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Tikkun Olam at Home

While TBO’s building is closed as we all continue to practice social distancing, our work continues, including Tikkun Olam - social action and the pursuit of social justice. Each week, we’ll bring you mitzvot you can do from your own home. These mitzvot will represent the priorities of our Tikkun Olam Committee, and will offer a variety of actions, from advocacy to hands-on projects to education. By doing these mitzvot, we can direct our time and talent towards achieving one of our highest Jewish values, repairing the world, at this time when it is so sorely needed.

TBO Environmental and Sustainability Sub-Committee

TBO's Weekly Community Connections e-mail will now feature an environmental sustainability Tip of the Week with the hope that you will be inspired to implement some or all of these suggestions in your daily lives. 

See all of the tips here!

Earth Day Shabbat:  Members of this subcommittee presented information during the April 23, 2021 Friday night Shabbat Service.   You can find material they referenced here:


Residential Energy Information Resources

Interested in joining the TBO development and community effort towards the environment and sustainability? Contact Phyllis LeFevre here:

Plant It Forward - Tu B'shvat Tree Planting

This week in celebration of Tu B'Shevat we are giving away tree seedlings in partnership with We Plant it Forward on Sunday, January 31st from 12-2 p.m. in the TBO parking lot.

Here is a link to information on how to pick up the trees

Here is a special video about the Tu B'Shevat holiday and a proper tree planting demonstration:

Check out and enjoy RALFTY's Tu'Bshvat walking playlist on Spotify! 

TBO Racial Justice Sub-Committee

January 27th, 2021
While we are one Jewish people at TBO, our countries of origin, stories, and experiences influence our Jewish expression.  Here are some of the ways that Tu B'shevat is celebrated by Jewish communities in India and Israel

Interested in joining the TBO weekly discussion on Racial Justice? Contact Nancy Agasi here:

Temple Beth Or is exploring becoming a participating member in ONE Wake. Are you interested in learning more about this community organizing group focused on social justice? Read more about ONE Wake here. Also: 

  • explore their website
  • contact Randee Gordon with your questions. (See contact info below)

SAVE the Date: On Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:00-8:00 pm “Learn about ONE Wake” featuring Devin Ross, ONE Wake staff person at:

Recordings from MLK JR./Justice Shabbat with North Carolina’s Reform Jewish Congregations

Here are the recordings from last week's MLK Shabbat Kabbalat Shabbat:
Merge Our Voices for Martin Luther King
Shabbat Service featuring Eric Ward:
Confronting the Machinery of Hate: White Supremacy, White Nationalism, and Antisemitism with Eric Ward


Making Masks for Homeless Individuals In partnership with Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

We are making face masks for the homeless in Raleigh. It can be difficult for homeless individuals to practice social distancing, and many have underlying health conditions that make Covid-19 infection more dangerous. We will make and distribute face masks to help keep them safe. You can drop completed masks at the door outside the Temple Office (please put them in a sealed envelope marked “Facemask”), or mail them to TBO.

Don’t know how to make a mask? TBO member Leni Newell has made a tutorial, that is available here.

To learn more about any of these opportunities please email or call:

Sherri Thorstad,, 919-349-7925

Randee Gordon,, 919-302-0575


Fri, July 1 2022 2 Tammuz 5782