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Hey fellow members of Bnai Keshet,

In a joint effort with the BK Tikun Olam committee and the Pressman Social Action Internship, I am excited to start a campaign to get 100% voter registration at Bnai Keshet.

For those who don’t know, the Pressman Social Action Internship was created this summer to give an opportunity to high school and college students from both Bnai Keshet and Ner Tamid to learn about community organizing and take action themselves. I am responsible for co-leading the group on electoral politics and voting, and have created a committee for civic engagement with Jessica Brater and Lisa Auslander of the Tikun Olam Committee at BK.

The goal of the campaign is 100% voter registration at the synagogue, and that is only possible with your help. We will be calling members of the synagogue to help people register, encourage voting, and confirm who is already registered. If you are already registered please fill out this google sheet with your information to make it easier for us to track our progress and know who in the Synagogue is already registered. We also ask that you share our graphic on social media to help spread the word and encourage other to register.

Another element of this campaign is the youth vote. Given the low voting rates of young voters, and the under-representation of youth in campaign strategies, we are specifically targeting young voters at BK. The Pressman internship is all about empowering the youth and this is one simple way for our synagogue to do so.

Whether you are in high school or retired, we need volunteers to make this happen. Feel free to contact me, if you are interested in making calls.

Phone: 9739513394

Best,

Noam Brenner

Bnai Keshet's commitment to the work of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) is central to our role as participants in the evolution of Judaism. Our work currently includes:

  • Immigration Reform - We work with a coalition of Jewish and interfaith organizations towards comprehensive reform of the immigration system in the United States.  We are prioritizing immigrant and refugee rights this year (2018-2019) as now, more than ever, immigrants and refugees are in greater jeopardy of deportation. We will organize educational sessions, and join with our local and state-wide partners to advocate on behalf of immigrants and refugees such as HIAS (The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society). HIAS and our national and local Jewish organization partners have launched We Were Strangers, Too: the Jewish Campaign for Immigration Reform.
     
  • Montclair Sanctuary Alliance - an interfaith network of congregations, organizations and individuals offering sanctuary to individuals resisting detention and deportation in order to stay together with their families and communities. We stand publicly against the injustices affecting immigrants and support reforms to promote fairness. Click here to Support the Sanctuary Alliance directly.
  • Paterson Habitat for Humanity - once a year, we "pray with a hammer" and help to build a house in Paterson with Habitat for Humanity 
  • MESH - Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless (MESH) partners with churches and synagogues in the Montclair community to serve thousands of nourishing evening meals for homeless and near-homeless residents of Montclair. Bnai Keshet hosts MESH Cafe every Monday night. 
  • St. Paul's Mens Shelter - Bnai Keshet and the Islamic Center of Passaic County (ICPC) jointly volunteer the first Saturday to make and serve dinner to the guests of the St. Paul's Men's Shelter in Paterson. 
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network - IHN provides emergency shelter and a host of other support services to homeless families through a network of houses of worship throughout Essex County.
  • Hesed - The Hesed committee at Bnai Keshet provides support for members of our community who need a helping hand at stressful times.

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Be a part of BK's TIkkun Olam discussion and find out more about current events:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!members/bk-tikkun-olam

Join our Anti-Racism study group to learn about how to recognize and work to dismantle racism:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bk-anti-racism

Please see all Anti-Racism programs here.

If you have any questions about how to get involved,
contact Beth Rubin or Maya Grosz

 

Tikkun Olam in Action at BK

Thu, September 24 2020 6 Tishrei 5781