nai Tikvah is a community grounded in Jewish values acting together to change the world in a positive way. We provide members of all ages and abilities with opportunities to carry out the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world through actions that will make the world a better place. Members are provided an opportunity to affirm the congregation's ethical and social responsibilities to our communities by assisting those communities' service projects through social action and social advocacy and representing the temple in local community outreach programs concerning social and humanitarian issues.
The Social Action Committee will promote hands-on participation in events that contribute to charitable causes and community building, contributing to a variety of charitable organizations, and promoting social advocacy at all levels of community and government, all of which help members increase their awareness of a variety of issues that have a social, political, environmental or religious impact on us as Jews and citizens of the community.
Through our commitment to action, learning, and spiritual connection to others in our community, we provide opportunities for all members to participate in a wide range of social action activities. Through the devotion of time and ourselves, we continue to grow as individuals, deepen connections to each other and strengthen our community, inside and outside B'nai Tikvah. Together we work together to impact the lives of others and participate in the sacred commandment to repair our world.
Tikkun Olam has been expressed by B'nai Tikvah in multiple ways. Here are some of the programs:
Chanukah / Hamantashen Bake — The congregation worked together with the children of the religious school to bake, decorate and distribute cookies to a local nursing home and public servants from our local police and fire departments.
Mitzvah Day — As part of the CHAI program, B'nai Tikvah joins other south area synagogues in a day of social action.
Community Food Drive for Canton Food Pantry -- B'nai Tikvah donates hundreds of pounds of food and necessities to Canton Food Pantry though our High Holiday Food Drive.
Holiday Scarf and Blanket Project -- The religious school will be making blankets and scarves to be donated to those in need.
Sukkot Apple Picking — Our community visited a local apple orchard and picked apples and each family donated a percentage of their harvest to the Canton Food Pantry.
Jewish Family Table — Donate 50 cans of Kosher soup and 25 jars of Peanut Butter
Canton Food Pantry — During the High Holidays and throughout the year, we collect donations of non-perishable food and personal goods to donate to the Canton Food Pantry.
CHAI — Community, Helping, Action, Involvement—South Area Social Action Collaboration—We work together with other South Area synagogues helping the greater community in a variety of social action efforts.
Habitat for Humanity
Brookwood Community Farm — Religious school spends an afternoon at Brookwood Community Farm preparing the fields for next years crops by picking the very last of this year's harvest. The picked tomatoes and potatoes were donated to a local food pantry.
Donations to the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Brockton — There is a collection box in the coat room at B'nai Tikvah where we collect gently worn clothing and shoes. The center provides shelter, food, clothing, medical assistance, vocational training and spiritual guidance.
Please feel free to contact Ann Hartstein via the temple office regarding participating in or organizing a social action event.
Current Action Items
Urge Congress to Pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and
Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act
The Senate passed the combined COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act on April 22 by a vote of 94-1. Together, these bills represent significant progress in addressing rising antisemitism and hate threatening communities throughout the United States. Last month, national Jewish communal organizations called upon congressional leadership to speak out in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and for months they have worked to support the NO HATE Act to confront rising antisemitism.
Please take action today by reaching out to Representative Ayanna Pressley and urge her and the rest of her colleagues to swiftly pass these common-sense bills through the House of Representatives.
1108 Longworth HOB District Office:
Washington, DC, 20515 1700 Dorchester Ave
Phone: 202-225-5111 Dorchester, MA 02124
Fax: 202-225-9322 Phone: 617-850-0040
HELP FEED HUNGRY CHILDREN
COVID-19 has made the hunger crisis, especially for children, even worse. Food insecurity has increased from 1 in 10 to 1 in 5 households with children in Massachusetts.
With a universal school meals policy, every student who wants or needs a school breakfast or lunch would receive meals at no cost to their family. Under proposed legislation, the cost would be covered by the existing National School Lunch Program federal reimbursement combined with a supplemental state reimbursement.
Please contact your state legislators and urge them to pass this important bill during this session.
For further information: Feedkidsma.org