On Monday January 16th 2012, teens from all over Boston came together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther Kind Jr and to reflect on social justice issues facing youth across the country. This provided a forum for youth to discuss the issues that matter to them and to find out how to become involved in community organizing to address these shared challlenges. For more information, please visit the YMORE website here!
The Passover Haggadah says, "Let all who are hungry come and eat." Are we really ready and able to feed all those hungry people? TELEM and B'nai TELEM students, families, and community members learned more about hunger in the US and abroad at a Hunger Seder, participating in a Haggadah provided by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. It was a great event we hope to do every Pesach!
If you want to learn more about hosting your own Hunger Seder or having TELEM co-host other events at your synagogue, please email B'nai TELEM Coordinator Emily Reichman.
On January 31st, 2011 TELEM partnered with Temple Ohabei Shalom of Brookline to host Rabbi Natan Margalit of Hebrew College to talk about how food gets from the farm (or factory!) to our tables, and what makes something eco-Kosher. The event was a huge success, with nearly 50 participants, including TELEM and B'nai TELEM students, teachers, and their families. There was an introduction to the topic, text study, and interactive activity.
2010-2011 School Year News:
“I like when the Reading Buddies come visit. We get to do fun stuff we can’t do in school- like read stories and draw pictures.” Tamai, a second-grader at the Medford Boys and Girls Club looks forward to being with her Reading Buddy each week. The buddies play games, help with homework, and read fun stories. Please click here to read further about the JCC's Literacy track of Reading Buddies.
This fall, B’nai TELEM students rolled up their sleeves and lent a hand to local farms all over Greater Boston to help them through the harvest season! Fall is the busiest time of year for farms in New England, and volunteers are crucial to getting all of the produce from the farm to your table. Click here if you want to learn more about these great sustainable agricultral projects!
Hello TELEM colleagues, students, parents and fans! TELEM and B’nai TELEM are off to a great start and we are very excited about the year ahead. This is TELEM’s 6thyear and B’nai TELEM’s 3rdyear and things just keep getting better and better. We’ve got new partners to welcome, special programs and other initiatives that we are really proud to tell you about. Please click here to continue reading about all the exciting happenings in TELEM and B'nai TELEM this year!
It's been said by many that it takes a village to raise a child, and having two teenagers of my own, I can agree whole-heartedly with that snippet of wisdom. Teachers, friends, doctors, relatives, coaches and so many others all play significant roles in helping a young child grow to become the best s/he can be. The broader or bigger the village, the more resources you have to bring to bear on a child's growth and well-being. Click here to keep reading about our new partners and initiatives for the 2009-2010 school year!
TELEM was honored at JCRC's 66th Annual Meeting on June 9th, 2010. Hannah Weinronk of the JCC's Literacy track and Trevor Haas of Temple Isaiah in Lexington spoke about their experiences volunteering in the TELEM program. Click on their names to read their amazing speeches!
Students from Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester had an amazing community service immersion trip in New Orleans during their April vacation. Click here to read more about their experience building and bonding in Louisiana!
TELEM is about people helping people. At the First Parish Cambridge Soup Kitchen, students from Temple Beth Shalom in Needham do just that. They visit First Parish every other Tuesday evening to serve food, schmooze and connect with patrons. Students and patrons both enjoy the opportunity to get to know one another. Click here to read more about Beth Shalom students' terrific work at First Parish.
TELEM is about people connecting with people. At Heights Crossing Assisted Living Facility in Brockton, Temple Beth Emunah students do just that. Click here to find out more about Beth Emunah's creative and unique service projects, especially the prom they hosted for the seniors at Heights Crossing.
Have you ever rolled up your sleeves to help someone, only to find out that what they most need is not what you assumed? B’nai TELEM service projects are designed to provide students with new insights about repairing the world. Temple Beth David of Westwood and the Charles River Center of Needham collaborated on such a project and in the process, expanded the students’ notions of community service and what it means to give back. Click here to read more about this innovative and creative joint project!
B'nai TELEM students from Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton and Congregation Beth El in Sudbury partnered with JCRC's International Partnerships Department to make blankets for children and elderly residents of Dnepropetrovsk and surrounding cities in the Ukraine! Click here to read more about this fun and meaningful service project.