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At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, Rachie Lewis, the Director of Synagogue Organizing with JCRC, will be speaking at TBA about issues immigrants are facing in the Boston area and ways we might help. Rachie has worked with 18 local synagogues to organize their immigration justice programs, with the first step being to learn about what's happening in our own community. Rachie will provide much useful and enlightening information, so please come even if you do not think you will be able to participate in any volunteer opportunities following her presentation!
On Sunday, March 10, a small group cooked this month's meal for The Second Step. Suzy Willard planned a menu of veggie mac and cheese, American chop suey and cheesecakes with cherry and blueberry toppings. She was joined in the kitchen by Hannah Hicks, Jackie Dahlquist, and David Levine, all of whom cooked up a storm and got the job done!
Helping others and trying to improve the world are central to our mission at TBA and part of who we are as a congregation and as Jews. We take pride in knowing that so many of our TBA family members are actively involved with social justice and social action both through TBA and outside. We are excited to share some updates to our TBA initiatives and invite you to join us.
Over the years, an important way we have gathered as a community to help others is through Mitzvah Day. We are excited to announce that TBA will be holding our next Mitzvah Day on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Click here to save the date to your calendar. We’d also love to hear your ideas for projects and your help leading projects. Please contact Suzy Willard Rosenthal and Carol Kirson if you would like to help plan what we hope will be our biggest ever day of coming together as a congregation to help others and improve the world!
We are continuing our commitment to cook a monthly community dinner for the approximately 35 residents of The Second Step's transitional housing. The residents are women and children who have escaped abusive relationships and are establishing new lives. Most residents live in this housing for about 6 months while they work with TSS to find permanent housing, jobs, and proper schooling for the children. This is a small part of the services that TSS provides. Click here to learn more about TSS.
Our January and February cooking events were the usual fun and productive gatherings, ending with delicious food that the TSS residents were thrilled to enjoy! Last month, Jackie Dahlquist planned a wonderful menu of herbed roasted chicken with roasted potatoes and salad, with olive oil cake and strawberries for dessert. In January, Bunny Aronson led a group making yummy comfort food of baked pasta and meat sauce, crisp salads and oatmeal bars for dessert....
We made an ambitious commitment to REACH Beyond Domestic Violence this holiday season, but we did so with confidence that our many TBA volunteers would get it all done. No surprise, more than 30 people stepped up to volunteer. We baked desserts and made side dishes for REACH's annual party (attended by 300 of REACH's clients and staff), bought gifts for domestic violence survivors, and volunteered at the party after receiving 3 hours of training. Thumbprint cookies, lemon squares, Greek salad, corn & bean salad, Legos, sheets & blankets, winter coats, books -- just to name a few of the items we baked, cooked, shopped for and donated.
REACH is very appreciative of TBA's efforts and contributions. Most importantly, the domestic violence survivors that REACH serves were most grateful for the holiday festivities that evening. The gifts donated through REACH's holiday gift program make a big difference in the lives of abused women and children. We are confident...
For many years Temple Beth Avodah has been supporting the efforts of the Boston Living Center and the A Celebration of Life Thanksgiving dinner. The Women of TBA assembled centerpieces for the dinner being held this evening at the Hynes Convention Center. Stacy Schwartz, TBA President, and Carol Kirson delivered the items this morning.
A wonderful Thanksgiving mitzvah project has been completed in our Early Learning Center. The students participated in a Thanksgiving food drive to provide meals to those in need. They organized baskets of food and even including turkeys in their bountiful baskets. They also baked cranberry muffins to share with each other for a special snack. In the spirit of giving, the students made flowers and passed them out to all the special staff members who help them every day.
For the second year in a row, TBA volunteers prepared a Thanksgiving dinner for the residents of The Second Step's two shelters. Brotherhood members cooked at TBA, several TBA families cooked together at the Goldfarbs' house, and lots of volunteers made their Thanksgiving specialties at home. We made quite a feast, which the folks at TSS were grateful and excited to receive! TSS staff reports that the kids were chatting and giggling all week as they anticipated their "Thanksgiving party," and hopefully we did not disappoint!
With everyone's help, we delivered to TSS a great menu of dips and hummus for appetizers, squash soup, corn bread, three kinds of stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed and roasted potatoes, sweet potato casserole, several salads, roasted vegetables, Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, turkeys, and for dessert, multiple apple and pumpkin pies, cheese cake and a few types of cookies.
The Women of TBA once again ran a successful Night of Giving Back event. Thank you to the following agencies: A Place To Turn Food Pantry The Children's Room The Boston Living Center and Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters JBBBS for their presentations last night. Also, thank you to the Women of TBA and all of the wonderful people who came out last night to help make a difference at the Women of TBA's A Night of Giving Back event! #neighborshelpingneighbors #tzedakah