We are sending this Mitzvah Moments Online Newsletter a little early to remind you about tonight's Racial Justice Initiative event. Join us!
Your Weekly News & Updates on How You Can Tikkun Olam
Greetings Everyone,

I hope that you had an opportunity to join the Service of Hope & Renewal last night for a deep breath of Shalom. As our clergy shared in a Sunday message “there is much brokenness in our world… and as we spend more time in distance, we are reminded of the power of togetherness, the power of wholeness, and the power of shalom.”

In such a deeply troubling week it is no coincidence that I was reminded by a few different sources that the Greek word “apocalypse” does not mean a catastrophic undoing, rather, it means an “uncovering.” And, I am continually struck by how this pandemic, and the state of our nation, is uncovering (or bringing to light) all of the issues we must wrestle with in our communities, systems and institutions.

A question that is top of mind for me this week is: “Who we will be to each other... as we try to heal our economy, our politics and our cultures?” (source: Krista Tippett)

And so, as we move into the week ahead, let’s focus our attention on how we can help heal our nation — life by life, community by community, day by day.

We hope the newsletter below can provide inspiration.

Tizku l'mitzvah, may we perform many more mitzvot together.
Julie Kreiss
Vice President of Tikkun Olam
Tzedakah & Drives
In Our (Virtual) Tzedakah Box
The TBE Fund
Please consider making a donation to the TBE Fund.

Each year, our TBE Fund ensures our doors can be open to anyone seeking our community. This Fund allows TBE to provide financial assistance to those in need of relief from membership dues and program fees for youth and adult learning programs. We are beginning to experience an increase to these needs and we expect them to grow in the near term.

Click here to contribute, and be sure to select “The TBE Fund” in the drop down menu under “Select the fund to which you would like to donate”
Monthly Collection
Family Table - Donations needed for June Distribution (by June 2)
Jewish Family and Children's Service Family Table is Greater Boston's only Jewish food pantry. As a community, each month we are responsible for supplying 50 cans of salmon and 50 boxes of whole-grain cereal for families in need.

Please click on the link below for our 2 donation options via Signup Genius:

  1. Purchase at the store: Buy 5 cans of salmon or 5 boxes of whole-grain cereal and drop them off at a congregant's home (details provided upon signup).
  2. Purchase online in bulk: Buy at a minimum 12 items and ship them directly to JF&CS at Attn: Bernice Behar, Jewish Family and Children's Service, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451.
Donations are needed by Tuesday, June 2 for the June 7 distribution date to Family Table's clients. You may also sign up to participate in the June 7 distribution via the Signup Genius.
Spotlight: A Local Nonprofit Partner in Need
CommonWealth Kitchen
CommonWealth Kitchen, a partner of TBE's Racial Justice Initiative, strives to build a new food economy grounded in racial, social and economic justice by strengthening the capacity, connections, and collective power of diverse entrepreneurs to start and grow successful food businesses.

COVID-19 has significantly affected their community of food trucks, caterers, restaurants, bakers and product companies. In response, CommonWealth Kitchen has created a new initiative called CommonTable to leverage their powerful network of member food businesses, neighborhood restaurants, farm partners, and community-based organizations to produce delicious, culturally diverse, prepared meals to feed families in need.

As they put it: "Because when you have more than you need, you build a longer table, not a higher fence. It’s a community response to a community crisis."
Upcoming TBE Events
Racial Justice Quarterly Meeting: Getting Along in a Time of Conflict
Monday, June 1 I 7:00 pm
Join our Racial Justice Initiative as we learn from Dr. Maureen Walker, author of When Getting Along is Not Enough: Reconstructing Race in Our Lives and Relationships, about how race plays into our relationships. Reading the book is encouraged but not required.
GBIO Coronavirus Response Campaign Launch
Tuesday, June 9 I 5:30 pm
The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, a coalition of which TBE is a proud and active member, is officially launching their campaign dedicated to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways. Join us as we learn what strategic and powerful steps we can take on issues that matter to us and our neighbors.
Ongoing Opportunities
Wellesley A Better Chance needs volunteers!
Wellesley A Better Chance (Wellesley ABC) provides academically talented and promising young women of color a better chance of educational preparedness through enrollment at Wellesley High School. Wellesley ABC is committed to increasing the number of well-educated women of color assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. 

As they approach a new school year, Wellesley ABC is looking for volunteers to support their Direct Student Support and Services including a Host Family, Academic Advisor, and Health Care Coordinator. Wellesley ABC also seeking volunteers to support their operations, such as events, communications, and fundraising.

Need a mask?
Would you and your family like masks made with love from Abdulkader, a Syrian refugee resettled by TBE, and TBE volunteers? We are honored to offer them to you! A donation of $18.00 per mask is encouraged to assist with Syrian families unemployment, housing, education, medical and emergency needs.
Looking for More Ways to Repair our World?
These are only a small selection of the opportunities we have to repair our world. Click here to see a live, continually updated, list of ways to make a difference.
In Case You Missed It
Family Table: Delivering Impact
TBE member Cheryl Carner reflects on her experience at the May 10 Family Table Distribution.
"Boston taps struggling local restaurants to feed city’s hungry during coronavirus pandemic"
The Boston Herald features  CommonWealth Kitchen's new CommonTable Initiative, a "Win-Win" according to Mayor Marty Walsh.
A Note from our Caring Community
Could you use a helping hand or a listening ear?  
Could you offer your time or skills?
  • Receiving continued check in calls 
  • Participating in a “coffee/tea date” with a congregant 
  • Receiving groceries or supplies 
  • Receiving technology support
  • Making calls
  • Facilitate a “coffee/tea date” with a congregant
  • Shopping and delivering groceries
  • Offering technological support
What is the Mitzvah Moments Newsletter?
This Mitzvah Moments e-newsletter provides a snapshot of upcoming Tikkun Olam events, with links to more information.

The goal of Tikkun Olam at TBE is to provide integrated “Mitzvah Moments” throughout the year which enable the whole temple community to participate in direct service opportunities, education about social justice, and/or collection drives—thereby linking our Jewish values to the act of doing/serving, compassionate giving, and affecting change—in ourselves and in the world around us.
Associate Rabbi
Community Organizer