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Current Tikkun Olam Activities

Featured Tikkun Olam Project: New Jersey Together
Over the winter of 2020-21, a BK team has been meeting with Essex County clergy and lay leaders from a wide range of churches, synagogues, and other religious institutions through the organization New Jersey Together. NJ Together has already organized multi-faith coalitions in Hudson and Morris counties, and those coalitions have achieved tangible change for their communities, including victories in organizing around affordable housing, a living wage and criminal justice. 

We are excited to deepen our relationships with other congregations and organizations in Essex County to advocate for change.  Our BK team brought this effort to the congregation at a Zoom meeting on January 19th.  Frank McMillan, lead organizer for NJ Together, provided an overview of the organization’s work and Rabbi Ariann led us in a community-wide discussion on what issues are closest to our hearts, and where we most need to see change. You can still participate in this ongoing conversation!

The next step in our process was a county-wide meeting on March 9, where leaders from our congregation came together with others across Essex County on Zoom for a training & listening campaign launch. 150+ people from 18+ congregations and organizations pledged to engage 1,500+ people in Essex County. This listening campaign will continue through May. We invite you to join this vital conversation by completing this survey.

 

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:

  • 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. 
  • Immigration Reform - We work with a coalition of Jewish and interfaith organizations towards comprehensive reform of the immigration system in the United States.  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.
  • Hesed - The Hesed committee at Bnai Keshet provides support for members of our community who need a helping hand at stressful times.
  • 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 

You can also opt-in to BK's Google Group mailing lists and be a part of BK's TIkkun Olam discussion and find out more about current events:

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

Tue, May 18 2021 7 Sivan 5781