Acts of Kindness
Jews are called “a light to the nations” (Isaiah 42:6). We have a commitment to repair the world (tikkun Olam). Through study and action, we seek to meet our responsibility to create a better world for all people.
The Social Justice Committee has undertaken several projects, including annual Mitzvah Day in the fall, a Day of Tikkun Olam in the spring, planning, purchasing, preparing and serving meals every weekend during the month of January at a local shelter and helping to pack and deliver holiday meals to housebound people in Kansas City.
The Social Justice Committee informs the congregation of social justice issues of concern for the Reform Jewish community and facilitates congregants’ participation in social action and community volunteerism to express our personal and communal covenant with God. New members for this committee are always welcome
Your donation makes a difference!
Please bring your canned good contributions to the white bins at Beth Torah.
Tikkun Olam – Focus on: Debbie Bass
Having grown up in an alcoholic home, I was fortunate to have had many “angels” placed in my life to help me. Even as a teenager I knew I needed to give back some day to show my gratitude for all those who provided love, support, and guidance through difficult times.
A few years after graduate school, I felt called to became a certified foster parent. There was (and still is) a tremendous need to foster teenagers. I fostered two 17-year old girls, Monique (now 27) and Kizzy (now 25).
Although quite challenging, I learned a lot -- about unconditional love, doing things that don’t always produce warm fuzzies, and the struggles of kids bounced around in foster care. I also learned the importance of teaching kids early in life, being consistent and strict.
When approached to be on the Advisory Board of Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), it seemed a great opportunity to be a part of an organization that advocates for children in foster care. I’ve utilized my fundraising expertise to guide fundraising and board development. For two years, I co-hosted CASA’s annual Carnival at Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit to increase attendance and support. I’ve co-hosted and co-sponsored tables for the annual Light of Hope Breakfast (April 19, 2012 if anyone would like to sit at my table).
To see my younger foster-daughter, Kizzy, serve our country in the military and now in college seeking a degree, I feel energized knowing that we can make a difference. Our efforts do matter. It inspires me to continue supporting CASA and its mission to help abused and neglected children find safe, permanent homes.
It enforces my motto, “I try to live each day to “Leave my campsite better than I found it.”
Tikkun Olam – Focus on: Alex Delgado
I have volunteered with the Rose Brooks Center, a local domestic violence shelter, for almost two years. Rose Brooks provides emergency shelter as well as life skills development, therapy services, and prevention programming among others. I don’t remember exactly how I found out about Rose Brooks, but I wanted to volunteer with kids who had been dealt a difficult hand. When I lived in Chicago I worked at a school on Chicago’s South Side where many of the children had been affected by domestic violence in some form. When I moved to KC I began at Rose Brooks working with an interfaith children’s group working with the children living in shelter. I now volunteer as a Bridge Program Advocate. Advocates are on-call on nights and weekends and go to area hospitals to meet with both women and men who have been admitted to the hospital as a result of domestic violence injuries. Advocates meet with the patients and listen to their stories and teach them about available resources. This includes creating safety plans or helping them navigate the legal system. Volunteering at Rose Brooks has been wonderful; working with the kids has taught me the power of optimism in adversity and having an open heart!