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
- 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 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.
Throughout March, Temple Beth Am is collecting for immigrant families awaiting the outcome of their asylum application in San Diego. Donations will be distributed by the San Diego Rapid Response Network (SDRRN) a coalition of individual and organizations, including Jewish Family Services. We are collecting new or gently-used backpacks and clothes for children or small adults. Underwear should be new. Donations can be deposited in the bin in the downstairs lobby, or you can also donate through their Amazon wish list.
Just in time for Spring Cleaning before Pesah! The Pressman Academy ECC is collecting new and very gently used clothing, baby gear, diapers and books.
Baby2Baby supplies Los Angeles families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12. By distributing new and gently used items to over 50 non-profit organizations, Baby2Baby serves over 67,000 children each year. For a complete list of items collected, click here. Collection bins will be in the downstairs lobby.
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.