Social Action

A Time for Repentance and Action

Posted on June 7, 2020

Dear friends, As Shabbat arrives this evening, we say goodbye to another tumultuous week. Many of you have shared the strong emotions you are feeling as we process a precarious shift from lockdown to tentative re-openings that feel precipitous to many of us. We continue, as well, to sort out our feelings and emotions about Continue Reading »

Taking Our Youth Beyond the Synagogue Walls

Posted on April 7, 2020

Over the past two months, our teens have participated in a number of terrific travel experiences. Our TBE over night experiences are designed around Shabbat, to offer our teens the opportunity to further develop their Jewish identities through meaningful, hands-on learning and authentic Jewish experiences beyond the walls of the synagogue. Another central cornerstone of Continue Reading »

To Everything (in Your Compost-Pile) Turn, Turn, Turn…

Posted on May 8, 2019

“Turn it and turn it, for everything is in it,” said Yohanan Ben Bag Bag, a Jewish sage living and writing in the first century. To him, the Torah encompassed the entire universe, and to understand its wisdom, one must read it over and over, uncovering a new layer of meaning with each turn of Continue Reading »

NFTY-GER Teens Make a Difference in their Communities

Posted on January 9, 2019

NFTY is steeped in a rich history of social activism. We are commanded by our faith and urged by tradition to continuously seek to improve our world. The values of tikkun olam and tzedek are some of the fundamental pillars of our organization. The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stressed the extraordinary power that Continue Reading »

Urban Mitzvah Corps: Recognizing Privilege

Posted on November 13, 2018

This week we participated in a program to help us learn about privilege. In the program, we were asked questions regarding certain privileges we may have and depending on how we answered the questions, we took a step forward or backwards. I found this program very impactful, as it made us more aware of privileges Continue Reading »

Teen Activists of TBE

Posted on May 2, 2018

Every movement has a flashpoint that helps create a new generation of activists. Count TBE’s Erica Milgram, 18, and Mitchell Friedman, 17, among the young people across New Jersey and the country who say  they will no longer stay silent on issues impacting their generation and the world. Both say they were called to action Continue Reading »

Our Teens Experiencing and Changing the World

Posted on March 1, 2018

Our teens have had several terrific travel experiences over the past two months. In January, we launched a new overnight trip to New York City for our eighth and ninth graders. It was a tremendous success. We had fun and still learned so much. The itinerary included visits to the historic Central Synagogue for Shabbat, Continue Reading »

Jamie Pear: Repairing the World by Working with Children

Posted on January 2, 2018

Childhood examples of tikkun olam helped inform Jamie Pear’s life’s work. Jamie, a TBE member and resident of Bridgewater, has spent much of her career helping children, and training others to serve the most vulnerable among them. Jamie says she has “always been passionate about working with children,” following in her mother’s footsteps to devote Continue Reading »

What Judaism Means to Me

Posted on January 2, 2018

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt of remarks made by Shelley Drozd during Yom Kippur’s Reflection Service. We enjoyed it so much we wanted to share her words with you. I feel my Judaism in my DNA. I come from a long line of Glasers who arrived in this country from Latvia in the Continue Reading »

Repairing the World…One Mitzvah at a Time

Posted on November 7, 2017

It has been a busy fall for Social Action at Temple Beth-El. We worked closely with Rabbi Gluck preparing for the Many Faiths, One Home interfaith event on October 29, which is focused on caring for our world. One of the initiatives stemming from that event is a decision to become a founding member of Continue Reading »