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! Want to hear more about the JBBBS-TBE team and perhaps get involved? Please contact Meredith Grabek.
Interested in learning more about volunteering with JBBBS or know of a family who could benefit from JBBBS services? Contact Alan Weinstein, Tania Grey or visit the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Website.
Become a Big Brother or Big Sister - Mentors Needed! Help Make an Impact!
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters has more than 50 children in our Big/Little program and an additional 50 adults with disabilities in our Friend 2 Friend program awaiting for a caring, adult role model or friend. By volunteering just a few hours a month, YOU can make a HUGE difference in someone’s life. We serve children and adults with disabilities from all backgrounds who are impacted by a variety of challenging circumstances. We are in need of many adult (21+) volunteers who can serve as caring role models across our agency’s programs. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about becoming a mentor to a child or a friend to an adult with disabilities, we would love to hear from you! Learn more at www.jbbbs.org/volunteer. You can also contact Tania Gray at [email protected] or at (617)558-6542.
New: MAGIC Groups(Monthly Activity Groups In the Community)
What does it take to change a life? A couple of hours, each month. Be matched, 1:1, with an adult with disabilities who is looking for a friend. Volunteer with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston’s Friend 2 Friend MAGIC Program (Monthly Activity Groups In the Community) and help your Friend become more comfortable in our community. Matches will meet one designated Sunday afternoon or evening per month at a preplanned group activity with other pairs of friends. Activities might include cooking classes, karaoke nights, festive meals, or a tour of Fenway Park. MAGIC is a great way to spend time with your Friend, but also to connect with others in the program at the same time. If Sundays don’t work, we also have MAGIC groups meeting one Wednesday evening per month. Learn more at www.jbbbs.org/volunteer. You can also contact Tania Gray at [email protected] or at (617)558-6542.
The Rodman Ride for Kids
JBBBS has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Rodman Ride for Kids. TBE has a couple of riders joining the team this year! 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 22nd. TBE members are riding along with nearly 60 other JBBBS supporters to sponsor children living in the Greater Boston area (including Wellesley!) that are waiting for mentors through JBBBS. To learn more about riding in the bike ride and/or donating to the cause, please contact Meredith Grabek at [email protected]. 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 the lives of children, their families, and adults with disabilities by establishing and supporting one-to-one friendships with caring volunteers. JBBBS engages children and adults of all faiths and backgrounds, including a growing number of new immigrant children and their families. We offer a broad range of volunteer options to suit a variety of interests, time commitments and lifestyles.
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.
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.