Community of Action
Temple Beth Ami was selected by the Union of Reform Judaism for a special program run by the Religious Action Center. The program is called Pursuing Justice: Becoming a Community of Action.
Last year, our focus was on economic justice and we chose the local topic of the achievement and opportunity gap faced by MCPS (Montgomery County Public School) students. Most of our work was hands-on at South Lake Elementary School in Montgomery Village (10 minutes from TBA). This year we will continue our support of South Lake.
In addition, based upon feedback we received after our Candidates Forum held on June 3, 2018 a new focus will be on civic engagement. Read our report in the September Chadashot summarizing our successful June event sponsored with the Critical Issues Forum and supported by ten other local faith-related organizations.
Activities supporting the South Lake community this year, along with the Tikkun Olam Committee on some occasions, include the following:
- After School Art Club – Do you enjoy helping kids explore art? Don’t mind getting messy with paint, clay and glue? Want to make a difference in the lives of children who otherwise would be home alone or in the care of siblings? Temple Beth Ami’s Community of Action is running an After School Art Cub at South Lake Elementary School in Montgomery Village on
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (3:30 pm – 4:15 pm) from October 2018 – April 2019. We have the curriculum and the supplies; we’re looking for adults and students (HS & MS) to help staff the club. SSL hours are available. B’nai Mitzvah students are welcome! It is not required that you
volunteer at every session, nor that you have previous art experience. For more information, contact Sue Fox.
- Reading Buddies – contact Michelle Freedberg
- Adult English classes – contact Sue Fox
- Box Top Collection – drop off boxes are located in the lobby and school office
- School Supply Drive – Summer with Tikkun Olam
- Coat and Socks Drive – Fall with Tikkun Olam
- Holiday Gifts – Winter with Tikkun Olam
Watch for more news about opportunities for civic involvement in the Chadashot, Up-to-the-Minute emails, on Facebook, and on this page.