ואהבת לו כמוך כי גרים הייתם בארץ מצרים
"You shall love the stranger as yourself for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" - Leviticus 19:34
TBA has a number of committees working toward Tikkun Olam & Social Justice. Choose a cause that is meaningful to you and join us!
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- Jewish World Watch
- Refugee Taskforce
- The Giving Spirit & Operation PB&J
- Pressman Academy Hesed Committee
- ECC Social Action Committee
- Teen Council Tikkun Olam
- Habitat for Humanity
- Reading Partners
- Pressman Academy Tikkun Olam
- Interfaith Programming
Temple Beth Am is a member synagogue of Jewish World Watch, working to end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide by educating and mobilizing individuals, advocating for policy changes, and funding projects to support and build resilience in conflict-affected communities. Contact Dianne Shershow for more information.
Temple Beth Am is a member organization of One-LA, a network of religious and non-profits across LA County committed to building relational power and exercising that power to strengthen our communities and bring about a more just society. Contact Nancy Goldstone or Paula Pearlman for more information.
Temple Beth Am is a member of the HIAS Welcome Campaign to educate the public about refugees, advocate with elected officials, and take direct action to support refugees settling in Southern California, in partnership with other synagogues and nonprofits. Opportunities to advocate, educate, or act on refugee issues available HERE. Contact Tyson Roberts for more information about the Taskforce.
Volunteer - You can make a lifelong impact on a child struggling with reading
OUR SCHOOL SITE IN LOS ANGELES
Reading Partners currently serves 100 students in Los Angeles. We transform an empty space of our partner schools into a functioning reading center, providing a positive learning space for students and their volunteer reading partners.
Carthay Center Elementary - 6351 W. Olympic Boulevard
Saturn Street Elementary - 5360 Saturn Street
Wilshire Crest Elementary - 5241 W. Olympic Boulevard
THE VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Our volunteers provide one-on-one reading support each week for one hour, on a set schedule. All reading centers come equipped with the materials and on-site support volunteers need to provide quality tutoring.
Each session follows our step-by-step curriculum. Here’s how most sessions go:
1. Prep (sign-in, review materials, talk to site coordinator, etc.)
2. Tutor read aloud
3. Review reading skills and/or introduce new reading skill
4. Student read aloud
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please visit our website at readingpartners.org or email us at email@example.com
Tikkun Olam is part of the Pressman Academy curriculum at all levels. Students in each grade, K-5, select a nonprofit to support during the year, such as SOVA, Tomchei Shabbos, or Friends of the IDF. Students in the middle school pass out gift cards, water, and cookies to the local homeless population multiple times each year, and make and serve food to the homeless for Sukkot, Purim, and Thanksgiving. Middle school students also volunteer with a number of nonprofits, such as PATH and the Friendship Circle, as part of the Got Mitzvah program.
Temple Beth Am and Pressman Academy each organize a number of interfaith programs over the course of the year, for the TBA membership or for Pressman students. Events in recent years have included hosting Iftar meals in partnership with the Pacifica Institute. The Islah Academy-Pressman Partnership gives Muslim and Jewish students an opportunity to meet and learn from each other multiple times over the course of the school year.
- Ongoing: Food for SOVA
- September 2018: Kitchen Supplies for Pico Union
- October 2018: Diapers & School Supplies
- November 2018: Gifts for Locally Settled Families
- December 2018: Clothing Drive for MLK Day
- February 2019: Baby2Baby
- March- April 2019: Tiyya & Save the Syrian Children
Support the High Holiday Community Drive for the Pico Union Project’s The Healthy Kitchen initiative.
Eating right is about more than the food itself. Equally important are the tools needed to prepare and enjoy that food. This in mind, PUP is helping their PicoUnion neighbors outfit their kitchens properly, so that preparing and enjoying nutritious meals becomes second nature.
Please bring the following items during September and deposit them in the seasonal donation drive bins in the downstairs TBA lobby:
Cookbooks focused on healthy eating (Spanish & English)
Books on food and nutrition (Spanish & English)
Cooking utensils (spatulas, colanders, tongs, large spoons, etc.)
Large bowls, Pyrex dishes, etc.
Dinnerware sets: plates, bowls, cups, etc.
Herbs & spices
DONATE DIAPERS and SCHOOL & ART SUPPLIES for former refugee families supported by the Tiyya Foundation in the greater Los Angeles area. Please bring your donations and put them in the seasonal donation drive bins downstairs at Temple Beth Am. Or you can order items on Amazon and have them delivered directly to Tiyya. Use THIS LINK for diapers, or THIS LINK for school supplies. After putting items in your Shopping Court, choose the Tiyya address for delivery.
Buy a gift for former refugee families settled in Los Angeles or San Diego! Miry's List describes a variety of local refugee families who are in need of specific items. Take a look and see if there are any items you would like to shop for to help refugees in the Southern California area. https://miryslist.org/lists Because of high rent costs in Los Angeles, many more former refugee families are settled in San Diego rather than in the LA area. Help these families celebrate the holidays by sending gift cards, for delivery before December 9, to the address below. You can make a note that you'd like the card(s) to go to a refugee family. Jewish Family Service of San Diego ATTN: Embrace-a-Family 8804 Balboa Ave. San Diego, CA 92123