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Tikkun Olam Opportunities While Practicing Social Distancing

While COVID-19 prevents us to volunteer together, social distancing will not prevent us engaging in social action! Select a Tikkun Olam project that you can do on your own or with your family by following the directions below.

These projects can be done at any time.

Bound to Help:  Once schools shut down, Beth El teens Sam and Evan launched a program to help those in need by collecting gently used and new clothing to donate to Interfaith Works. Six teens have been helping them pick up and deliver clothing, but they critically need more volunteers. Email Sam and Evan at boundtohelp2020@gmail.com for details.

Save Moses Cemetery by helping prevent the of demolition of sacred remains of Black ancestors. As Jews, we know all too well how Jewish cemeteries were desecrated during the Holocaust and in recent times. Attend press conferences, sign petitions, make calls to the government and more!  Contact jenodintz@gmail.com to learn more.  Please help!

Bethesda Help provides emergency food, rent ,and more for 3 days to those in need. Sandra Cohen is involved in this nonprofit, and Shelley Ducker at shelleyducker@gmail.com  is collecting food donations (contactless) and seeks drivers. Bethesda Help also seeks volunteers to retrieve client messages from their homes by entering the organization’s voicemail and also needs drivers. Contact info@bethedahelp.org or 301-365-2022.

Save a Life! Contactless Swabbing for Bone Marrow Registry. Sadly, many leukemia patients have not found an exact match to receive life-saving, bone marrow transplants. Ezer Mizion is the largest Jewish bone marrow registry and affiliates with the National Marrow Donor Program. 18 to 45 year-olds who haven’t already joined the registry may email Ryan Hyman ryan@ezermizionusa.org for a simple swabbing kit that will be mailed to your home. Contact Fran Rubin at farphd@farbob.com for more info.


Kol Nidre Food Drive for Manna Food Center: Sunday, September 27, 10:30 am-2:30 pm. Our annual Kol Nidre Food Drive for Manna Food Center is still an important part of our Tikkun Olam efforts. The need for non-perishable food has skyrocketed in Montgomery County due to Covid-19. Contact-free drop-off instructions: Drive up to where the blue bins will be put out, place items in the blue bins, and drive off. One car at a time, please wear a mask and respect social distancing guidelines. As the bins fill up, Manna drivers will put the filled bins in the truck and replace them with new bins.

Save the Date! Sunday, October 25 is Mitzvah Day. Look for more details in the October Scroll and Beth El announcements. Contact chairs Jon Polon at Jonpolon@hotmail.com, Donna Shimshi at donnashimshi@gmail.com, and Geoff Chesman at
geoffchesman@gmail.com for more information.


Other Tikkun Olam Opportunities

This spreadsheet includes Tikkun Olam opportunities at Beth El. The activities are listed by category so that you can easily find projects that interest you. There is information for each project, including a Beth El contact. Websites are included for you to learn more about different organizations that Beth El partners with. If you are interested in any of these projects, please get in touch with the Beth El contact listed.

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