Social Action
21st Annual TBA Women's Interfaith Forum Dinner and Forum
On Wednesday, January 21st, Temple B’nai Abraham's Sisterhood and Social Action Committee co-sponsored the 21st annual Women's Interfaith Forum, a dinner and forum celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. The topic this year was Bridging the Hunger Gap: Presenting Innovative Ways to Address Hunger in Our Own Community. Our moderator for the evening was Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D) of the 27th District, and the panelists included Chip Paillix, President and Founder America's Grow-A-Row, Megan Sweet, Nutrition Education Program Coordinator for the Greater Newark Conservancy, and Diane Riley, Director of Advocacy, Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Approximately 125 guests were in attendance, from more than 10 local houses of worship.
2015 Women's Interfaith Forum & Dinner
2015 Women's Interfaith Forum & Dinner
2015 Women's Interfaith Forum & Dinner
2015 Women's Interfaith Forum & Dinner


The goal of Social Action/Tikkun Olam Committee (SAC/TO), is to provide TBA congregants the opportunity to take part in Tikkun Olam (healing the world) and perform hands-on mitzvot and activities.  We will have volunteer opportunities for adults, youngsters, families, and individuals.  Many of our programs are in partnership with other groups at TBA and I hope that you will find something of interest and get involved either directly through SAC/TO or through another committee, constituency group, or religious school.  You do not need to join SAC/TO to volunteer for activities. Our goal is to be a conduit for providing meaningful opportunities and experiences for Temple members and friends.

Tikkun Olam (healing the world) has long been a watchword of the Temple's Social Action Committee. From the days in Newark to the present, through a myriad of hands-on mitzvot and activities the Social Action Committee has engaged members of all ages in acts of loving kindness and the pursuit of justice, assisting the poor and disadvantaged, dialoguing with other faiths, assuming stewardship of the environment and supporting Israel. The Social Action Committee’s Green Team currently leads the congregation in pursuit of an environmental certification from the interfaith coalition, GreenFaith that encompasses building practices, education, worship and community outreach.

Here is a sampling of our upcoming activities. Please let me know if there is something for which you would like to volunteer:

  • Book-A-Thon/Book Exchange and Collection:
  • Turkey Drive:
  • Martin Luther King Day of Service:
  • Women's Interfaith Dinner and Program:
  • Mitzvah Morning, sponsored with Membership and  Men's Club :
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Hosting: June 1522, 2014
  • Soup Kitchen:
  • Green Team/Environmental Awareness: On-Going
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Partnership: On-going

Lisa Reisboard, Chair