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Rabbi Vann's Pre-Election Day Message:

Dear Friends,

It’s the eve of election day. It is excellent and important that voter turnout and civic engagement are at an all-time high.

At the same, I’ve heard from many of you about your deep anxieties about the safety and fairness of our democratic process. I know many are concerned about the direction of the country.

I wanted to share two prayers with you to provide comfort and focus on the eve of this historic election. May they provide support...
 

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Rabbi Vann's Post-Election Day Message:

A Moment of Meditation During the Election:
We do not yet know the outcome of the Presidential election, nor do we know when the results will be finalized.

Many of us feel strongly about this Presidential election. It’s hard to remain uncertain; the tensions, worries and anxieties seem to grow by the minute.

Even as an impatient person, I do not wish for the answers to come faster—only that they come accurately.

I pray that, for each of us who is scared, or anxious, or angry—wherever you are—that you take a moment to breathe; notice your physical tensions and relax them.
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Other Ways We've Been Repairing the World

A core value, a deep commitment

Although voting is the key current focus, as you can see from the activities below, there are many ways to help make a difference. 

Members Made a Difference During Every Day Is Mitzvah Day - and Can Still Help!

Fill a Face Mask Need for CWRU Students

There is a very large number of foreign CWRU students who are unable to return at home at this time of shelter-in-place. They are presently living in and amongst the remaining student population at the university where the threat of exposure to COVID-19 is high. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, with whom we've previously partnered, has asked for volunteers to help fill the requests for protective face masks, which as you know are in short supply.

A MESSAGE FROM REVEREND JOE CHERRY AND RABBI ALLISON VANN (.PDF)


INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW YOU CAN EASILY CRAFT A MASK:

DOWNLOADABLE INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING A MASK (.PDF)

DIY - HOW TO MAKE A FACE MASK IN 15 MINUTES (YOUTUBE VIDEO)

Help the Cleveland Foodbank

The greater Cleveland Food Bank is operating at a crisis response level, based on the unprecedented unemployment claims and economic instability. Donations are particularly helpful, and there are limited opportunities for volunteering.

Although there are a limited number of available spots, you can volunteer.

You can also donate to their virtual food drive.

Donate to the JFSA Food Pantry

Jewish Family Services Association provides a broad spectrum of services to both the Cleveland ( not just Jewish) community—from physical and mental well-being, from youth to elder, and more—JFSA’s reach is extraordinary. The JFSA Food Pantry is collecting donations for its’ food pantry to be distributed to its’ clients. The donations can be food (drop off at: 29125 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike, OH  44122, M-F between 9-4) or financial (www.Jfsa-cleveland.org) to help stock the pantry.

Make Masks

Based on recommendations from the CDC, wearing masks is important. Please consider making masks for members of the congregation.

Here are directions for making masks with our without a sewing machine.

A plastic bin has been placed near the front door to Temple.  If you are donating, please place the new and unused mask in the box.  If you're in need, please feel free to take one. 

 

Support the Cleveland Clinic's Distribution Initiatives

You can support Cleveland Clinic’s campaign for the community.

Support University Hospitals' Distribution Initiatives

You can support University Hospital’s campaign for masks and donations.

Give Blood

There’s an urgent need for blood donations.

Connect with Facilities Bound Members

The safety measures that have been extended to those who are living in facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living, are important—and isolating. We can ease their isolation by writing letters or making cards.

We are going to focus on R.H. Myers apartments.  Currently, the residents are in "lockdown."  Their meals are brought to them and they cannot leave their apartments except to take a brief walk every day!  We can do so much to brighten their day.

There are two options:

1) You can mail or 2) you can drop off mail at a table in the entry at R.H. Myers and they will be delivered by staff.

R.H. Meyers residents
27200 Cedar Road
Beachwood, Ohio 44122


If you wish to reach out to a specific member of our community, please email Rabbi Allison Vann directly for more information.

Members Took The ST-KA Challenges - What Will You Do Next? 

Share Your Mitzvot!

The list we’ve shared is just a start! What mitzvot are you doing? How are you making things a little bit better? Please share them! Inspire all of us to be better and do more!

Share them on Facebook! Don’t forget to tag your friends, tag the staff and rabbis,  and to use these hashtags:  #everydayismitzvahday #suburbantemplekolami

 

Support!

The pandemic has caused economic instability. How quickly can we reach our goal on our virtual drive at the Food Bank? Let’s hit that goal—and set a new one! 

When repairing the world, we look outward to the world and inward to our own community. Will you make an additional gift to support Suburban Temple-Kol Ami? 

We've Been Advocating for Change - and Can Do Even More

RAC-OH will begin focusing its efforts on civic engagement and getting out the vote because it’s well known that poor and minority voters have significant obstacles to participating in the electoral process. This dynamic perpetuates systemic racism, economic injustice, and educational disparity. In addition to her responsibilities as a leader of RAC-OH, Rabbi Vann will be leading congregational involvement.

Click here to get involved today.


 

 

Get Involved with the Greater Cleveland Congregations

Learn more about the multi-faith community organizing which has make a difference in Cleveland and recently relaunched and redoubled efforts here.

 

 

Re-Engaging Our Community

Introduction

Suburban Temple- Kol Ami has been committed to Tikkkun Olam, repairing the world, since our founding in 1948. It’s central to our congregational vision and our Reform Jewish values. The Tikkun Olam committee brings together clergy, board members and members of our congregation to create opportunities for both direct service and advocacy.The pandemic has disrupted opportunities to contribute to long-standing programs. As things "settle down" with the pandemic, we will resume our commitment to these programs. Here is what ST-KA has been involved with:

Direct Service

Our direct service has included:

...in partnership with the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank:

  • Filling Little Free Library monthly
  • Volunteering (and having a great time!) at the Kids' Book Bank to Sip and Sort books

Cooking and/or serving dinner at Calvary Church

Advocacy

Our advocacy has included:

RAC-OH has been bringing together all the URJ (Reform) Congregations in Ohio to build a Jewish movement for justice in Ohio. We are coming together to speak in one united faith voice about the issues we care about including gun control, criminal justice reform, substance use disorder, and more. Our local voices make a difference!

Greater Cleveland Congregations: a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice. As a catalyst for systemic change, GCC challenges Greater Clevelanders to imagine the change we can accomplish to build a greater Cleveland for all of its residents. GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods. Campaigns such as gun violence reduction, local education reform and food sustainability have gained traction in Cleveland and beyond.

 

To get involved, please contact Rabbi Allison Vann

Calvary Church Dinner

ST-KA congregants helped feed 55 members of our community at the most recent Calvary Church Dinner.

Sip and Sort

 

 

 

 

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781