Social Action (Tikkun Olam)

“You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” – Deuteronomy 10.19

Temple Beth Or has many opportunities for our congregants to make the world a better place with social action and social justice initiatives. Through this work, we can build meaningful relationships both within our Temple community and in the wider Pascack Valley and global communities. Our programs and activities are open to all—young children, teens and adults who want to get involved for one hour, one project or on an ongoing basis.  This is an opportunity for the entire TBO Community (and soon to be Kol Dorot: A Reform Jewish Community) to engage in the important work of tikkun olam, repairing the world.

We welcome new ideas, new participants, new leaders, and new suggestions.  Please contact Rachel Bock ( or Jamie Steinberg ( for more information.


Honorable Menschen – Recognizing the Mensches Among Us

Do you know of a Temple member who is truly is committed to social action and personifies the attributes of a mensch?  We want to get to know them too.  By clicking here you can nominate someone as our next mensch.  Just tell us briefly why you think they are mensch and the best way to contact them.  We will take it from there.

Spotlight on our most recent mensches:

Danielle Manis 

For the past 10 years, Danielle has poured her energies into Relay For Life of Paramus, one of more than 5,200 community-based Relays for Life that together comprise the signature fundraiser cancer walk for the American Cancer Society.  As the Survivor and Caregiver Lead, Danielle works year-round in preparation for the annual walk at Paramus High School.  (read the full story here.)

To learn more about Relay For Life, follow the link below.  You will be able to sign up to volunteer or participation while on the website.

Relay For Life/Cancer Walk/ Cancer Fundraising Events

Kari Heitzner

Kari volunteers at the Rockleigh Jewish Home and the Bergen County Health Care Center.  She works with the seniors helping with Arts and Crafts, current event planning and reading programs.  She also coordinated Jewish themed movies and leads a lively discussion following the film.  She is looking forward to the merger of TBE and TBO and hopes to establish more events for our new community.  (read the full story here.)

Social Action Opportunities

Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee

The Social Action/Tikkun Olam committee is meant to be the nucleus for Temple Beth Or’s social action programming. It serves as a liaison to committees, affiliates and the board on social justice issues.  The committee provides a launching pad for congregants and committee members to recommend and support new and existing social action programming.

Join us for our next Tikkun Olam meeting.  Contact Please contact Rachel Bock ( or Jamie Steinberg ( for more information regarding date and time of our next meeting.

Housing the Homeless (Family Promise)
March 31 – April 7, 2018
Chairpersons: Nancy Gross and Wendy Weiss

Kol Dorot serves as a host home for several families from our area. We work with Family Promise to provide comfortable accommodations for our guests (turning classrooms into bedrooms), meals, companionship, transportation and a variety of necessities and niceties donated by our members. Nancy and Wendy can be reached through email:  Nancy Gross at  and Wendy Weiss at

There will be opportunities to help in various way. As you will see on the sign-up sheet, you can cook/serve dinner, engage in activities with the adults and/or children, help set up beds, shop for supplies and sleep over as an overnight chaperone.

Follow this link to learn more about Family Promise

Caring Community
Serving congregants as needed 
Contact:  Lisa Davis

Repairing the world often begins at home. Our volunteers serve Temple members in times of need with home delivered meals, challahs on Fridays, Shloshim (30-day period following burial) calls, and companionship. The mitzvah of bikur holim literally means “visiting the sick.” The caring committee regularly calls on congregants who may have recently lost a dear one, spent time in the hospital, can’t get out much anymore, or simply feels a little lonely. Lisa Davis can be emailed at

Food Pantry Needs Your Help!

Temple Beth Or serves as a permanent year-round food collection site for the Hillsdale Helping Hand Food Pantry.

Please drop off any of the following needed grocery items located in the front lobby of our House of Light: canned fruit & vegetables, canned meat & tuna, applesauce, ketchup, rice, flour, sugar, vegetable oil, peanut butter & jelly, mayonnaise, hot & cold cereal.

Mark Samitt Run
Mark the SPOT! | Melanoma Research Foundation

Named after our congregant, this organization was founded by Mark Samitt who was diagnosed with melanoma. This is an awareness program for the stylist community. This program is designed to create awareness among the hair stylist community about spotting unusual moles or lesions during the routine styling process.  Every year since Mark’s passing, Temple Beth Or has organized a fund raiser to help support this important organization. If you would like to volunteer, either as a participant or helping to promote and organize, please contact Beth Blackman at 201-664-7422.


Advocacy Projects