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Tikkun Olam: Social Action

Bikkur Cholim - Supporting One Another

Please contact Doris Fasbender and Elizabeth Otto if you can help offer care in the Nevei Kodesh community.

From taking food to families who are in grief or caring for an ill family member, to giving rides to and from appointments, to paying a call to an ailing congregant, or simply making a phone call to wish someone well.

Perhaps you could contribute a container of soup or a main dish (precisely labeled, of course) once in a while?  Make a phone call?

Whether you can help on a regular basis or just once in a blue moon, we really need your energy and time. Thank you!

Tikkun Olam Sparks

The Tikkun Olam Sparks is a vibrant group of CNK members who join together to make a difference in the world and to inspire others to do so. The Sparks meet monthly on Zoom. Our meetings are open to all wanting to work with us to make change happen. Contact Reggie Gray for times of meetings or more information. Currently, the Sparks are most active on climate change and anti-racism issues. Other potential projects are described under the Possibilities link.

Climate

In October 2021 the Climate Sparks held a Climate Action event with information about global warming and an invitation for participants to commit to actions they will do and to say what they would like the CNK community to do. These groups formed around the input from community members at that event. If you would like to contribute to the effort to further involve CNK in climate action, contact Reggie Gray.

Anti-Racism

We're currently convening an informal group of people interested in attending a free four-session webinar on anti-racism being offered by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. The dates of this offering are Jan. 12th, Feb. 16th, March 30th and May 11th, all at 4 pm local time. This series is led by Yavilah McCoy, a sought-after consultant in the parts of the Jewish world --such as synagogues, Jewish federations, community centers -- that are taking on anti-racism in earnest.

Our plan is to attend these four webinars as a group, and then to follow up with discussions with each other on zoom or in person. This is one of a few ways we'll be working to keep these issues front and center in the CNK community. 

For more information and to sign up for the webinar, click here to get involved

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to: Susan Berman, Sue Chase, Mary Fulton, or Debbie Zucker

Possibilities

  • Postcard Project: CNK members have been writing postcards about voting issues and are waiting for the next campaign. (Ellen Brock) Click here to get involved
  • Food Justice: There are several possibilities under consideration involving food for the unhoused. Check back soon for more info!
  • Bridge House: CNK members have volunteered at Bridge House as individuals—you can too! Click here to get involved
  • FeetForward: This is a relatively new organization helping the unhoused in a variety of ways, including providing blankets, handwarmers, clothing, with particular needs including men's pants and thermal socks, toiletries, and transportation. They are also providing hot meals donated by the local community. You can just show up every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. to volunteer or bring donated items. The Sparks are looking into ways to become involved in a more organized way. Check them out at feetforward.org. They also have a matching grant of $20,000; you can also click here to donate.

Accomplishments

Back in late 2018 and 2019, there was a CNK committee called the Green Team which focused on "greening" our building. Here are some things we did:

  • We did an energy audit of our building and that let to energy efficiency improvements to the building.
  • We put in bike racks.
  • We put in raised garden beds and started gardening.
  • We put in compost bins to recycle our garden waste back into the gardens.

We also ran a fundraising campaign for rooftop solar panels and quickly purchased a solar array to cover our electricity needs. Then we inaugurated our solar electric energy system and held an awesome energy fair at the celebratory Shabbat service. Those solar panels are still working, just about every day! By now, we've avoided creating nearly 30 tons of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel-burning electrical plants with that solar energy system.

  

Here is a picture to see how much less CO2 we've generated in the first 3 years with the solar panel on our roof. Roughly, you could have covered an entire football field with balloons filled with CO2 to a depth of about 10 feet with the CO2 we would have made.  That CO2 in a big balloon would cover a standard football field to the level of the crossbar on the goalposts. After 10 years, we'll have the field filled up to the top of the goalpost. Before its useful life is over in about 30 years, that little solar array will have saved us from filling most of the arena with CO2.

Sat, January 29 2022 27 Shevat 5782