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Hate Has No Home Here Campaign

Family Friendly Racial Justice Organizing and Advocacy
Family Friendly Racial Justice Organizing and Advocacy

A single publicly displayed HHNHH sign can, in a single moment, comfort and strengthen anyone who has ever been targeted by hateful speech or action. While these moments may be silent and unseen, we are sowing the seeds of the world we want - and strengthening ourselves in the process.

The sign also declares publicly that hate speech and hateful actions against others will not be tolerated by the person or organization displaying the sign.

While our recent work has focused on distributing this multi-language sign for display in local shops, in the months ahead we plan to expand on that work, especially engaging with other local secular and faith communities. Our goal is to increase the density of placement of the image and its message throughout the city. Because there has been hesitation and even reluctance in our neighborhood to display it, we believe that the more shops and organizations we can persuade to take one, the more supported and encouraged others will feel to join.

Our vision is to make this simple message visible throughout the city and tri-state area, with banners flying from any building willing to fly it. Please join us!

This group will meet every other month.

For more information, contact Nora Gaines at ngaines@bankstreet.edu.

Hate Has No Home Here Campaign
Family Friendly Racial Justice Organizing and Advocacy A single publicly displayed HHNHH sign can, in a single moment, comfort and strengthen anyone who has ever been targeted by hateful speech or action. While these moments may be silent and unseen, we are sowing the seeds of the world we want - and strengthening ourselves in the process. The sign also declares publicly that hate speech and hateful actions against others will not be tolerated by the person or organization displaying the sign. While our recent work has focused on distributing this multi-language sign for display in local shops, in the months ahead we plan to expand on that work, especially engaging with other local secular and faith communities. Our goal is to increase the density of placement of the image and its message throughout the city. Because there has been hesitation and even reluctance in our neighborhood to display it, we believe that the more shops and organizations we can persuade to take one, the more supported and encouraged others will feel to join. Our vision is to make this simple message visible throughout the city and tri-state area, with banners flying from any building willing to fly it. Please join us! This group will meet every other month. For more information, contact Nora Gaines at ngaines@bankstreet.edu.

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Shabbat Afternoon Study Group

Study Groups
This group came together during BJ's 2015-2016 yearlong study of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and has remained active, meeting regularly to explore subsequent themes including Jewish Identity, Belonging, and Community (JIBC). They are looking to continue this year, with a shared and keen interest inspired by BJ leadership. The group will meet on Shabbat afternoons in member’s homes and will use the resources provided to explore the questions guiding this year’s Faith and Public Life initiative.

This group meets in members homes on a rotating basis every month.

Shabbat Afternoon Study Group
This group came together during BJ's 2015-2016 yearlong study of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and has remained active, meeting regularly to explore subsequent themes including Jewish Identity, Belonging, and Community (JIBC). They are looking to continue this year, with a shared and keen interest inspired by BJ leadership. The group will meet on Shabbat afternoons in member’s homes and will use the resources provided to explore the questions guiding this year’s Faith and Public Life initiative. This group meets in members homes on a rotating basis every month.

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Freedom of Press Advocacy

Organizing and Advocacy
This group will serve to monitor restrictions of the press, the impact of corporate ownership on news, and distortions of science for the purpose of political persuasion, among other things. In general the group will interact with other media watchdog groups to understand and to be better able to articulate a sound response to restrictions and distortions of the press.

This group will meet monthly.

Freedom of Press Advocacy
This group will serve to monitor restrictions of the press, the impact of corporate ownership on news, and distortions of science for the purpose of political persuasion, among other things. In general the group will interact with other media watchdog groups to understand and to be better able to articulate a sound response to restrictions and distortions of the press. This group will meet monthly.

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BJ Families for Social Action

Family Friendly Direct Service
This group will meet quarterly and engage in hands on volunteer opportunities appropriate for families and children of all ages. In addition, our gatherings will include educational segments about some of the most pressing social problems facing various communities in New York City.

For more information, contact Oriyan Schwartz at ogitig@gmail.com.

BJ Families for Social Action
This group will meet quarterly and engage in hands on volunteer opportunities appropriate for families and children of all ages. In addition, our gatherings will include educational segments about some of the most pressing social problems facing various communities in New York City. For more information, contact Oriyan Schwartz at ogitig@gmail.com.

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Refugee and Immigration: Family Support Committee

Refugee & Immigration Direct Service
The Family Support Team is working with refugee and immigrant families, individually or in partnership with other organizations including churches or refugee resettlement organizations such as Catholic Charities, HIAS and others. Catholic Charities, currently, has been assigning families and individuals to us for whom we form Good Neighbor Teams: These are made up of two to 15 people, who then provide individualized support to these refugees or immigrants as they adjust to their new home. This assistance can be one-offs--such as providing furniture to an individual. But it can also be the start of a long-term relationship providing ongoing help and support as needed. This work includes helping families settle into new homes by collecting and moving furniture and other household goods into homes, helping with school registration, assisting in enrolling families in benefit programs for which they qualify, helping families arrange with medical and dental appointments, etc. It also includes ongoing support such as driver pools, helping families with grocery shopping and food preparation when necessary (e.g. in times of illness, when a new baby arrives), practice in speaking English and companionship--playdates with children of similar ages and other social get-togethers.

This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

Refugee and Immigration: Family Support Committee
The Family Support Team is working with refugee and immigrant families, individually or in partnership with other organizations including churches or refugee resettlement organizations such as Catholic Charities, HIAS and others. Catholic Charities, currently, has been assigning families and individuals to us for whom we form Good Neighbor Teams: These are made up of two to 15 people, who then provide individualized support to these refugees or immigrants as they adjust to their new home. This assistance can be one-offs--such as providing furniture to an individual. But it can also be the start of a long-term relationship providing ongoing help and support as needed. This work includes helping families settle into new homes by collecting and moving furniture and other household goods into homes, helping with school registration, assisting in enrolling families in benefit programs for which they qualify, helping families arrange with medical and dental appointments, etc. It also includes ongoing support such as driver pools, helping families with grocery shopping and food preparation when necessary (e.g. in times of illness, when a new baby arrives), practice in speaking English and companionship--playdates with children of similar ages and other social get-togethers. This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

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Refugee and Immigration: Advocacy Team

Refugee & Immigration Organizing and Advocacy
This team is part of BJ’s Refugee and Immigration Committee and is researching issues and partners and developing strategies to support our neighbors and increase access of international refugees to the US. Join the group to learn what is going on and to find an effective way to add our voice to help.

This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

The next meeting is October 16 at 6:45PM in the BJ Community House. This group will meet monthly.

Refugee and Immigration: Advocacy Team
This team is part of BJ’s Refugee and Immigration Committee and is researching issues and partners and developing strategies to support our neighbors and increase access of international refugees to the US. Join the group to learn what is going on and to find an effective way to add our voice to help. This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more. The next meeting is October 16 at 6:45PM in the BJ Community House. This group will meet monthly.

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20s/30s: Israeli Palestinian Conflict Giving Circle

20s/30s Philanthropy
The goal of this model is to create a giving circle based around the Israel Palestinian conflict with two components: a conversation about the conflict on one hand, and on the other hand identifying and funding constructive organizations and projects that are working around the conflict and helping those affected by the conflict. This idea is geared towards individuals who want to have a more in-depth and engaged conversation about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, who feel a deep passion for and commitment to Zionism but at the same time feel the situation with the conflict makes them feel uncomfortable or struggling to articulate their feelings in the context of the larger Jewish experience and community.

This group will meet monthly.

For more information, contact Mike Brown at mikebrown.brown@gmail.com.

20s/30s: Israeli Palestinian Conflict Giving Circle
The goal of this model is to create a giving circle based around the Israel Palestinian conflict with two components: a conversation about the conflict on one hand, and on the other hand identifying and funding constructive organizations and projects that are working around the conflict and helping those affected by the conflict. This idea is geared towards individuals who want to have a more in-depth and engaged conversation about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, who feel a deep passion for and commitment to Zionism but at the same time feel the situation with the conflict makes them feel uncomfortable or struggling to articulate their feelings in the context of the larger Jewish experience and community. This group will meet monthly. For more information, contact Mike Brown at mikebrown.brown@gmail.com.

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Movement for Black Lives Platform Reading and Discussion Group

Racial Justice Study Groups
The Movement for Black Lives Platform, released in the summer of 2016, offered an extraordinary analysis of the racism and inequality in the US--including history, contemporary status and suggestions for policy changes. It also generated anxiety and anger among some sectors of the Jewish community because of a few paragraphs on Israel/Palestine. We would like to take the time to read and discuss the document in depth, exploring its many resources, and thinking about implications for action.

This group will meet monthly.

Movement for Black Lives Platform Reading and Discussion Group
The Movement for Black Lives Platform, released in the summer of 2016, offered an extraordinary analysis of the racism and inequality in the US--including history, contemporary status and suggestions for policy changes. It also generated anxiety and anger among some sectors of the Jewish community because of a few paragraphs on Israel/Palestine. We would like to take the time to read and discuss the document in depth, exploring its many resources, and thinking about implications for action. This group will meet monthly.

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Women's Rights Group

Organizing and Advocacy Women and Women's Issues
There are many areas in which women's rights have been challenged recently. Our minyan will meet and explore those areas - reproductive rights, equal pay for equal work, intersectionality - and collectively decide where to concentrate our efforts. We will research, discuss and then hopefully decide on a political action.

This group will meet monthly.

For more information, contact Ellen Landsberger at elandsberger1@gmail.com.

Women's Rights Group
There are many areas in which women's rights have been challenged recently. Our minyan will meet and explore those areas - reproductive rights, equal pay for equal work, intersectionality - and collectively decide where to concentrate our efforts. We will research, discuss and then hopefully decide on a political action. This group will meet monthly. For more information, contact Ellen Landsberger at elandsberger1@gmail.com.

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Refugee and Immigration: Job Readiness Team

Refugee & Immigration Direct Service
This Team engages our volunteers in a three-pronged initiative designed to assist newly-arrived Refugee, Asylee and Documented Immigrant students who are concluding their English Language studies at a valued BJ partner organization, Riverside Language Program [RLP].

(1) As part of RLP’s English Language curriculum, BJ volunteers will join in conducting small group workshops throughout the school year designed to highlight the ways in which students can best prepare for entrance into the local job market at a level appropriate to: their English language proficiency, their previous job experience and their current economic needs. BJ volunteers will be trained to facilitate these workshops.

(2) Outside of the RLP curriculum and classroom, and at the request of individual RLP students, our volunteers—after appropriate BJ and RLP training— will meet one-on-one with students who have graduated from RLP, and mentor these graduates in personalizing their resume-building, interview and other skills that are specific to their own job goals. We focus not only on how they can best utilize their individual strengths and job experience, but also on referring graduates to additional resources and training opportunities in order to qualify for the positions they seek.

(3) Our volunteers stay in touch with these RLP Graduates and will refer those who are Refugees/Asylees directly to BJ’s Job Placement Team when these graduates are qualified to seek/obtain employment. Other RLP graduates, who possess documented immigrant status, will be referred to other appropriate resources for their job placement services.

Our volunteers meet periodically throughout the School Year, both as a Team and with RLP, to collect & share information/feedback and to reflect/improve on the ways we can assist this important population. Additional volunteers are now needed to enable us to add more Workshop facilitators and to expand the number of one-on-one relationships to fulfill student requests.

This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

Refugee and Immigration: Job Readiness Team
This Team engages our volunteers in a three-pronged initiative designed to assist newly-arrived Refugee, Asylee and Documented Immigrant students who are concluding their English Language studies at a valued BJ partner organization, Riverside Language Program [RLP]. (1) As part of RLP’s English Language curriculum, BJ volunteers will join in conducting small group workshops throughout the school year designed to highlight the ways in which students can best prepare for entrance into the local job market at a level appropriate to: their English language proficiency, their previous job experience and their current economic needs. BJ volunteers will be trained to facilitate these workshops. (2) Outside of the RLP curriculum and classroom, and at the request of individual RLP students, our volunteers—after appropriate BJ and RLP training— will meet one-on-one with students who have graduated from RLP, and mentor these graduates in personalizing their resume-building, interview and other skills that are specific to their own job goals. We focus not only on how they can best utilize their individual strengths and job experience, but also on referring graduates to additional resources and training opportunities in order to qualify for the positions they seek. (3) Our volunteers stay in touch with these RLP Graduates and will refer those who are Refugees/Asylees directly to BJ’s Job Placement Team when these graduates are qualified to seek/obtain employment. Other RLP graduates, who possess documented immigrant status, will be referred to other appropriate resources for their job placement services. Our volunteers meet periodically throughout the School Year, both as a Team and with RLP, to collect & share information/feedback and to reflect/improve on the ways we can assist this important population. Additional volunteers are now needed to enable us to add more Workshop facilitators and to expand the number of one-on-one relationships to fulfill student requests. This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

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Building Bridges

Direct Service
As part of this group, volunteers will participate in an intergenerational tutoring program with Union Settlement in East Harlem schools with grades K-3 once or twice a week. For this opportunity, volunteers must be 45 years of age or older. The agency will provide all training materials and ongoing support for volunteers. There are also volunteer opportunities in the Adult Education Program tutoring and mentoring adults preparing for their high school equivalency exam, which can take place in the mornings or evenings. No prior teaching experience is needed.

Outside of volunteering, the group will meet monthly to process and discuss readings from "Tattoos on the Heart - The Power of Boundless Compassion" by Father Greg Boyle. As Director of Mental Health at Union Settlement, Bonnie has found that establishing "kinship" and standing "in the margins" with this community to be a very spiritual experience.

Union Settlement is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of underserved communities. Read more here: http://unionsettlement.org.

Building Bridges
As part of this group, volunteers will participate in an intergenerational tutoring program with Union Settlement in East Harlem schools with grades K-3 once or twice a week. For this opportunity, volunteers must be 45 years of age or older. The agency will provide all training materials and ongoing support for volunteers. There are also volunteer opportunities in the Adult Education Program tutoring and mentoring adults preparing for their high school equivalency exam, which can take place in the mornings or evenings. No prior teaching experience is needed. Outside of volunteering, the group will meet monthly to process and discuss readings from "Tattoos on the Heart - The Power of Boundless Compassion" by Father Greg Boyle. As Director of Mental Health at Union Settlement, Bonnie has found that establishing "kinship" and standing "in the margins" with this community to be a very spiritual experience. Union Settlement is an on-the-ground resource for East Harlem residents of all ages, and a passionate advocate for the needs of underserved communities. Read more here: http://unionsettlement.org.

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Downtown Study Group

Teens Welcome Study Groups
This will be a monthly study group using the materials and resources provided by the Faith & Public Life Initiative, workshops, speaking series, and contributed by members. It is focused on BJ members who live downtown but all are welcome no matter where you live!

Downtown Study Group
This will be a monthly study group using the materials and resources provided by the Faith & Public Life Initiative, workshops, speaking series, and contributed by members. It is focused on BJ members who live downtown but all are welcome no matter where you live!

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Economic Justice Hevra & Workers’ Rights

Organizing and Advocacy Economic Justice
The BJ Economic Justice Hevra has worked on a number of economic justice issues over the years, including the successful Living Wage NYC Campaign, the enactment of the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in the NY State Legislature and currently the Justice For Farmworkers (JFW) Campaign. We are partnering with the JFW NY State Coalition and Rural and Migrant Ministry to bring together BJ members, advocates for farmworker labor rights, and farmworkers in support of passage in the NY State Legislature of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. Through these relationships and our support of this legislation, we are establishing a fuller understanding of ethical consumption and how we can extend that definition to include the people who bring us the food we consume. The Economic Justice Hevra is open to the possibility of expanding our work to include additional economic justice issues.

This group will meet monthly throughout the year.

For more information, contact Lisa Zucker at lisagzucker@gmail.com.

Economic Justice Hevra & Workers’ Rights
The BJ Economic Justice Hevra has worked on a number of economic justice issues over the years, including the successful Living Wage NYC Campaign, the enactment of the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in the NY State Legislature and currently the Justice For Farmworkers (JFW) Campaign. We are partnering with the JFW NY State Coalition and Rural and Migrant Ministry to bring together BJ members, advocates for farmworker labor rights, and farmworkers in support of passage in the NY State Legislature of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. Through these relationships and our support of this legislation, we are establishing a fuller understanding of ethical consumption and how we can extend that definition to include the people who bring us the food we consume. The Economic Justice Hevra is open to the possibility of expanding our work to include additional economic justice issues. This group will meet monthly throughout the year. For more information, contact Lisa Zucker at lisagzucker@gmail.com.

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Caring Majority

Organizing and Advocacy Eldercare and Aging
The New York Caring Majority is a movement from all across the state of seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers, domestic and home care workers and progressive individuals. We advocate for a more sustainable and just caring economy that will help all New Yorkers who give and who receive care live fuller and healthier lives. Our goals are to make long-term care services and supports affordable and accessible to all New Yorkers who require additional support to live independently, to improve the quality of long-term care jobs and create the caregiving jobs we will need to meet a growing demand, and to protect essential programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, the Older Americans Act, and the Affordable Care Act.

As Jews, we do this because we know we are responsible for each other, and our communities are strongest when they are interdependent, accessible and intergenerational.

This group will meet monthly.

Caring Majority
The New York Caring Majority is a movement from all across the state of seniors, people with disabilities, family caregivers, domestic and home care workers and progressive individuals. We advocate for a more sustainable and just caring economy that will help all New Yorkers who give and who receive care live fuller and healthier lives. Our goals are to make long-term care services and supports affordable and accessible to all New Yorkers who require additional support to live independently, to improve the quality of long-term care jobs and create the caregiving jobs we will need to meet a growing demand, and to protect essential programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, the Older Americans Act, and the Affordable Care Act. As Jews, we do this because we know we are responsible for each other, and our communities are strongest when they are interdependent, accessible and intergenerational. This group will meet monthly.

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NJ Tzedek Minyan

Family Friendly Direct Service
This is group is geared towards those who live in NJ who are interested in Tzedek. The group's activities will be accessible for families with children of all ages as well as for individuals and couples. Activities may include cleaning the Palisades Park, reading to younger children, making crafts for hospitalized children, and Shabbat meals learning about the work of great leaders (Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). We're easily accessible from NYC by public transportation, so city folks are encouraged to join us.

This group will meet monthly.

NJ Tzedek Minyan
This is group is geared towards those who live in NJ who are interested in Tzedek. The group's activities will be accessible for families with children of all ages as well as for individuals and couples. Activities may include cleaning the Palisades Park, reading to younger children, making crafts for hospitalized children, and Shabbat meals learning about the work of great leaders (Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). We're easily accessible from NYC by public transportation, so city folks are encouraged to join us. This group will meet monthly.

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Women Helping Women

Direct Service Women and Women's Issues
This group will engage in a variety of activities to support women's health and well being. This group will begin by working together in the kitchen, cooking for the women of our women's shelter. We will build other opportunities to support women with a variety of needs such as poverty, mental health issues, chronic illness, employment etc. The group will study the needs here in NYC and will grow the work over the course of the year. Nadine was inspired by Lillian Wald and her work with the Henry Street Settlement and her work with the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter in putting together this minyan.

This group will meet monthly.

For more information, contact Nadine Rothman at nadine.rothman@gmail.com.

Women Helping Women
This group will engage in a variety of activities to support women's health and well being. This group will begin by working together in the kitchen, cooking for the women of our women's shelter. We will build other opportunities to support women with a variety of needs such as poverty, mental health issues, chronic illness, employment etc. The group will study the needs here in NYC and will grow the work over the course of the year. Nadine was inspired by Lillian Wald and her work with the Henry Street Settlement and her work with the BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter in putting together this minyan. This group will meet monthly. For more information, contact Nadine Rothman at nadine.rothman@gmail.com.

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BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Group

Racial Justice Downtown
When BJ celebrated the 25th anniversary of our partnership with Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in November 2016, we recommitted to our relationship by launching a joint racial justice initiative. Our group is now in the early stages of researching issues, potential campaigns and direct service opportunities, and possible partner organizations. Education about specific issues, as well as about the institutionalization and implications of racism, will be an ongoing part of this group’s work.

The next meeting is Tuesday, November 28 | 7PM | Location TBD. This group will meet monthly.

For more information, contact Martha Ackelsberg at mackelsb@smith.edu.

BJ/SPSA Racial Justice Group
When BJ celebrated the 25th anniversary of our partnership with Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in November 2016, we recommitted to our relationship by launching a joint racial justice initiative. Our group is now in the early stages of researching issues, potential campaigns and direct service opportunities, and possible partner organizations. Education about specific issues, as well as about the institutionalization and implications of racism, will be an ongoing part of this group’s work. The next meeting is Tuesday, November 28 | 7PM | Location TBD. This group will meet monthly. For more information, contact Martha Ackelsberg at mackelsb@smith.edu.

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Ongoing Direct Service Programs

Family Friendly Direct Service
The BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter, Judith Bernstein Lunch Program, and BJ Reads have all be in operation for many years. They provide a great way to get involved a few times throughout the year. Right now, the greatest need we have is for sleepover volunteers in our shelter but we are always looking for volunteers to help us out in other ways as well. You can do any of these in addition to participating in different Tzedek Minyanim. Sign up for this group to learn more about these ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Ongoing Direct Service Programs
The BJ/SPSA Homeless Shelter, Judith Bernstein Lunch Program, and BJ Reads have all be in operation for many years. They provide a great way to get involved a few times throughout the year. Right now, the greatest need we have is for sleepover volunteers in our shelter but we are always looking for volunteers to help us out in other ways as well. You can do any of these in addition to participating in different Tzedek Minyanim. Sign up for this group to learn more about these ongoing volunteer opportunities.

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Environmental Justice Hevra

Organizing and Advocacy Environment
Learn about an exciting opportunity to put a green roof on the BJ Community House, get an update on what the Jewish Climate Action Network is up to, and begin making plans for an education series throughout the coming year.

This group will meet monthly.

For more information, contact Les Judd at lesjudd@aol.com.

Environmental Justice Hevra
Learn about an exciting opportunity to put a green roof on the BJ Community House, get an update on what the Jewish Climate Action Network is up to, and begin making plans for an education series throughout the coming year. This group will meet monthly. For more information, contact Les Judd at lesjudd@aol.com.

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Makers' Tzedek Minyan

Family Friendly Direct Service
This group will begin with knit and crochet projects for organizations in need of items for their constituents, such as blankets for homeless individuals, hats and scarves for volunteers at local programs, baby hats for newborns, teddy bears for older children in a hospital, and others. Together, the group will determine which organizations, local, national or overseas, to focus on. May work individually or on a group project (e.g. combining individual squares into one afghan). Supply your own materials (inexpensive, washable yarn, like acrylics, is often preferred).

There is the possibility to expand the group's activities to include other skills like sewing, quilting, weaving, embroidery, needlepoint, fabric painting – whatever interests the group members.

The Makers' Tzedek Minyan will plan to meet five times throughout the year.

For more information, contact Linda Gerstein at lsgerstein@mindspring.com.

Makers' Tzedek Minyan
This group will begin with knit and crochet projects for organizations in need of items for their constituents, such as blankets for homeless individuals, hats and scarves for volunteers at local programs, baby hats for newborns, teddy bears for older children in a hospital, and others. Together, the group will determine which organizations, local, national or overseas, to focus on. May work individually or on a group project (e.g. combining individual squares into one afghan). Supply your own materials (inexpensive, washable yarn, like acrylics, is often preferred). There is the possibility to expand the group's activities to include other skills like sewing, quilting, weaving, embroidery, needlepoint, fabric painting – whatever interests the group members. The Makers' Tzedek Minyan will plan to meet five times throughout the year. For more information, contact Linda Gerstein at lsgerstein@mindspring.com.

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20s/30s: Spirituality and Activism Study Group

20s/30s Study Groups
This small group for the 20s/30s community is meant to deepen connections between our social justice work and our spirituality. It will include various mindfulness and prayer practices (including singing) with the intention of creating sacred community. This spiritual work is meant to help us seek justice, love kindness, and conduct ourselves with humility in all the work we do.

This group will meet monthly in the evenings.

20s/30s: Spirituality and Activism Study Group
This small group for the 20s/30s community is meant to deepen connections between our social justice work and our spirituality. It will include various mindfulness and prayer practices (including singing) with the intention of creating sacred community. This spiritual work is meant to help us seek justice, love kindness, and conduct ourselves with humility in all the work we do. This group will meet monthly in the evenings.

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Kadima@BJ Tzedek Sunday Giving Circle*

Family Friendly
As part of Kadima@BJ, our elective-based Hebrew School model, this group will come together over the course of the year to study, act, and give. Judaism values the power of the collective, when we learn together, our understanding is broadened by others' insights. Through this Family Elective, you will have the opportunity to build relationships and form community, while also acting and learning for the greater good through a Giving Circle model.

*Registration for this elective is through the Family Life and Learning Department. Please contact Jacey at jgluska@bj.org for more information and to register your family.

Kadima@BJ Tzedek Sunday Giving Circle*
As part of Kadima@BJ, our elective-based Hebrew School model, this group will come together over the course of the year to study, act, and give. Judaism values the power of the collective, when we learn together, our understanding is broadened by others' insights. Through this Family Elective, you will have the opportunity to build relationships and form community, while also acting and learning for the greater good through a Giving Circle model. *Registration for this elective is through the Family Life and Learning Department. Please contact Jacey at jgluska@bj.org for more information and to register your family.

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Refugee and Immigration: Employment Team

Refugee & Immigration
Volunteers will work with recent refugees to define their job-seeking goals and to assess their skills and capabilities. They will then help them develop their resumes, interviewing skills, and will work to match a particular refugee’s skills with employment opportunities the team has identified or further develops. This work encourages one-on-one mentoring between volunteers and refugee clients throughout the job search process, including interview preparation and follow-up, proper workplace demeanor and dress, and check-ins after a successful placement. BJ members who are themselves employers and who would like to work with us, or those with access to employers who can help develop additional opportunities, are also very welcome.

This group will meet monthly, with meetings/calls with individual refugee clients in between as appropriate.

After signing up, you will be contacted by Richard Fields, the team leader, for a conversation to determine the best ways for you to contribute to this effort.

This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

Refugee and Immigration: Employment Team
Volunteers will work with recent refugees to define their job-seeking goals and to assess their skills and capabilities. They will then help them develop their resumes, interviewing skills, and will work to match a particular refugee’s skills with employment opportunities the team has identified or further develops. This work encourages one-on-one mentoring between volunteers and refugee clients throughout the job search process, including interview preparation and follow-up, proper workplace demeanor and dress, and check-ins after a successful placement. BJ members who are themselves employers and who would like to work with us, or those with access to employers who can help develop additional opportunities, are also very welcome. This group will meet monthly, with meetings/calls with individual refugee clients in between as appropriate. After signing up, you will be contacted by Richard Fields, the team leader, for a conversation to determine the best ways for you to contribute to this effort. This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

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Refugee and Immigration: Pro Bono Legal Assistance

Refugee & Immigration
We are attorneys who wish to assist refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants by volunteering with partner organizations, such as HIAS and the Mexican Coalition. We hosted a HIAS pro bono attorney training session in asylum representation; our attendees took on asylum cases. We research immigration and asylum-related training opportunities and attend those programs in order to volunteer at legal clinics offering such help as emergency preparedness for undocumented immigrants, preparation of DACA renewal applications and assistance on asylum cases. We seek to expand into other discrete areas of immigration law in order to continue to provide legal assistance to refugees and immigrants. Most of our attorneys are not immigration lawyers. We welcome the help of all volunteer attorneys, whether currently practicing or inactive. We will roll out the red carpet if you are experienced in immigration law and wish to mentor others

This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

Refugee and Immigration: Pro Bono Legal Assistance
We are attorneys who wish to assist refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants by volunteering with partner organizations, such as HIAS and the Mexican Coalition. We hosted a HIAS pro bono attorney training session in asylum representation; our attendees took on asylum cases. We research immigration and asylum-related training opportunities and attend those programs in order to volunteer at legal clinics offering such help as emergency preparedness for undocumented immigrants, preparation of DACA renewal applications and assistance on asylum cases. We seek to expand into other discrete areas of immigration law in order to continue to provide legal assistance to refugees and immigrants. Most of our attorneys are not immigration lawyers. We welcome the help of all volunteer attorneys, whether currently practicing or inactive. We will roll out the red carpet if you are experienced in immigration law and wish to mentor others This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

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Refugee and Immigration: English Conversation Team

Refugee & Immigration Direct Service
The English Conversation Team currently has two initiatives in which volunteers work with immigrants and refugees on English conversation skills:

1. Columbia University Impact program: Volunteers supplement a structured English language program by facilitating small group discussions to enhance conversation skills. This program requires a 12 week commitment. The fall session has begun, but there should be additional opportunities in the winter/spring. The classes take place in the evenings and are located uptown from the Columbia campus, accessible by the #1 subway. If you have questions or want to learn more you may contact BJ member Peggy Samuels, psamuels@drew.edu, who is the BJ liaison to the Columbia program.

2. Riverside Language Program: Volunteers work with small groups of students who engage in conversation with each other as well as the volunteer. This program takes place weekday mornings at BJ. Currently, we do not have openings for additional volunteers; however openings may be available in the future. If you are interested in learning more please sign up and a team leader will be in touch.

This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

Refugee and Immigration: English Conversation Team
The English Conversation Team currently has two initiatives in which volunteers work with immigrants and refugees on English conversation skills: 1. Columbia University Impact program: Volunteers supplement a structured English language program by facilitating small group discussions to enhance conversation skills. This program requires a 12 week commitment. The fall session has begun, but there should be additional opportunities in the winter/spring. The classes take place in the evenings and are located uptown from the Columbia campus, accessible by the #1 subway. If you have questions or want to learn more you may contact BJ member Peggy Samuels, psamuels@drew.edu, who is the BJ liaison to the Columbia program. 2. Riverside Language Program: Volunteers work with small groups of students who engage in conversation with each other as well as the volunteer. This program takes place weekday mornings at BJ. Currently, we do not have openings for additional volunteers; however openings may be available in the future. If you are interested in learning more please sign up and a team leader will be in touch. This is a subgroup of BJ's Refugee and Immigration Committee. When you join, we will also add you to the general list and encourage you to attend larger committee meetings. If you are interested in the Refugee and Immigration Committee but are undecided on your focus of interest, contact committee Co-Chair Elaine Klein, elainekleinteacher@gmail.com, to learn more.

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Refugee and Immigration: Israel Engagement Team

Refugee & Immigration
Research how we can support the work done in the field by over 90 local NGO's all over Israel (working with both African asylum seekers and Syrian refugees); Educate the BJ / UWS community on the reality in Israel (both African asylum seekers and Syrian refugees), to include a large scale event to take place later this year (Feb-March); Serve as a voice for American Jewry on this topic (which so far they have been silent about), using their influence to shape Israeli policy and increase awareness; Look into assisting asylum seekers who were relocated from Israel in the U.S.

Refugee and Immigration: Israel Engagement Team
Research how we can support the work done in the field by over 90 local NGO's all over Israel (working with both African asylum seekers and Syrian refugees); Educate the BJ / UWS community on the reality in Israel (both African asylum seekers and Syrian refugees), to include a large scale event to take place later this year (Feb-March); Serve as a voice for American Jewry on this topic (which so far they have been silent about), using their influence to shape Israeli policy and increase awareness; Look into assisting asylum seekers who were relocated from Israel in the U.S.

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