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Several our congregants, otherwise known as hardy New Englanders, joined forces at TBA yesterday afternoon to cook for The Second Step. They weren’t letting a Nor’easter stop them! Bev Marcus, Bunny Aronson, Alison & Jeff Tarmy, Mary Balsam, Jeremy Goldfarb and Jessie Rosen joined forces in the TBA kitchen, under the direction of coordinator Mark Rosen, to make a variety of homemade items. The finished products made for The Second Step were chicken enchilada casserole, mini-cheesecakes and salad. They also purchased some peanut-free cookies to add to the delivery. Thank you to this awesome crew!
Our grade 7 students had a fun time shopping for others on Monday night. Under the direction of Lori Rosen, they went to Bed Bath and Beyond in Dedham, MA. They bought sheets, towels, pillows, cleaning supplies and many more essential items for a family. The recipient family is moving from The Second Step to transitional housing and our students were thrilled to help pick out items that they will need. The Bed Bath and Beyond store manager remarked at not only how well behaved our students were, but also what big hearts they had!
Another awesome day for our students in grades 4 and 5. They cooked for The Second Step, made Mishloach Manot Purim bags for Family Table, and preemie baby blankets for newborns yesterday. These students never cease to amaze us in their quest for bringing positive change to others. #CaringIsSharing #SocialJusticeForAll
As part of TBA’s Social Justice Initiative to help victims of Domestic Violence, a staff member at The Second Step, Inc. asked us to help plan a Quinceañera for one of their Latina residents. As you are aware, we enthusiastically agreed and even offered to host the event at the Temple.
A Quinceañera is a celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday with cultural roots of Latin America but celebrated throughout the Americas. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood, much like a Bat Mitzvah in the Jewish culture.
So a small, but energetic group of our high school girls with direction from Francie Weinberg met on December 18 to start the planning. They discussed the theme suggested by the girl’s mother and came up with ideas for food, centerpieces, decorations and goody bags to match.
Invitations were designed by Eileen Brooks and Francie Weinberg, and the students assembled the beautiful in...
With guidance from Francie Weinberg our Youth Educator and The Second Step, our teens have been planning and prepping to make a quinceañera happen for a local teen. The big day is almost upon them and they are rushing to make sure the room is ready and perfect!
The weather did not deter our hardy cooks and bakers on Sunday, January 8. With TBA closed and no industrial kitchen available to cook and bake, we decided to divide and conquer: Debbie Hart-Klein, Bunny Aronson and May Balsam gathered at Debbie's house to make chicken pot pies and salads; and Jackie Dahlquist and David and Charlotte Levine were "stationed" at their home to bake yummy pineapple upside down cakes and pumpkin muffins. Thanks to Jackie and Eve Tapper for delivering the goodies to The Second Step on Monday for a community dinner for 30 people living in TSS housing as they transition from abusive homes to a fresh start. Nothing like good old comfort food to bring comfort!
As an added bonus, the cooks made flavorful broth from the roasted chicken bones, to which Debbie added lots of veggies and leftover chicken from the pot pies for soup which is now frozen and ready for Caring Community delivery to congregants, adding to the batches of soup alre...
As part of our Huggim night, some of our 6th and 7th graders chose to make nightlights to donate to a mom's group at JF&CS. Making the nightlights was a little more complicated than expected, with a lot of steps and some gluing fingers together, but the results were amazing. In the dark when finished, the students plugged their nightlights into the wall and were amazed by how well they turned out. The JF&CS moms and their children will be able to pick out their new nightlights after the first of the year.
Recently our Grade 7 students made fleece blankets to donate to Boston Children's Hospital. We just received a thank you card. The blankets were very much appreciated. #untileverychildiswell #gooddeeds
Cantorial Soloist Susan Glickman and several families made use of the Temple kitchen during the winter break to make soup. The soup will be delivered by Caring Community members to sick or recuperating congregants during the winter months. The group spent a few hours chopping, simmering and taste-testing the cream of root vegetable and chicken, pasta and chick pea soups. Thank you to the Nasisi, Lookner and Hicks families for their skills in the kitchen and most especially for bringing the special ingredient of LOVE :)
The Temple office is a very busy place! People coming and going, clergy and staff working from early morning to late at night. There are several times during the year when the staff carve out an hour or two to take a breath, enjoy a meal and each other's company. One of those times is at Hanukkah. In past years, we had rowdy Yankee Swaps and at others a festive grab. This year was different. We all heard Rabbi's Call to Conscience at the beginning of 5777. This year at our annual Hanukkah luncheon we decided to forgo the swap and the grab. We bought and donated gift cards to The Second Step. We know these cards will find their way to a needy recipient... hopefully bringing a little bit of the light of Hanukkah into someone else's life.