“And the work of tzedakah shall bring peace.” – Isaiah 32:17"
TIKKUN OLAM NETWORK (TON)
Tikkun Olam Network
Sunday, April 30 | 11:15 am
Please join us at our next meeting.
The Tikkun Olam Calendar is a place for you to share volunteer opportunities that you need more help with, and also a place for interested volunteers to look for opportunities. The calendar is only as good as the content we all contribute, so please check it out!
Tikkun Olam Network Co-chairs
HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Pennsylvania
Refugee Donation UPDATE: February 2, 2017
HIAS Pennsylvania, the local refugee resettlement agency is halting house ware donations until further notice due to The President's Executive Order.
The local drop off site: Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood is asking you to please HOLD your items until the program resumes.
HIAS Pennsylvania, since 1882, has been committed to the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger, as well as the American sentiment of sanctuary. HIAS PA provides legal and supportive services to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society. It also advocates for just and inclusive public policies and practices. HIAS PA does this through four programs: Refugee Resettlement, Immigration Legal Services, Citizenship Assistance, and Asylee Outreach. Main Line Reform Temple has had a long and extensive involvement with HIAS PA helping in a variety of ways, including providing critical assistance with donations of in-kind items for the Refugee Resettlement Program, and volunteering to work with refugees through the American Friends Program. We also have several congregants serving on HIAS PA’s board.
If you are interested in joining these efforts, click here to go to the HIAS Pennsylvania web-site Volunteer page.
MLRT - A Caring Community
One Mitzvah Makes All the Difference
Can you commit to helping a Congregant in need by delivering one meal, or offering one ride to services? Just one mitzvah in the coming month? If so, the Caring Committee wants you, and the Congregation needs you. Contact Linda Gordon or Alyson Solomon if you care!
TIKKUN OLAM NETWORK CALENDAR
Those of us who took a parent child class in our religious school with Rabbi Straus undoubtedly remember trying to balance a lemon on three toothpicks. The goal was to understand that the world (the lemon) is sustained by three things: the Jewish values of study of Torah, prayer, and acts of loving-kindness. It is those acts of loving-kindness--tikkun, or healing the world –that are the focus of the MLRT Tikkun Olam Network (TON). While there are many meaningful social outreach and justice programs ongoing at MLRT, many congregants and religious school students may not be aware of them or feel that they cannot join the effort if they are not a member of that group.
Our goal for the Tikkun Olam Network is to provide an umbrella that coordinates the social justice work that so many of our congregants perform throughout the year, either individually or through a group within the Temple. Whether joining Sisterhood as they prepare Christmas lunch at Calvary Baptist Church, working with HIAS PA (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) to winter proof homes for immigrants, providing reading support to Philadelphia children through WePAC (West Philadelphia Alliance for Children), helping to stock neighborhood food pantries or participating in many other Social Action efforts, there are numerous opportunities through our synagogue and we will strive to ensure that anyone who is interested or has other social action ideas has a place to explore and participate. One of our other goals is to increase involvement of our religious school students and families. We plan to help organize regular and meaningful social action projects and programs into the religious school curriculum as well as for bar and bat mitzvah families. We feel strongly that if one of our goals as a synagogue is social action, then we must impact on our future: our pre-teens and teens.
The past year was one of growth and unity for the TON. One area of focus was food insecurity. In addition to ongoing hands-on work with other local organizations, one of the most exciting areas we worked on last year was a partnership with Mazon’s advocacy arm. Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger, seeks to provide for those who are hungry while advocating for ways to end hunger and its causes. This will be an ongoing theme through the coming year for the MLRT TON and we encourage anyone who is interested to join us as we learn to navigate through the legislative world to affect change for the hungry. If you want to become more involved in the work of TON, contact either TON Chair, Liz Stoller or Beth Allen.
HIAS Pennsylvania Spring Education Series
Welcoming the Stranger: Considering Immigration and Refugee Issues from a Jewish Perspective
Spring 2017 Education Series
All programs will be held in Room 200 of the Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 19103, except where marked otherwise.
Please register for programs online at hiaspa.org/Education2017.
Programs are free of charge with a suggested $10 donation.
Learn and engage with immigration and refugee issues from a Jewish perspective this spring.
Each panel brings together experts that will educate and frame our understanding of important issues
for our city and our nation, including Sanctuary Cities, Refugee Resettlement, Asylum, Anti-Semitism/Islamophobia and more.
Each event will end with time to brainstorm concrete “Jewish responses” to the questions being discussed.
Demonization: Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia in Public Discourse
Emile Bruneau, Visiting Scholar, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Rabbi Yosef Goldman, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel
Additional speaker TBD
Monday April 24, 2017
Conquering “Divide and Conquer” Strategies
Prof. Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Temple Law School, Co-Director, Inst for Int’l Law and Public Policy
Additional speakers TBD
Tuesday May 9th, 2017