June 19, 2017

Dear Fellow Congregants

As we enter the summer, we wanted to offer you the Social Justice Committee overview presentation recapping the year that we made at the Temple's Annual Meeting.  You are receiving this email because you joined us at our very first event, the Call to Conscious in September 2016.

We opened the presentation with a reminder of the committee's current mission (see first slide below).

We then provided an overview of the activities of the last year. If you recall from our first meeting, we broke the program into three sections: Hands-On activities that provided opportunities for us to do something on behalf of DV organizations, Donations opportunities and, Education/Awareness activities. 

As mentioned at the Annual Meeting, we believe there is a lot here to build upon.  We are proud and happy to share with you the accomplishments of this first-year committee.  That said, we have set some goals to grow and strengthen the committee efforts in year two that we also want to...

June 9, 2017

We are grateful to Temple Beth Avodah for your commitment to learning about and taking action on issues related to domestic and dating abuse.  Your congregation made an important difference this year and has had a real, tangible impact on the lives of abuse survivors in Newton and beyond.  For abuse survivors – who are often isolated and alone  – community efforts matter. When people receive a gift card or a donated item from TBA, they not only get something they very much need, but they also clearly hear the message that they are not invisible and that people in the community want to help. 

We thank you for being partners in this work, with shoutouts to the tremendous efforts of Rabbi Stern, Eve Tapper and Jeff Tarmy.  At every step along the way, your congregation’s engagement has been thoughtful, meaningful, energetic and inspiring. 

We particularly value synagogue engagement on this issue.  As you have heard this year, many in the community continue to think that...

June 1, 2017

Our friends at The Second Step are so appreciative of the support TBA has given to them this year. A little home cooking goes a long way!

During the past year approximately 20 adult volunteers have cooked for for The Second Step.  In addition, Midrasha students have also cooked under the direction of Francie Weinberg.  We have grown in strength and numbers and look forward to continuing this effort in September!  If you would like to participate in cooking when September rolls around, please email Debbie Hart-Klein and she will add you to the list of volunteers.

Recently, Bunny Aronson, Nancy Bloom, Debbie Hart-Klein, Mark Rosen and Laurel Salend gathered at TBA to cook one last meal for TSS until September.  And what a feast they whipped up!  The meal consisted of ziti with roasted vegetables and ground chicken, Caesar salad, both carrot and apple cake, and fruit salad.  Baking two types of cakes from scratch for so many people was a bit ambitious, but these bakers pulled...

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