What’s New in TELEM for ’10-’11?

A Note from Barry Glass, TELEM Director

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 6thand 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.

On the new TELEM partnership front, we’re very happy to welcome two brand new teams who will be participating in the Connecting Generations track. Temple Israel Natick is partnered with Summerville at Fresh Pond in Framingham and Temple Sinai Brookline is working with Chestnut Park, Brighton.  Both Summerville and Chestnut Park are new service sites in our Connecting Generations program and we enthusiastically welcome them to TELEM.

And on the B’nai TELEM front, the number of partnerships has grown from its original 4 partnerships in 2008-2009 to 10 last year to an amazing 15 partnerships this year! We are thrilled to welcome these new teams this year: Beth El Temple Center, Belmont; Temple Chayai Shalom, Easton; Temple Israel, Sharon; Temple Reyim, Newton; and Temple Shir Tikvah, Winchester. B’ruchim Haba’im to our new TELEM student participants and their families! We hope students experience the joys of volunteerism and deep meaning of tikkun olam as they embrace the responsibilities of Jewish adulthood.

There are many other TELEM happenings that you should know about.

Recently, TELEM joined with BBYO/PANIM and other national teen service organizations to support teen ‘summits’ on social justice issues.  These summits are designed to give students an intensive learning and service experience. The first of these summits took place in June in Washington, DC, and focused on the issues of hunger and food sustainability. Bryanne Mahoney, our TELEM Coordinator, joined the summit staff and led a thought provoking, interactive activity on food availability in low income areas.  And, just recently, four teens from Temple Ohabei Shalom’s Hunger and Homelessness TELEM track attended the BBYO/PANIM Summit on Sustainability in New Orleans.  BBYO/PANIM is planning other summits for teens to learn about social justice issues and we’ll be certain to let you know about them. We would be delighted to work with you to enable other TELEM teens to attend these national gatherings.

Please click here to continue reading about TELEM's Teen Community Organizing actions and upcoming TELEM events for the year!