Social Action – Olam Hesed Yibaneh

OLAM - A World

Create and participate in programs and activities addressing global and national issues such as genocide and oppression.

Jewish World Watch (JWW) brings help and healing to survivors of mass atrocities around the globe and inspires people of all faiths and cultures to join the ongoing fight against genocide.

JWW programs include advocacy campaigns and the annual Walk to End Genocide.

The Refugee Taskforce partners with organizations such as HIAS and the Jewish Coalition Assisting Refugees and Immigrants – Los Angeles (JCARI-LA) to raise awareness and act in support of refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants. Programs include donation drives and events featuring guest speakers and meals prepared by local refugee chefs.

Hesed - Of kindness

Work together with our neighbors to develop bonds and shape policies leading to a more just and compassionate community.

One LA is a network of religious and non-profits across LA County building relational power to strengthen our communities and bring about a more just society. Some issues One LA works on include health care access, criminal justice, and housing security. One LA organizes civic academies and actions to inform and influence policy makers to address the needs of the community.

TBA partners with other faith communities for a variety of projects and programs.

One LA is an example of an interfaith organization TBA is active in; Pressman Academy has an ongoing relationship with Islah Academy; and TBA also partners with other faith communities to host special events.

TBA organizes awareness-raising programs, communicates support for our black and brown neighbors, and partners with predominantly Black congregations for special events.

Yibaneh - We shall build

Take action through volunteer work and donations to address challenges such as homelessness and hunger to build a more just society.

TBA assembles and distributes survival kits to people struggling from homelessness each winter (Giving Spirit) and Purim (Operation PB&J). Pressman Academy and TBA also organize various meals at shelters, TBA, and other local locations.

TBA Donation Drives collect food, clothes, and other items for the needy for organizations including Sova, Baby2Baby, and PATH. TBA groups participate in community volunteer events and programs such as the Big Sunday MLK Day Clothing Drive and Food Forward.

The TBA Green Team offers monthly ideas to take Action around sustainability choices – ways we can create a greener home life for ourselves and our families – volunteer events such as beach cleanups.

Emily Greenstein was a beloved member of Temple Beth Am until she passed away in 2017 at age 14 after a year and a half battle with brain cancer. While under treatment, Emily wrote and recorded this inspiring song, Butterfly. Click here to purchase Butterfly on iTunes; all proceeds go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

More Ways to Help

Donate Your Backyard Produce

Do you have trees full of more fruit or a garden full of more food than you can use? Food Forward gathers food that would go to waste and gets it to those who need it. Contact TBA member Miriam Cantor at for more information.

Donate Frequent Flyer Miles

After surviving war, persecution, disaster, and being separated from their families, refugees, asylees and asylum-seekers only want one thing: to be reunited with loved ones. But when that crucial moment comes, the cost of a flight prevents the majority from being together. That’s where your frequent flyer miles can help. Pledge your airline miles and credit card points to help Miles4Migrants reunite families around the world. Click JCARI-LA as the partner organization.