TBE Day of Service

April 21, 2024, All Day

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As part of our year-long celebration honoring Rabbi Arnie Gluck, we will come together as a community for Tikkun Olam, A Day of Service. ‘Building a better world, one person at a time’ – Ellan Allard.

There will be programs and events for congregants of all ages.

More information is available when you click the blue underlined programs (ex. Elijah’s Promise, Knitting Squares, etc).

Service Projects at TBE

  • Blood Drive (more)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The need is constant; the gratification is instant. There is no substitute for blood. Donors provide the only supply of life-saving blood for those in need.
    • Register  to give blood using this link.
    • To volunteer to work the drive, please contact Jacki Skole (blooddrive@templebethelnj.org).
  • Garden Cleanup
    • Help spruce up the TBE courtyard with planting and weeding. Bring gloves and tools.
    • Contact Rhona Ferling (garden@templebethelnj.org) with questions.
  • Kitchen Prep for Pesach
    • Our Ritual Committee seeks volunteers to  clear our kitchen of chametz, and make our refrigerator, cabinets, and carts Pesach ready.
    • Contact Lisa Schatz (KitchenPrep@templebethelnj.org) from the Ritual Committee to help with this important mitzvah!
  • Library Organizing
    • Our library books have been reorganized and the sections need to be labeled. Help to make our library more user-friendly, shelve some books, and make new friends.
    • Contact Linda Paulanski (library@templebethelnj.org) to volunteer.
  • Paint the HOME Lounge (Room 112)
    • Help brighten our HOME lounge with a fresh coat of paint on the walls!
    • Contact Leigh Freeman (homecoordinator@templebethelnj.org) to volunteer.
    • Maximum of 8 volunteers (aged 13 and older)

Creating at TBE

  • Art Supply Bags – Hosted by the New Member Engagement Committee
    • These bags will provide fun and creative outlets for families coping with housing insecurity.
    • Contact Shiri Shapira (artsupplybags@templebethelnj.org) with any questions.
  •  Cards
    • Get Well Cards (refuah shlemah)
    • Thinking of You cards for Israeli Students at Leo Baeck School
    • Solidarity Cards for IDF Soldiers
  • Elijah’s Promise Snack Bags
    • Assemble snack bags for clients of Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick.  This is a fun, hands-on way to help ensure healthy snacks for those in need.
    • For questions, contact Tamar Yarkoni (snackbags@templebethelnj.org).
  • Homemade Fleece Pet Toys for SAVE Animal Shelter
    • Contact Shiri Shapira (pettoys@templbethelnj.org) for more information
  • Knitting Quilt Squares
    • Knitters needed to knit 7′ X 9′ squares to be donated to the Warm Up America Organization. BYO a #9 knitting needle. We’ll supply the yarn. Don’t worry if you can’t complete it at TBE you can take it home and we will send details of where to drop them off.
    • Contact Linda Paulanski (knittingsquares@templebethelnj.org) with any questions.
  • Dry Soup Ingredient Jars
    • Help assemble dry soup ingredient jars that will be donated to the Food Bank Network for local food insecure families.
    • Contact Jessica Keim (soupjars@templebethelnj.org) with any questions.
  • Project Linus Fleece Blankets
    • Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
    • Contact Stephanie Weiss (stephanieweiss@templebethelnj.org) with any questions.

Advocacy at TBE

Collections at TBE

  • Bike Donations for Pedals4Progress
    • Brotherhood is teaming up with the Sai Baba Community (the group that rents space at TBE on Sundays) to collect and repurpose used bikes and sewing machines.
    • To volunteer, contact Aviram Shapira (brotherhood@templebethelnj.org).
  • Food Bank Network of Somerset County Donations
    • For details of what we are collecting, click here.
    • Contact Evan Lerner fooddrive@templebethelnj.org) with any questions.
  • Giving Network Household Collection
    • The Sisterhood is collecting, gently used, household items for The Giving Network. Click here for a list of what the Giving Network accepts.
    • Please email the sisterhood (sisterhood@templebethelnj.org) with any questions.
      PLEASE- no clothing, toys, books, furniture , art work, or decorations. 
  • Recycling Collection
    • Temple Beth-El’s Green team welcomes you to bring the following hard-to-recycle items to Temple in the week leading up to and on our Day of Service on April 21st: Batteries, Styrofoam packing peanuts, styrofoam blocks, discarded pens, old VHS cassette tapes, and wire coat hangers. We know you hate to put these items in the trash!
    • Please contact the Green Team (tbegreenteam@decarchitect.com) with any questions.
  • Refugee Resettlement Clothing Donations
    • TBE’s refugee resettlement committee is asking for spring/summer clothes for boys (4 and 13-year-olds); girls (7, 11 and 16-year-olds); and modest women’s clothes (sizes 10, 12 and 16) – new or gently used. Meet with members of the committee to learn about the work we do and how you can get involved!
    • Please contact Ronnie Weyl (refugeeresettlement@templebethelnj.org) with any questions. Learn more at  www.ourbethel.org/act/welcoming-refugees/

Community Activities

  • Grow-A-Row
    • TBE Volunteers will participate in a Community volunteer event with America’s Grow-a-Row on April 10. Help cut and plant potatoes, which produce hundreds of potatoes for those in need. Date and location:  April 10th from 9:00-12:00 at 150 Pittstown Rd, Pittstown, NJ 08867 Registration is required.
    • Please email Jeff Rubin at CommunityHarvest@templebethelnj.org to sign up.
  • Food Collection at Branchburg Shoprite – 3166 US-22, Branchburg, NJ
    • Volunteers will ask shoppers to pick up something extra to donate to the Food Bank Network of Somerset County. Shifts from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Contact Evan Lerner fooddrive@templebethelnj.org) to volunteer for a shift.
  • Singing at Laurel Circle – 100 Monroe St, Bridgewater
    • Join the choir in singing Pesach tunes to assisted living residents. Meet at 1:30 p.m., singing begins at 2:00 p.m..
    • If interested, please contact Cantor Risa Wallach.