Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters at TBE
The Temple Beth Elohim - Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters team is made up of TBE congregants who are involved with and passionate about Jewish Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS). The TBE-JBBBS team brings together those who are engaged in both communities and are interested in where they intersect. The central goal of the team (est. 2013) is to spread awareness about JBBBS in the TBE community and to create opportunities for TBE congregants to become more involved.
Specifically, we seek to introduce and engage the TBE community around the work that JBBBS is doing. This is done through identifying new volunteers to provide friendship and mentoring to children in need and adults with disabilities. Additionally, we aim to spread the word about JBBBS in order to identify more children, families, and adults with disabilities in the greater TBE community who could benefit from JBBBS services.
Some of our highlights include: Successful parlor meetings, information sessions, representation at Mitzvah Day, letter-writing and story-telling to raise awareness of agency programs, services and volunteer opportunities and several new matches made directly as a result of organizing at TBE.
We are currently working on a new project to form a joint TBE-JBBBS team for the Rodman Ride for Kids in September, a charity bike-ride to raise money for children’s charities in the Commonwealth, including JBBBS!
Interested in learning more about volunteering with JBBBS or know of a family who could benefit from JBBBS services? Want to hear more about the JBBBS-TBE team and perhaps get involved? Contact Joni Kusminsky.
Become a Big Brother or Big Sister - Right now!
Approximately 40 Little Brothers and Sisters, and a roughly equal number of adults with disabilities, are waiting on a right-fit match. The wait list is real. In the matching process, JBBBS takes into account not only factors like a child’s geography vis-à-vis a volunteer’s but also his or her preference for a Big Brother who likes theatre or a Big Sister who plays sports.
If you or someone you know would like to know more about becoming a mentor who are waiting on the right-fit volunteers, please contact Joni Kusminsky.
The Rodman Ride for Kids
The TBE-JBBBS team has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Rodman Ride for Kids. The Rodman Ride for Kids is a charity bike-ride to raise money for children’s charities in the Commonwealth, including Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. The TBE-JBBBS team will be riding in the Ride for Kids on Sept 26th. All of the riders are TBE members and are riding to sponsor children living in the Wellesley area that are waiting for mentors through JBBBS. To learn more about riding in the bike ride and/or donating to the cause, please contact Alan Weinstein.
Click Here to see the TBE-JBBBS team page.
About Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, one of the nation’s oldest mentoring organizations, transforms lives through friendship. We introduce children in need to adult mentors, and we match adults who have disabilities to new friends in their communities.
Further, in the spirit of chazak v’nithazaik (strengthening one another), we provide camp and college scholarships to Little Brothers and Sisters and wrap-around services for families including emergency economic assistance, short-term counseling and referrals. We support sister-city mentoring initiatives in Haifa, Israel and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine and, together with Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Boston-Haifa Connection and the Jewish Distribution Committee, were instrumental in the launch of Horim Bamerkaz (Parents at the Center), a community center serving parents with young children in a racially, religiously and ethnically diverse neighborhood in Haifa.
At JBBBS, we aspire to empower individuals and families to participate actively in the life of their communities, to live inspired and to inspire others that none may be lost to us. Click Here for more information on Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters.