Tikkun Olam: Social Action
Tikkun Olam: Social Action
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!
Seven New Tikkun Olam Task Forces
Want to get involved?
Simply be in touch with your group's team leader to get added to their email list. (Details below).
Greening the Shul
First task: Installing solar panels on the roof
Chanoch Bloom: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dialogue with Difference: Inter-community conversations
Reggie Gray: email@example.com
Grassroots Action: Targeted letter-writing and calls
Rachel Dale: firstname.lastname@example.org
Encountering Hate and Pursuing Racial Justice
Carol Myers: email@example.com
Engaging with Israel & Palestine
Organizing for the Earth - Climate Justice
Noah Fulton Beale: firstname.lastname@example.org
CNK Care Group: Providing immediate practical support to the vulnerable.
Gwen Brodsky: email@example.com
A reminder of the group's organizing principals:
Seven members: Eleanor Brode, Marella Colyvas, Emily Warm, Deb Skovron, Malkah-T Utchenik, Monica Ariowitsch, Gwen Brodsky (Facilitator).
The Care Group understands that amidst the NK renewed focus on tikkun olam for social and environmental action, basic needs for those who are most wanting shouldn't be neglected.
We're organized around one initiative per calendar quarter. The entire NK community is encouraged to participate in the actions that we organize.
We're a mostly virtual group, focused on tzedakah and tikkun olam action, rather than on meetings.
The acts of tzedakah that we perform and encourage in our congregation come from the Jewish value that they are not done as acts of generosity from those with means to those without - but rather, they are acts of justice and fairness to those in our midst.
Upcoming Projects / Areas of Focus:
2nd Quarter = Provision bags for sanitary needs. Tampons, hand santizer, et al., for the homeless population served by CO Cares and/or Bridge House. This is a tremendous and easily overlooked need to help women with basics. We'll guide NK members through the logistics after consultation with NK leadership. Eleanor Brode (Q2 lead).
3rd Quarter = Gleaning. We'll organize a volunteer opportunity for NK members to get outside in August or September to participate in this annual regional opportunity to harvest leftover crops for Emergency Family Assistance (EFA) that otherwise would waste in the fields. Emily Warm (Q3 lead).
4th Quarter = Readying our community with blankets, sleeping bags, and wool socks. After a hugely successful coat drive last December/January, we'll circle up again for blankets, sleeping bags, and wool socks, either donated from our overflowing closets or new. The receiving organization is likely to be BOHO (Boulder homeless overflow). Gwen Brodsky (Q4 lead).
International Violence Against Women Act
We are now planning grassroots lobbying activity in support of the Act, which would require our government to consider the status of women and girls in all our dealings with other countries, including foreign aid. If you’re interested, please contact Rachel Dale (firstname.lastname@example.org), who is organizing our efforts. Thank you.
Boulder Homeless Shelter Monthly Breakfast
The first Sunday of the month, Don Koplen organizes Nevei Kodesh members to serve breakfast at the Homeless Shelter, 5:30am. Please email Don Koplen in advance to see if spots are open for helpers.
Community Table: Serving Meals to the Poor
Give back to our Boulder community the fourth Monday of every month by serving dinner to Boulder’s homeless and working poor. First shift begins at 4:00pm to set up and prepare the food. Second shift is from 5:00-6:30pm for serving the meal and cleaning up. Children and teens are always welcome! It is a fun and lively group of volunteers and a great mitzvah for those who need a hot, filling meal!
Location is at The First Methodist Church at 15th and Spruce Streets in Boulder.
Email Ellen Brock or call (303) 442-0776.