Helping our Neighbors and Our World
The Social Action committee at Temple Beth Am is charged with creating opportunities for congregants to get involved in activities to benefit others. We have held food drives, coat drives, created birthday in a box for underserved children, built an ark out of food, and visited seniors in New York City. In 2019 our call to action continues as we donated school supplies to underserved children in a neighboring community, will once again visit seniors in NYC, and be trained by First Friends of NY/NJ to visit immigrants who are being detained in four centers in New Jersey. We invite suggestions for projects.
Project Ezra is a nonprofit organization that helps the Jewish elderly to live with dignity, companionship, and community on NYC’s Lower East Side. Founded in 1972, Project Ezra provides elders with a spectrum of social services, community activities and home help.
Ezra means “help,” and that is the mission of the organization.
Temple Beth Am visited the seniors in 2018 and brought gifts, interviewed them and one of our student pianists entertained them. We will visit again on December 8th with our 5th and 6th graders for a similar program.
If you are a fabric or yarn crafter (or have friends who are!), you may drop off donations of NEW blankets in the Temple Beth Am lobby for Project Linus. Blankets can be knitted, crocheted, quilted, applique’d, made of tied fleece – their method of creation is limited only to your imagination :). Please contact Lynn Anne Cutler at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
First Friends NJ
TBA members recently built Noah’s Ark, right in our Temple lobby, out of items donated by congregants and our local Parsippany ShopRite! Food items were then given to the Parsippany food bank and Nourish NJ, to benefit their clients.