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 Gilda Nassir and Sara Onufer 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.

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

    Pressman Academy Tikkun Olam

    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.

    Interfaith Programming

    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 and community projects with the Tiyya Foundation, sponsored in part by a grant from Islamic Relief USA. 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.

    Social Action Calendar

    Donation Drives

    Ongoing: Food for SOVA

    DONATE FOOD to local families in need through SOVA. Please bring canned meat, tuna, peanut butter, or other canned or dry foods and put them in the SOVA bins downstairs at Temple Beth Am.

    September-October 2019

    High Holiday Toiletry and School Supplies for Underage Asylum Seekers: TBA is collecting toiletries, school supplies, backpacks, and gift cards in partnership with Temple Emanuel and the Esperanza Immigrants Rights Project. You can order online and have items delivered to TEBH, or drop off your donations in the Esperanza bin downstairs at TBA. Go to for suggested items.

    November 1-24, 2019

    Thanksgiving food collection for Pressman Meal for the Homeless

    November 24 - December 15, 2019

    ECC Adopt-a-Family drive

    December 15, 2019 - January 20, 2020

    MLK Day Clothing Drive

    February 2020

    Mishloah manot basket donations

    April-May 2020

    Baby2Baby Donation Drive

    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.

    The Social Action Committee

    Jo Ann Colker-Arison
    Nancy Goldstone, OneLA
    Jerry Krautman, TBA Board
    Sandra Lepson, Sisterhood
    Lia Mandelbaum, TBA Director of Programming
    Henry Morgen, OneLA
    Gilda Nassir, Pressman ECC Parent Association
    Sara Onufer, Pressman ECC Parent Association
    Amir Orbach, JLC
    Paula Pearlman, OneLA
    Susie Pretsky, Pressman Hesed Committee
    Tyson Roberts, Refugee Taskforce
    Kathy Rosenblatt, Refugee Taskforce
    Rabbi Rebecca Schatz, TBA Clergy
    Dianne Shershow, JWW/Operation PB&J/Giving Spirit
    Reut Sklar, Teen Council
    Rabbi Chaim Tureff, Pressman Academy

    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