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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. 

January: Book Drive - Let’s start off the new year with a mitzvah for kids! We’ll be collecting new and gently used books (everything from preschool to high school chapter books) during the month of January. All donations will be distributed to Palm Beach County schools. It’s a great way to make space on your bookshelves and pass along books that your children have enjoyed and outgrown. How you can participate: Drop off your book donations in the indicated bin under the TBA portico during business hours. General collection will run from Tuesday, January 5 to Friday, January 22. (TOS families, feel free to drop off books during your carpool lines. Religious School families can drop off donations during school through Sunday, January 24.) Thank you in advance for participating in this educational mitzvah!

December:  Sustaining the Light: Social Justice Guide to Hanukkah – In the middle of winter, we gather together around the Hanukkah lights, spin the dreidel, and eat latkes and jelly donuts, celebrating the festival of Hanukkah. Hanukkah takes its name of “dedication” from the Maccabees’ rededication of the Temple after their battle against King Antiochus. By returning to and reclaiming the Temple, the Maccabees recommitted themselves to a Jewish way of life, to all that they held dear. Thus, Hanukkah asks us to rededicate ourselves not only to our Judaism, but to the values we place at the center of our faith. In particular, Hanukkah can be a time when we rededicate ourselves to the work of tikkun olam, repair of the world. Each week in December, we will focus on an issue connected with Hanukkah: the environment, economic justice, children’s issues (including child slavery, child poverty, and bullying), and religious liberty. These themes are linked by the theme of sustainability. As our ancestors worked to keep the light in the Temple burning from generation to generation, we work towards creating a just society that will endure from generation to generation—a society in which all of its members live in a dignified way, which preserves the environment and our natural resources, which protects and nurtures our children, and which continues to be a beacon of religious freedom. As we increase the lights of Hanukkah, adding a candle each night, so too might we, by our actions, bring new light to the world: light to those living in poverty, light for our fragile ecosystems, light for all of our children, and the light of religious liberty.

November: Back to Basics Holiday Drive  – The Back to Basics Angel Program provides nearly 8,000 needy elementary school students with the basic necessities of NEW sneakers, socks, underwear, and a wrapped toy each year during the holiday season.   How to Participate: 1) Email Alissa at afrankel@templebetham.com to receive your wish card(s) via e-mail with a child’s name, age, and sizes on it. If you prefer to donate an Amazon or Walmart gift card, we will do the purchasing for you! 2) Wrap your gifts and tape the child’s name to the outside of your gifts to show the child’s information. 3) Return gifts to Temple Beth Am during the designated drive-thru on Sunday, December 6 from 9:30am–12:00pm. 

October: Loggerhead Marine Life – Loggerhead Marine Life is a nonprofit sea turtle hospital that promotes conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Celebrate the International Coastal Cleanup with Loggerhead Marine Life. Stop by LMC any Saturday from 10:00am–1:30pm to participate in a self-guided beach cleanup! They will supply beach cleanup materials on the back deck by their marine debris sorting station. If you bring back a full bag of debris, you will receive a free shirt for your efforts! (while supplies last) Stop by anytime during the duration and help keep the very beach that our turtles call home free from trash and litter. Bring a reusable water bottle, mask, garden gloves, and buckets (we also recommend bringing your own cloth/recycled bags). Address is 14200 US Highway 1 in Juno Beach.

Mon, January 18 2021 5 Shevat 5781