Penn to register your participation.
Drop off at the Temple Tuesday, April 27–Thursday, April 29, 9:00 AM–3:30 PM.
Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN) will pick up produce from the Temple and deliver it to needy neighbors in Livingston and Newark.
No one is lonely when doing a mitzvah, for a mitzvah is where God and man meet. —Rabbi Abraham J. Heschel
Register for April Mitzvah of the Month: Please include email address and name in the message box.
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 asked TBA congregant families to contribute a pan of meatless baked ziti to ease the food insecurity faced by our Essex County neighbors. Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN) picked up the ziti meals from the Temple and delivered them to needy neighbors in Livingston and Newark.
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: “Providing charity for poor and hungry people weighs as heavily as all the other commandments of the Torah combined.” —Babylonian Talmud, Baba Batra 9a
The February Mitzvah of the Month
The February Mitzvah of the Month involved a collection of the following: warm hats for adults, teens and children, scarves, mittens, and gloves. Many, many bags were filled with much needed hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens for our neighbors in need. Nick Santinelli from Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors (LNHN) came to TBA to collect the generously donated items by our very own congregants. They were promptly delivered to 3 Churches in Newark for distribution. What a Mitzvah! The Social Action Committee wholeheartedly thanks our numerous volunteers. We also want to send a special thank you to Ruth Dolinko who knitted with love several blankets to be used as either lap blankets for the elderly or as baby blankets. Whatever the use, we sincerely appreciate the countless hours spent creating such beauty.