Social Action

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

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.

Refugee Taskforce

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.

The Giving Spirit & Operation PB&J

Temple Beth Am assembles and distributes survival kits to the homeless during the Winter Holidays (with The Giving Spirit) and at Purim (Operation PB&J). Contact: Dianne Shershow for more information.

Pressman Academy Hesed Committee

The Hesed Committee provides support and assistance for families in need within the Pressman community and beyond. Contact Susie Pretsky for more information.

ECC Social Action Committee

The ECC invites families to participate in social action activities to build community and help others. Contact Dorit Shub for more information.

Teen Council Tikkun Olam

Temple Beth’s Teen Council includes Tikkun Olam and Social Action activities among its programs. Contact Reut Sklar for more information.

Habitat for Humanity

Temple Beth Am is part of the Habitat Jewish Coalition, working to help local families in need of housing. Contact Dianne Shershow for more information.


Become a mentor! Imagine LA is a non-profit Family Empowerment and Mentorship Program that provides mentors to families who have exited homelessness, and are on their journey to self-sufficiency. Contact Lia Mandelbaum for more information.

Reading Partners

Volunteer - You can make a lifelong impact on a child struggling with reading

  • Give as little as one hour per week. We welcome more!
  • Flexible weekday volunteer times are available
  • Follow a highly effective, structured and easy-to-use curriculum
  • No formal teaching experience required

    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

    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


    Please visit our website at or email us at


    Big Sunday hosts and/or sponsors special events EVERY SINGLE DAY IN MAY!
    For more details:

    Social Action Calendar

    Quick Contacts

    Lia Mandelbaum

    Titles: Director of Programming and Engagement
    Phone Numbers:
    Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 215

    Ariana Shane

    Titles: Membership Coordinator, Assistant to the Executive Director
    Phone Numbers:
    Work: 310-652-7354 ext. 223

    Sandra Braun & Rosana Chermisqui
    Sisterhood Co- Presidents

    Joel Cooper, & Sasha Ezros
    Men's Society Co-Presidents