Social Justice Monthly Update - November 2018

See below for information on Read Aloud Day and Raise the Roof.

October was a busy month! The Social Justice Committee, along with many congregants and students, joined together on October 14 to participate in the Crop Hunger Walk to raise money and awareness for hunger relief locally and around the world. We had a beautiful day and a great turnout from TBT. Rabbi Offner, along with State Rep. Sean Scanlon, kicked off the walk. Rabbi Offner’s words, taken from Leviticus, reminded us what the Torah says about sharing our crops and feeding the hungry. After her opening, the group walked from Jacob’s Beach to the Guilford Green and back again. Check out our pictures (below, left and middle) and thank you to all of the TBT members who came out to join the walk and support this worthy cause! We hope to do it again next year.

On October 16, the Social Justice Committee sponsored a very successful Candidate Forum (above, right) at TBT on October 18 which included all of the candidates for State Senate and State Representative for the Guilford and Madison area. The forum drew a huge crowd of both congregants and community members from Madison, Guilford and Clinton, who came out to hear their local candidates answer questions on a range of issues. The candidates spoke on topics ranging from gun control and tolls on the road to how to work civilly with one another. Thanks to the expert moderators, Selectman Al Goldberg and Joe MacDougal, the candidates stayed on track and the dialogue was civil and informative throughout the night. Rabbi Offner ended the evening by imploring everyone to vote on November 6. A special thanks to the moderators and to Al Goldberg, Jill Lesage, Jeff Babbin and Rabbi Offner for all of their help in organizing and publicizing the event with the Committee

Want to get involved with some of these events? Mark your calendars for out next event -- Mitzvah Day – December 16 from 9:30-noon. Want to be part of the day? No problem! E-mail Sarah at and Tina at and volunteer just for the day of the event. We welcome your participation!

Read Aloud Day at Ross-Woodward: Classical Studies Magnet School

Once again, TBT will be participating in Read Aloud Day at Ross-Woodward Classical Studies Magnet School at 185 Barnes Avenue in New Haven on Tuesday, November 13 from 10:00-12:00.

All are invited to participate—books are provided and light refreshments will be served. Ross-Woodward is easily accessible from Rt. 80, I-95 (exit 51) or I-91. Carpooling along the shoreline can be arranged! The children look forward to our visits and this is a wonderful chance to promote literacy and model good reading habits.

Raise the Roof Your Shoreline Habitat Connection

Work on the 14th house with Raise the Roof/Habitat continued with our team of enthusiastic volunteer builders. The photos below show the house before work began (left) to its present state. (right).

The home should be completed by the end of the year when the keys to the house will be turned over to the Sanchez family. A dedication ceremony will take place at that time to mark the happy occasion.

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Our Social Justice Committee works on many projects unique to TBT and in conjunction with other social service agencies. You can get involved in:

  • Working with Madison's Raise the Roof, TBT participates in at least two Habitat for Humanity builds each year.

  • Cooking for the Community Dining Room in Branford, CT.

  • Food drives which help to keep hunger at bay all year long for our neighbors in need.

  • Distributing back packs to local school children each fall.