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Tikkun Olam: Social Action

Bikkur Cholim - Supporting One Another

Please contact Doris Fasbender (doris.fasbender@colorado.edu) and Elizabeth Otto (elzbeth.otto@aim.com) 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!

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: keenanbloom@gmail.com

Dialogue with Difference: Inter-community conversations

Reggie Gray: primetimeliving@gmail.com

Grassroots Action: Targeted letter-writing and calls

Rachel Dale: racheldale@comcast.net

Encountering Hate and Pursuing Racial Justice

Carol Myers: cbymyers007@msn.com

Engaging with Israel & Palestine

Jason Appt and Gillian Reingold: jasonappt@gmail.com and gillyana1@icloud.com

Organizing for the Earth - Climate Justice

Noah Fulton Beale: fultonbeale@gmail.com

CNK Care Group: Providing immediate practical support to the vulnerable.

Gwen Brodsky: gwenbrodsky@yahoo.com

CNK Care Group: Update April 2017

A reminder of the group's organizing principals:

WHO
Seven members: Eleanor Brode, Marella Colyvas, Emily Warm, Deb Skovron, Malkah-T Utchenik, Monica Ariowitsch, Gwen Brodsky (Facilitator).

WHAT
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.

WHEN
We're organized around one initiative per calendar quarter. The entire NK community is encouraged to participate in the actions that we organize.

WHERE
We're a mostly virtual group, focused on tzedakah and tikkun olam action, rather than on meetings.

WHY
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).

Contact Gwen Brodsky gwenbrodsky@yahoo.com to get involved!

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 (racheldale@comcast.net), 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.
 

 

 

 

 

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