Summer 2019 NEWS from the Social Justice Committee!


The backpack drive, headed up by Bette Zollshan, is going on right now. Our congregants have been wonderful supporters of this program in the past and I hope we will continue to be able to provide hundreds of children in our local communities as well as in New Haven with their much needed NEW backpacks and school supplies.

Please send in your donation noting it's for the drive or call the office and charge your donation.
It's that easy!

In August, we need a few volunteers to sort the backpacks and supplies by community. It only takes about an hour or two. Look for the volunteer request in one of the weekly blasts.

Enjoy the summer. - Tina

If you are interested in joining the Social Justice Committee.
please contact Tina at tslids@

Several projects have been completed with huge success -
thanks to our kindhearted and willing congregants.

The Online Food Drive 522 lbs.of fresh food was purchased by many of our generous congregants. Thank you to all who participated. The Community Dining Room in Branford thanks you. You can feel good knowing that they will be able to draw as needed from 522 lbs. of healthy fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, milk, and eggs to prepare nutritious meals for their dining room participants and homebound clients. Ken's Closet Clothing Drive Thank you to everyone in our TBT community who generously responded and donated to this worthy cause. You have helped make this fundraiser a success by all standards.

Ken’s Closet staff has advised us that TBT has donated literally hundreds of usable items of clothing. Thank you as well to Janet Hershman who so ably coordinated with JFS, Ken’s Closet, and our very capable administrative team, Bonnie Mahon and Kim Romine, without whom this effort couldn’t have succeeded.

Raise The Roof Your Shoreline Habitat for Humanity Connection
Our 15th House Build!
Temple Beth Tikvah volunteers came out in full force on Sunday, March 24, to help complete the future home of Maritza Rodrquez & Jason Villa. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer team who came out to paint, paint, and paint!! Go to to read the many ways to support Raise the Roof through the upcoming spring events in the community!
Contact if you have any questions.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Social Justice Spring Food Drive!
It was a huge success.
We donated over 500 pounds of fresh produce and dairy
to neighboring community dining rooms.

Upcoming Events

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

Not able to attend a meeting? Want to do something for Social Justice but have limited time? The next two events are for you!

1. Donate to the Branford Community Dining Room during our Spring food drive — April 1-19. It is on-line so you don’t even need to leave your house to do it! Just watch for the links that will come to you via the shofar blast.

2. Clean out your closets in May and bring all your professional clothing to TBT for our professional clothing drive to support Ken’s Closet, May 1-May 15.

If you can, please come to our next meeting to support these programs and give us your own ideas of what you want to see us do.

Thank you in advance for your support of these and other programs!

Sarah and Tina

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

Once again, TBT participated in Read Aloud Day at Ross-Woodward Classical Studies Magnet School at 185 Barnes Avenue in New Haven on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Consider participating this year - date TBA during the fall 2019 - 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 for Humanity 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.