Open Tent – November 2020

Continued Community

Doris Jacobson

opentent@bethelsp.org

Our Open Tent program’s goal is to deepen the connections between our Temple community and by reaching out and welcoming the unaffiliated in the community who are seeking Jewish experiences.

With the leadership of chairperson, George Mayer, our Open Tent committee consists of rabbi and cantor, Susan Brooks, Gail Burch, Linda Berman, Elliott Brunner, Peter Herwitt, Linda Herman, Sharyl Holtzman, Maura Lowenstein, Linda Rubin, Marla Shwarts, Gale Swartz.

During the last nine months, the Open Tent committee has introduced and been involved in a variety of programs and projects. Here is a summary of our major work during this time.

Census TBE—With the goal of “counting” all of our members, our census helped to identify the interest of our members, the impact on involvement and the importance of TBE to its members.

MENsch Club—We have “rebooted” the TBE MENsch Club. Our launch event September 3 featured a panel of baseball players from Team Israel which will play in the next Olympics. In October, the MENsch Club shared Sushi and Sake in the Sukkah. Eliot Swartz gave a demonstration on how to make sushi. Each MENsch Club event will have a journey speaker. Tom Rosenberg shared his amazing journey with us at this event. On December 3rd, the MENsch Club will feature speakers from the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of the Los Angeles Harbor. They will share their experiences and how their lives have been changed. The MENsch Club is also giving back to TBE. They are initiating this by presenting a set of traveling candlesticks to our b’nai mitzvah recipients.

Neighborhood Connections—We have identified twenty-eight neighborhoods within our TBE community. Each neighborhood will have a Neighborhood Connector who will help connect the families within each neighborhood and to deepen relationships between our members. Through our Neighborhood Connections, we were able to deliver High Holy Day gift bags to all of our congregants prior to Rosh HaShanah.

PJ Library—TBE is now a member of the PJ Library family! PJ Library provides free books to all children from birth–9 years of age. Children aged 9–11 can received books from PJ Our Way. This is a wonderful opportunity to enroll your children or grandchildren, nieces, nephews in this wonderful program. The books are wonderful and focus on Jewish values and traditions.

There’s a bit more… We are in the process of creating a TBE video which highlights our welcoming community. We were able to provide the live-streaming of our High Holy Day services to Harbor Terrace and the Canterbury assisted living sites and to patients in local hospitals. In addition, Open Tent partnered with the Social Action committee during Festival TBE and Social Action Shabbat featuring speaker Marra Gad. And there is more to come during Covid and after!

A special thank you to our Communications chair, Sharyl Holtzman, a member of the Open Tent committee, who promotes all our congregational events in the community through social media and printed media.

Through Open Tent, we look forward to working with the members of TBE and with the community to continue to be the welcoming and inclusive community for which we are known.

For additional information about Open Tent, I can be reached at opentent@bethelsp.org.

 

 

 

 

Action committee during Festival TBE and Social Action Shabbat featuring speaker Marra Gad. And there is more to come during Covid and after!

A special thank you to our Communications chair, Sharyl Holtzman, a member of the Open Tent committee, who promotes all our congregational events in the community through social media and printed media.

Through Open Tent, we look forward to working with the members of TBE and with the community to continue to be the welcoming and inclusive community for which we are known.

For additional information about Open Tent, I can be reached at opentent@bethelsp.org