Mitzvah Moments

TBE Mitzvah Moments provide social action opportunities for the TBE community that combine community, compassion and connection in order to affect change in ourselves and the world around us. Read more...

 

December - Holiday Giving

As we enter the Thanksgiving and December Holiday season, we invite you to lean into the holidays by joining one of many Mitzvah Moments. 

Drives

Help TBE support Boston area non-profit organizations in need by donating any of the items below. Collection bins are in the temple atrium from November 28 through December 11.

New
Gently Used
Unwrapped Toys and games
(No action figures or weapons) 
Winter clothing & outwear
(boots, hats, gloves etc)
Personal Care Items
(Full Sized and Travel)
Jackets and Sweatshirts
(large sizes preferred)
Children's books
Adult Pants and Jeans
Children's hats and mittens
Books
Socks and underwear
Warm Blankets
Cereal and Canned Salmon 
Sleeping Bags
 
Shoes

 

Partner Organizations: JF&CS, BMC Grow Clinic, More Than Words, The Potter Road School, Cradles to Crayons, St. Francis House, Rosie's Place, and Family Promise, The Second Step, Jewish Family Services (JFS) Metrowest, Rofeh International, and Midnight Run (via the Havayah New York City Trip).

Direct Service

  • CASA at Pine Street Inn - Sunday, December 11 - 9:00am (main shelter), 9:45am (Brunch Club): We will be taking one group to the main shelter to serve brunch, and another to a Pine Street transitional housing site to make and serve brunch to the residents.To learn more and sign up, click here or contact Amy Benjamin
  • CASA at Christmas in the City - Sunday, December 18, 9:00am-5:00pm: Christmas in the City is an amazing one day event that is planned for the thousands of children and families residing in Boston area shelters. Ages 16+. To learn more and sign up, click here or contact Barbara Turk

Tzedakah

  • Syrian Refugee Resettlement Benefit Concert with Noah Aronson - Sunday, December 18, 7:00pm: Click here for more information. 

 

About Mitzvah Moments

Since Mitzvah Day’s launch 18 years ago, we have grown tremendously as a congregation, in the breadth and depth of our programs, in the level of congregant engagement, and in our commitment to service and social justice. TBE Mitzvah Moments provide opportunities for the TBE community to come together throughout the year to combine community, compassion and connection. TBE Mitzvah Moments are intended to be an integrated program that involves the whole temple community and includes service opportunities, education about social justice, and collection drives—thereby linking our Jewish values to the act of doing/serving, compassionate giving, and affecting change—in ourselves and in the world around us.  

 To learn more, contact Sandy Aronson, TBE's Tikkun Olam Youth and Community Organizer.


October 2016 - Love Thy Neighbor

During the High Holy Days, we not only reflect on our behavior but also act on our tradition. There are urgent challenges that face our world, and leaders in our community are responding with organized action. Join us in October as we perform sacred acts of Tikkun Olam (social justice) that connect to our tradition of "loving our neighbors.”

 

Tzedakah and Drives

  • High Holy Day Hunger Drive: Continue the tradition of giving to organizations that address the urgent need for food locally, nationally and internationally. Click here to view the list of beneficiary agencies and to make a donation.
  • Family Table: Family Table is Greater Boston's only Jewish food pantry. As a community, we are responsible for supplying 50 cans of salmon and 50 boxes of whole grain cereal for meal delivery to families in need each month. Please bring in a can of salom or a box of cereal the next time you come to TBE! 

Direct Service

Learning and Social Justice

  • The Syrian Crisis, Impact and Implications - October 26, 7:00pm: Join TBE and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for a discussion about the longest humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust and options for response. Registration is required. To learn more and register, click here.
  • Beyond Stigma: Extending Ourselves to those Struggling with Mental Health Challenges - October 30, 6:30pm. We will have a member of our community speak about their family experiences with mental health issues. We will also strive to understand more the needs of our community, and work together on responding to the pressing issues that are at the core of this silent epidemic. Please contact Sandy Aronson for additional information.

 

 

 

 

 


May 2016 - Community Action Day (Mitzvah Day has a new name!) 

Join a TBE Mitzvah Moment on Community Action Day
May 22, 2016

 

Join us on Sunday, May 22 to celebrate Mitzvah Day’s “chai year” as we launch into TBE Mitzvah Moments: Community Action Day with a morning of service, education and community. Learn more about Community Action Day. 

Click here for a full list of recipient organizations, walks and rides

 

Some projects need more people to make a greater impact on our community. Please consider these projects as you make your selections:

  • Bundles of Care 
  • Ronald McDonald Mailing 
  • Healing Shawls

About Community Action Day

    As we head into Mitzvah Day’s 18th –“Chai” Year–we want to celebrate the tremendous impact it has had on our community and honor the extraordinary contribution of Sandy Goldstein, Karin Leinwand, and Bernice Speiser, in leading this special day for so many years. We also extend our gratitude to all of you in our community who volunteer your time and energy as project leaders and participants. The goal this year with Mitzvah Moments has been to both broaden and deepen our engagement in Tikkun Olam as a community.  It is from this spirit that we stand on the shoulders of our Mitzvah Day leaders and bring you Community Action Day as part of TBE’s year-long commitment to Mitzvah Moments. 


       


      Learn more about Community of Adult Social Action
      Learn more about Family Social Action

      Click here to view information about Mitzvah Day 2015
      Click here to view information about Mitzvah Day 2014
      Click here to view information about Mitzvah Day 2013
      Click here to view information about Mitzvah Day 2012 


      April: Caring for the Stranger (2016)

      As we enter the Passover season – the season of our own Exodus – we invite you to lean into one of the TBE Mitzvah Moments this April focused around caring for the stranger, especially the Syrian refugee crisis.

      Tzedakah & Drives

      • Matzah Donations - Needed by April 4: Bring a box of matzah to the temple to support Family Table, Help New England’s largest kosher food pantry prepare for Passover.
      • Tzedakah: All donations from the Tzedakah box collection in the main lobby will be donated to the Holy Blossom congregation to support their refugee initiative. Click here for more information about Holy Blossom.

      Direct Service 

      • Boat of Hope - Sunday, April 3: Students in the K-5 Limud program will be participating in Passover Pathways on April 3 by contributing to the Boat of Hope. Many refugees flee on a daily basis by boat. Limud classes and adults will have an opportunity to make a difference by writing notes of hope and joy, welcoming refugee families, as well as contributing their tzedakah to the relief efforts.
      • Passover Packaging - Monday, April 4: Family Social Action will be helping Family Table recipients by packaging up bags of traditional Passover foods for families. Click here to sign up and for more information.
      • CASA - Friday, April 8: We’ll serve lunch at NE Center for Homeless Veterans, Boston. Join us as we help serve those who have served our country. Click here for more information. 

      Learning and Social Justice

      • HIAS Shabbat Speaker and Dinner - Friday, April 1st: Shabbat service and dinner with guest speaker Riva Silverman, VP of External Affairs at HIAS to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis. Click here to learn more.
      • Shabbat Reflection on Syrian Refugees - Saturday, April 2nd - Our hope is to reflect on our own personal narratives and interweave them with the narratives of current Syrian refugees and of our text and tradition. Inspired by this tapestry of stories, we can come together to look at the multiple pathways of how we as a community can respond to this crisis. Please RSVP to Sandy Aronson if you plan to attend. 
      • Passover Pathways - Sunday, April 3rd: Different strands of learning for adults and students, some of which are focusing on caring for strangers and the Syrian refugee crisis. Click here to sign up and learn more.
      • Annual TBE Passover Seder - Saturday, April 23rd (6:00pm): Passover is a time of renewal and rejoicing with family and friends. What better place to celebrate than our Makom? Perform the Mitzvah of retelling the Passover story and take part in a Mitzvah Moment by committing to caring for the stranger and fighting for freedom. Click here to sign up and for more information

      December - Holiday Giving (2015)

      As we enter the Thanksgiving and December Holiday season, we invite you to lean into the holidays by joining one of many Mitzvah Moments. 

      Drives

      Help TBE support Boston area non-profit organizations in need by donating any of the items below. Collection bins are in the temple atrium through December 11.

      Canned Salmon and Tuna

      Winter Clothing for Kids and Adults

      New/Unwrapped Toys
      (No action figures or weapons) 

      Personal Care Items
      (Full Sized and Travel)

       

      Books

       

       

      Click here for a complete list of suggested items.

      Partner Organizations: JF&CS, BMC Grow Clinic, More Than Words, The Potter Road School, Cradles to Crayons, St. Francis House, Rosie's Place, and Family Promise.

      Direct Service

       

      • Sunday, December 6 - Join our Community for Adult Social Action (CASA) at Pine Street Inn. Open to ages 15+. To learn more and sign up, click here or contact Amy Benjamin. Learn more about CASA events.
      • Saturday, December 19 - Join our Family Social Action Group at Hebrew Senior Life. Open to families with children in grades k-5. To sign up, contact Stacey Amster. Learn more about Family Social Action events.
      • Sunday, December 20 - Join TBE members for Christmas in the City to help support and celebrate Christmas with Boston area homeless families. Open to ages 16+. To learn more and sign up, contact Barbara Turk.
      • Friday, December 25 - Prepare holiday meals for the Salvation Army Christmas Dinner. TBE needs cooks and/or servers. Click here to sign up. To learn more, contact Pam Remis.

         

      Learning and Social Justice

      • Participate in the CANstruction project at TBE to raise awareness about hunger related issues locally and globally.
      • Friday, December 4th - Listen to speaker Michael Gould-Wartofsky, author of The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement, to learn more about how we can connect social justice to our Jewish text and traditions. To learn more and sign up, click here.