TBT IN ACTION - Repairing the World One Mitzvah at a Time


At Temple Beth Torah social action is a cornerstone of our community.  Multiple projects take place throughout the year, some ongoing, some one time.  If you are interested in any of the projects below -- whether it's just dipping your toe in the water or jumping in all the way -- please let us know. Call Ken Baer at 631-549-2821 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  


 

AUGUST
Backpack & School Supply Drive for Underprivileged Children in our Community
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Over the past several years we have collected over 1000 donated backpacks filled with school supplies which have been distributed through the Half Hollow School Districts elementary school.  For more information or to help, contact Mary Resnick-Chan at 631- 491-0298 (evenings)

Help Suffolk Day     (Click here for flyer)
A project of our Interfaith committee in coordination with St. Matthew Church, donated items are distributed each August to needy families at the largest homeless shelter on Long Island.  Contact Rabbi Susie Moskowitz at 631-643-1200 for more information.

SEPTEMBER
High Holiday Food Drive for Mercy Inn 
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Collection bags will be distributed on Rosh Hashanah. Please fill them with non-perishable food and return them to the Temple as you arrive for worship on Yom Kippur Day for donation to The Mercy Inn. TBT contacts are Marylyn Lieberman at 631-491-0525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Robin Baer at 631-549-2821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NOVEMBER
Thanksgiving Packing at Wyandanch Church (November) 
Join the annual "human assembly line" or volunteers from TBT and Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church in Wyandanch to prepare boxes of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients for local families in need. TBT contact is Jodi Mishkin at 516-413-5122 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NOVEMBER or DECEMBER
Island Harvest Turkey & Trimmings Collection Site (November or December)

As part of the annual Island Harvest holiday food drive, TBT will be fielding a team of volunteers to staff a local supermarket collection site on a weekend afternoon in November or December. TBT contact is Jeff Silverman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Toy Drive to benefit the Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center in Wyandanch (December)
Help provide a happy holiday season for local families in need. Please bring your donations of new, unwrapped toys for children from infants to twelve years of age. A collection box will be located in the Temple lobby

DECEMBER
Blood Drive
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The supply of donated blood on Long Island needs constant replenishing. At our annual winter and summer blood drives, you can either to donate a pint and/or volunteer to help make calls or assist on the day of the drive. TBT contact is Daryn Perry at 631-470-2360 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MAY
USPS/Island Harvest Food Collection and Sorting 

This is the day when everyone can place non-perishable food by their mailboxes and their letter carriers will pick up the food when they deliver the mail. Volunteers then work with Island Harvest to sort the food for distribution to local soup kitchens and food banks.

JUNE
Blood Drive     (Click here for flyer)
The supply of donated blood on Long Island needs constant replenishing. At our annual winter and summer blood drives, you can either to donate a pint and/or volunteer to help make calls or assist on the day of the drive. TBT contact is Daryn Perry at 631-470-2360 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

JULY and AUGUST
Wyandanch Camp
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For over 20 years, TBT members have enriched the bare-bones summer day camp for local needy kids at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church in Wyandanch through donations to sponsor activities or by volunteering to share their talents or just read a book one-on-one with a child. TBT contact is Janice Hassenfeld at 631-491-5195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Lend a Hand Project (formerly M'Yad L'Yad)       (Click here for Web site)
Individuals are matched with a specific local Jewish family in need and periodically send them basic necessities such as clothing, household goods, and holiday items. TBT contact is Rabbi Rachel Wiesenberg at 631-643-1200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Israel Holocaust Survivors Project      (Click here for Web page)
Believe it or not there are 180,000 living holocaust survivors in Israel. Tragically, 40,000 of them are living below the poverty level! Israel organization LATET helps these people with food and services. Temple Beth Torah's Social Action Group has developed a campaign to help LATET. Each $1000 we contribute will help a holocaust survivor for one year.


 

For additional information about Social Action Committee projects or to join the committee please contact:
Ken Baer at 631-549-2821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.