Social Action Monthly Update

SOCIAL ACTION UPDATE

April 2017
 

On April 5 CBH hosted the  2nd annual Liberation Seder with Fountain Baptist Church.  Approximately 200 people attended what proved to be an extremely moving experience. After several joint planning meetings, the cooperative effort came to life with Rabbi Orden and Rev. Williams providing readings that highlighted our unique historical perspectives. Everyone read responsively from a specially prepared litany retelling the harsh experiences of slaves in America but also recounted the glory of African civilizations prior to enslavement. Participants were visibly moved by the readings.  The event raised awareness of the history experienced by our neighbors, while also forging bonds of comraderie.
 

Social Justice Shabbat Service on April 14 featured  Grace Vinokur, Casework Supervisor for the International Rescue Committee, who gave an enlightening presentation on “Refugee Resettlement and Integration in Union County”.   The speaker made us aware of the slow and sometimes frustrating process of assimilating into life in our community.  The IRC is now preparing an educational webinar on how communities can assist the IRC in adopting a family. 
 

Our next Social Justice Shabbat will be on May 12 at 7:30pm and will feature Amanda Block, Director of GRACE’S (Giving and Receiving Assistance for Our Community’s Essentials) Refrigerator, and our own teens, Hannah Wetter and Amalya Cassak who will speak on food insecurity in our community and how GRACE’S Refrigerator and SHIP (Summit Helping its People) are addressing those needs. 
A new opt-in list serve has been created.  This will be a more or less weekly email that is different from the other emails that you receive from CBH because:

 

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This will be a more or less weekly email that is different from the other emails that you receive from CBH because:

These emails will alert you to political advocacy and social justice opportunities that are submitted by any member of the community. The listed activities will not be edited or chosen for content or political positions.

These emails may contain information about non CBH fundraising activities such as a Walk for Breast Cancer. You can post to let others know you will be going to a political activity and seek CBH members to attend with you.

You can opt in or opt out of this list at any time by sending an email to this address: cbhactionalerts@gmail.com .

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Congregation Beth Hatikvah Members Donate Tefillin for Abayudaya Community in Uganda
 

Rabbi Hannah Orden and Cindy Slavin presented Rav Mugoya Shadrach Levi, spiritual leader of Namutumba Synagogue in eastern Uganda, with tefillin to bring back to his Abayudaya (“People of Judah”) Jewish community. The sets of Tefillin were generously donated by Congregation Beth Hatikvah (CBH) members Debbie Kaflowitz, Joel Kampf, Sandy Miller and Jill Shuster.

Rabbi Orden and several CBH members first met Rav Shadrach when he came to a Shabbat service last summer. They also met Yoash Mayende, Director of the Tikkum Olam Nursery and Primary School.

We are continuing to collect Tefillin for the Namutumba community. If you have a set of tefillin from family members they you are not using and would like to donate, please bring them to the rabbi.

A CBH Original: The Tikkun-Olameter

Tikkun Olam means "repair the world" which is a big deal for us CBH folks!  So we decided to make a year long meter (tikkun meter or tikkun-olameter)​ to track how many CBH'ers are doing acts to repair the world. 

We were amazed to see how many of us are doing kind deeds every month to make our planet a better place. We had so many each month that we had to replace the dry erase marker we planed to use with a fine tip one so we could make space for all the good deeds!

Rabbi Hannah Orden and Social Action Chairs Liza Kirschenbaum and Marc Kaufman pose with the yet to be filled out Tikkun-Olameter.

 

Almost filled. Each month, good acts from CBHers are recorded on the Tikkun-Olameter.

Sun, June 25 2017 1 Tammuz 5777