TALMIDIM CONSIDER POSSIBLE TZEDKAH PROJECTS, BEGIN TO CREATE TZEDEK MENU CHOICES FOR ALL OF TAA
Now that we have heard from expert tzaddikot, we are ready to create our own list and start doing some tzedakah (righteous acts- not just charity!) with our families.
We heard the talmidim share some ideas they had for tzedakah for the environment! They made connections to what Chelsea said this morning about making signs.
We heard students make connections to the story of the banot, and made connections to things they already do in their lives that are tzedakah for the environment!
Soli said that the jaguars needed shelter and protection, so we talked about how we could give local animals more shelter and protection. We heard that Aviva could make a home for a squirrel, Joon shared that her teacher recently made an osprey nest, and Soli shared that his family has a bat house!
Over in the homes for people conversation, Gabe told Julia that lots of people are homeless and that they have a shelter where people can go and how rent is very high
Lemi told Julia that most people that are homeless are kids.
When asked what they would possibly do over break for a project:
Gabe said: "money-- you could do anything with it really."
The talmidim also talked about saying hello to people, making friends, and treating homeless people with cavod, as humans.
When asked to come up with ideas they drew pictures Julia drew herself giving food to a 5 year old
Gabe drew a person with a box giving it to a homeless person. Lemi drew a diagram where you give a homeless person money so they can pay rent and then get a job/car.
The Jewish antiracist workgroup started writing a MANIFESTO.
Jacksanna and Elliot both had things to say to people in power, so they went right from the tzedakah idea to the action: “don’t put families in cages, it’s inhumane.” “Police should not be making people feel different or unwelcome, that is the opposite of their job.”
Rohin recommended giving food and money to neighbors who need it, Noa “added on” to that idea. She was concerned people might be embarrassed receiving stuff so she suggested giving it to an organization instead. Rohin said “OK.”
When we “pictured” what we could do, Rohin saw himself at another BLM parade. Elliot saw a letter to President Biden, Noa suggested Gov Baker.
More on our tzedakah menu soon!