Social Justice and Action

TBS Social Justice Mission Statement

Using the gifts, talents and resources God has given us, we will make a difference in our local and global communities by performing mitzvot and other acts of Tikkun Olam. We will connect to each other and our community by integrating social action in all areas of our congregation. We will serve as role models and inspire others in our community to become involved in the pursuit of justice and Tikkun Olam.

TBS’ Social Justice Project – Addressing Homelessness

Join with community agencies to involve our congregation in multigenerational direct services activities to improve the conditions of those experiencing homelessness in our local community.

How to Get Involved:

TBS members of all ages will have the opportunity to engage in our Social Justice projects through direct service projects with local agencies; advocacy through developing relationships with local government officials to discuss how our local cities are addressing the concerns of homelessness; congregational events including drives to support projects throughout Orange County as well as education opportunities to learn more about homelessness and how together we can create change.

Collection Drives:

This year we will be collecting small snack size food items for the homeless shelters. The following list of food items have been suggested to us by our partner, United to End Homelessness. We are asking that your donations be delivered in reusable bags.

  • Mac n’Cheese
  • Individual boxes of cereal
  • Canned fruit and vegetables
  • Canned meat soups
  • Small boxes of raisins
  • Peanut butter and crackers
  • Crackers and Cheese
  • Tuna and Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Breakfast bars
  • Trail mix
If you are not able to contribute food items and would like to support our Food Drive, please make a donation to the High Holy Day Food Drive.
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  • November: Creating centerpieces for Thanksgiving dinners at OC Shelters.
  • December: The Giving Tree Project
  • March: Honoring the Elderly – collecting items for mishloach manot (gift baskets) for seniors.
  • Throughout the year:
    • Kindness to Animals Collections – collecting items for dogs of those experiencing homelessness.

Advocacy:

TBS representatives joined more than 200 Reform Jews from across California came out on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 for RAC-California’s largest-ever lobby day Participants held more than 50 meetings with lawmakers at the State Capitol and advocated for issues that impact their communities.

RAC-CA’s top legislative priority this year is affordable housing, backing a package of bills to enable the building of new housing and to protect tenants’ rights. Reform Jewish leaders shared this goal with their local representatives as well as leaders of the California Jewish Legislative Caucus and Governor Gavin Newsom’s staff.

Reform Jews mobilized to be a positive force for change in their communities and support legislation that’s not traditionally thought of as “Jewish.” However, NFTY-CWR President Ariana Zwern, who leads the Reform Jewish youth movement in Northern California and Hawaii, noted that advocating for just and compassionate policies is a deeply Jewish activity. “We’re here because we’re Jewish,” Zwern said. “But we’re also Jewish “because” we’re here.”