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Ongoing Programs

December 8, 2021 

TBJ and Family Promise 

Since 2008, TBJ has welcomed homeless families into our spiritual home for a week at a time, twice a year, in partnership with the Essex County affiliate of the Interfaith Hospitality Network - IHN (known now by the national headquarters' title “Family Promise”). Year after year, our congregants of all ages graciously volunteered their time, setting up Steiner Hall, preparing meals, eating with our guests, socializing with them after dinner and staying overnight.  Our ECC baked, cooked, and created decorations.  Many of our teens returned year after year to entertain our younger guests. 

Recently, however, this affiliate has adopted a different shelter model in which families are housed on a short-term basis in separate apartments or homes; consequently, our congregation will no longer have the opportunity to host families overnight. 

Going forward there will continue to be ways in which our temple community can support this important Tikkun Olam effort. As we learn more about how the Family Promise shelter program will operate in its new form, we will keep congregants informed as to what volunteer opportunities continue to exist under this new model. 

If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Sternberg at lsternberg@tbj.org.  

Sincerely,  

TBJ Family Promise Committee  


Mitzvah Day & Lead up to Mitzvah Day

Each spring, hundreds of our children, teens, and adults participate in this day filled with hands-on opportunities to give back to the community. The educational opportunities throughout this day highlight the mission and values behind the organizations we support. In the weeks leading up to Mitzvah Day, we begin to mobilize our community. We collect items needed by those served in various organizations; these reach community members at all stages of life from children and young families to the elderly

Drives & Collections:

There are opportunities throughout the year to donate food, clothing, resources, and holiday gifts to those in need. These include:

  • Annual food drive during the High Holy Days
  • Giving Tree and Mitzvah Mountain in December
  • Coat drive and turkey collection in November
  • $10 ShopRite Gift Card collection year-round in the lockbox outside our main entrance

Family Programming

Tikkun Olam lies at the forefront of our 3rd-6th Grade Family Programming, where families come together to make a difference in the world. The TBJ Family Tikkun Olam experience is more than an opportunity to volunteer in the community, to prepare food for those in need or to create bags filled with supplies to help the homeless. Each program is meant to be an educational, spiritual, and community building experience as well. Other world issues that we look to address include caring for the environment, responding to poverty, and partnering with other local organizations to impact change.

Partner Organization

  • IFPO- The Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges is a collaborative effort of four local religious congregations in Short Hills and South Orange, including TBJ. There are ongoing opportunities to volunteer with the food pantry, and designated days of the year that TBJ congregants come together to volunteer as one community. To find out more about IFPO visit: https://www.orangesfoodpantry.org/about_us

Responding to the need of the Moment 

Our world is unpredictable, and with that comes the need to respond to those important moments. Whether that be raising funds, collecting and donating supplies or taking a stand on injustices, at TBJ, we strive to step up where the need presents itself.

Fri, May 20 2022 19 Iyar 5782