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Mitzvah of the Month

If you’d like to suggest an organization for next year, or to participate, please contact Alissa Frankel at afrankel@templebetham.com. 

August: Palm Beach County Title 1 Schools: The Jewish Volunteer Center (JVC) is proud to partner once again with the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County to ensure students in Palm Beach County Title 1 schools have the tools they need when they go back to school. You can help us achieve our goal of donating school supplies and books so that these future leaders can return to school in the fall—prepared and with dignity. Thank you for making sure students are set up for success. How to participate: Order from Red Apple’s Amazon Wish List and the supplies will be sent directly to its warehouse, Register to volunteer, or Make a financial donation.

July: Funsepa: Are you upgrading your family’s or child’s technology for the new school year? Temple Beth Am will be collecting your used (must be in working condition) laptops and desktops to send to Guatemala through Funsepa’s Technology to Educate initiative. The Technology to Educate program (TPE) was born with the aim of bringing technology to remote corners of Guatemala in order to improve the educational quality provided to Guatemalan children. TPE technicians refurbish computers for distribution to schools, students, and teachers all over Guatemala. The COVID-19 pandemic made this need even more vital, as school closed and education stopped for many because either the teachers or students did not have access to computers for remote learning. By connecting schools with technology, Funsepa is able to open a whole world of innovation and learning to the students as well as provide education opportunities for teachers including those in rural areas. Funsepa fixes, installs, distributes, and services the computers at no cost, including providing ongoing technical support. To donate your computer, please drop it off at Temple Beth Am all summer long. For more information, please contact Alissa Frankel at afrankel@templebetham.com or 561.747.1109.

June:  Allongé for the Ukraine: The Jewish Volunteer Center of Palm Beach County and 11-year-old Ayel Morgenstern are proud to announce a collaboration to help Ukrainian children. Ayel’s love for ballet and her desire to help others inspired “Allongé for the Ukraine”. Allongé is a French word meaning to reach/elongate, and is often used in ballet. Let us reach together to spread Love and Light, LeHafitz Orr VeAhava, to the Ukrainian children. We are collecting gently used and/or new children’s shoes that will be hand-delivered to Ukrainian refugees in Israel this July. Together let’s help the Ukrainian children stand on their feet again…one pair of shoes and two “soles” filled with love. How you can participate: Please drop off gently used and/or new children’s shoes at the Temple during regular business hours by Thursday, June 23. We will coordinate delivery of the donations to Jewish Volunteer Center.

May: Mental Health Awareness Month: All month long we will be sharing mental health resources, ways to get involved in advocacy, and local awareness events on the Temple’s Facebook page!

April: Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center: Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center is a provider of after school, spring break, and summer camp services for children in grades K-8. Their objective is to provide educational support and increase grade point average and self-esteem. Throughout the month of April, Temple Beth Am is collecting funds to buy a Harvest Table at Simon’s Giving Garden, which is located at the Tutorial Center. The cost of the Harvest Table is $1,700. Simon’s Giving Garden, named in honor of Simon Baker, provides community food, a butterfly garden, outdoor seating, and is a place for students to learn the benefits of healthy eating and how to grow affordable herbs, fruits, and vegetables with an environmental curriculum and STEM activities to improve scientific knowledge. Additionally, container vegetable and herb gardens will be shared to create 200 community gardens that can be planted at home, at businesses, and in Palm Beach County’s vacant lands. Please call the Temple office to make a donation to Simon’s Giving Garden.

March: Pajama Drive: Pajama Program, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for all children to help them thrive. Since 2001, they have provided cozy pajamas to children who are facing adversity, as well as critical resources for parents and caregivers to support children at bedtime. How you can participate: 1) Shop our Amazon wishlist and your donation will be delivered directly to the Temple. 2) Drop off your donation at the Temple—Pajama Program accepts brand new and unused pajama sets for children in newborn, infant, toddler, child, and adult (for teens) sizes. 3) You may also make a financial donation directly to Pajama Program through their website, pajamaprogram.org

February: Mishloach Manot: Our Mitzvah of the Month focuses on supporting our own community. Mishloach Manot are small gift bags of food and treats that Jews traditionally send to each other to celebrate and fulfill the mitzvot of Purim. The Megillah tells us that we should spend this holiday feasting, rejoicing, and showing our unity as a Jewish people. Purchase a Mishloach Manot to give to your friends, neighbors, your child’s teacher and classmates, or ANYONE who makes a difference in your life. Orders are due by March 3. Click HERE to download the order form. 

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