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Social Action

Social action is a core component of TBE Youth clean the Ozone House sign during a day of actionhow we build community at Temple Beth Emeth and how we make change in the world. Our Steering Committee meets monthly on the third Monday at 7:30 pm on Zoom. During our meetings, we discuss ongoing work, new opportunities, and potential initiatives we can lead at Temple Beth Emeth as well as how we can collaborate with other organizations in the broader Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. We have a number of work groups that plan activities and programs. We welcome your ideas about how to deepen our connection to Jewish values through tikkun olam, repairing the world. Join us!

The Social Action Committee has criteria for deciding which programs to support and get involved with - check out our criteria and decision-making model HERE!

Please sign up for our Social Action @ Temple Beth Emeth newsletter HERE. You can contact the Vice President for Social Action, Naomi Goldberg, or Committee Chair, Cathy Marshall by  emailing  socialaction@templebethemeth.org

Education and advocacy activities include civic engagement and voter registration drives, the TBE Dayenu Circle focused on climate justice, congregational social justice book discussions, a series of June for Justice Shabbatot, supporting refugees joining our community with Jewish Family Services, anti-racism work, and more. 

Direct Service Opportunities include these recurring opportunities:

  • The Back Door Food Pantry is a collaboration between Temple Beth Emeth, St. Clare’s Episcopal Church, and the Muslim community to provide food to all those in need. Volunteers are needed to receive, unpack, and shelve food and to prepare and distribute food. To volunteer, contact Ellie Davidson, elliewdavidson@gmail.com, for more information. 
  • Food Gatherers Community Kitchen, located downtown at the Delonis Center, provides 20 meals per week to those in need. Temple Beth Emeth volunteers work in the kitchen to prepare meals and serve the residents once a month on the second Saturday of the month. Volunteer shifts are from Noon - 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. Volunteers can be as young as 12 if accompanied by a parent. Email Ketl Freedman-Doan, cfreedman@emich.edu, to join the volunteer list or learn more. 
  • Alpha Housewhich supports families experiencing housing instability, is a collaboration of the Interfaith Hospitality Network. The shelter provides so much more than housing relocation. Staff and volunteers help with life skills, tutoring and mentoring. Four times a year volunteers from Temple Beth Emeth and St. Clare’s, including family groups, work together to plan and prepare meals as well as visit with families in the shelter. In 2024 we need volunteers for the weeks of 3/4-3/10, 5/27-6/2, 9/2-9/8 & 12/16-12/22. Sign up for our Social Action email distribution list to learn more or reach out to Rachel Egherman at tellrachel123@gmail to get added to the distribution list specific to Alpha House.
    Each quarter, we purchase needed supplies and food items to re-stock the shelter shelves. We need ongoing donations to cover the costs of these items. To make a financial donation that allows us to provide these needed supplies and pantry items, please follow https://www.templebethemeth.org/make-a-donation and choose the Social Action Fund near the bottom of the form – click on YES for making a Tribute and then write in Alpha House.
  • Rotating Shelter is an interfaith effort through the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County to provide warm, safe shelter, meals, and community to people experiencing homelessness. Typically around Thanksgiving, Temple Beth Emeth members alongside St. Clare's Church members make meals, serve as overnight hosts, and provide transportation to members of the Washtenaw County community who are experiencing homelessness. Sign up for our Social Action @ Temple Beth Emeth email to learn more or contact Miriam Shaw at mbs1115@yahoo.com.
  • Jewish Congregations Organized for Resettlement (JCOR) is a collaboration among six Ann Arbor Jewish congregations organized to help newly arrived refugees start their lives in Ann Arbor. JCOR's mission is to help refugees re-establish their independence, orient to American culture, and develop a firm footing in their new home in the United States, and more specifically Washtenaw County. JCOR’s member congregations are Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan, Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation, Beth Israel Congregation, Jewish Cultural Society, Pardes Hannah, and Temple Beth Emeth, with fiduciary support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor. JCOR was established in response to a request from Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County to partner with them to help settle newly arrived refugees. For more information, email Ketl Freedman-Doan at: cfreedman@emich.edu

Take action to prevent gun violence

1.    Call your representative in Congress about reinstating the assault weapon ban. 

2.    Access the “Everytown for Gun Safety” website (everytown.org) to join nearly 10 million Americans working to end gun violence. 

Select “Take Action”
Suggestions for actions to help end gun violence will be displayed. 

3.    Call your state legislators and stress the need to pass gun safety laws and oppose gutting current gun laws.

Text “FED UP” to 644-33 

4.    Attend coffee hour chats with your city council leaders and representatives, express thanks for their support of gun legislation, and emphasize the continuing need for their efforts to make the safety of our community a priority. Demand continuous funding of community based violence intervention programs.

5.    VOTE, with the knowledge of which candidates will stand up for gun safety if elected (gunsensevoter.org).

6.    Participate in marches and events in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and neighboring communities.

7.    Get involved in organizations that fight to reduce gun violence, such as:

Religious Action Center of the Union for Reform Judaism (RAC/URJ)
Moms Demand Action (grassroots movement fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence)
Students Demand Action (student activists committed to ending gun violence)
Giffords Center for Violence Intervention (gun sense movement working in all 50 states to change policy and challenge injustice)
End Gun Violence Michigan (focused on state-based gun violence reduction policies and programs)
No Future Without Today (student-led social welfare initiative organized by survivors of the OxfordHigh School shooting)

Resources
—    The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (988) and the CARES line (734-544-3050) are available 24/7 to answer questions and provide assistance for mental health issues.
—    “Be Smart for Kids” (besmartforkids.org) promotes secure gun storage and is dedicated to raising awareness of parents, caretakers, and community leaders.

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