Tikun Olam: Social Action This Month at TIS
Collection of Goods at our TIS Chanukah Party
During our TIS Annual Chanukah Party, on December 12th, we’ll be collecting the following:
- Non-perishable food items (items do not need to be kosher)
- New cold weather items including blankets, socks, mittens/gloves, hats
- Goodies for our annual Community Heroes project on December 24th
Can’t shop? Won’t be joining us in-person? You can support our efforts with a donation and we’ll do the shopping. Click here to share your support.
JFS Safe Parking Program
Monday, December 14th, 5:00 p.m.
Under the current CDC regulations we’re taking unprecedented precautions. All donated items must be prepackaged. This photo shows all prepackaged items from our last opportunity. Volunteers will also need to follow specific guidelines. Email us and let us know you would like to help. Someone will then be in touch with you.
Help Genocide Victims In Darfur
During Selichot we were introduced to Usumain Baraka, a refugee born in Darfur and now living in Israel. He shared much of his fascinating story with us. In a follow-up event, Usumain continued his story and enlightened us with his knowledge of the current situation in Darfur. (To learn more, visit our YouTube channel and watch both events.)
Usumain has set up a Go GetFunding page to support his efforts in Darfur. If you would like to contribute, click here.
Meet Usumain Baraka
Usumain Baraka was born in a small village in Darfur, Sudan and has been living as a refugee in Israel since 2008. Usumain arrived to Israel when he was 14, when he was accepted into a religious youth village, where he became fluent in Hebrew and graduated from high school. After graduation, he completed a year and a half of volunteer service at his alma mater before becoming the first Darfuri refugee to study in an Israeli university in Hebrew.
Today, Usumain holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Masters’ Degree and works as the CEO of a nonprofit he founded several years ago, the African Students Organization in Israel (ASO). At the ASO, Usumain draws on his unique experience to assist fellow African refugees to gain higher education in Israel. Aside from his formal work, Usumain serves as the democratically elected leader of the Darfuri community in Israel, through which he actively represents the community in the Knesset and Israeli society.
Regarding the Corona virus – from the first week he understood that the situation would be hard for families and children. Usmain said “Therefore, I started raising funds to donate food and other basics to families to help them through this difficult time. Now I’m running a group of Israeli and African volunteers to distribute the donations to those who need it most.”
In addition, Usumain is the CEO of ASOI (African Students Organization in Israel) and is an activist for refugees rights and representative for the asylum seekers community in Israel.
Jewish Family Service (JFS) Safe Parking
Every night, JFS operates a Safe Parking Program for unsheltered San Diegans living out of their vehicles, many of whom are experiencing homelessness for the first time. As these individuals and families work to lift themselves up out of a difficult situation, many are making a nightly choice between buying food or purchasing gas to get to work and school. Creating further barriers to stability are the isolation and lack of social support that so often accompany homelessness.
The Safe Parking Program provides a welcoming environment, meaningful resources and tools, and dignified support to help families stabilize and transition back into permanent housing. With holistic services focused on basic needs assistance, employment, family wellness, school success, financial education, credit repair, and housing, our goal is to create a pathway out of homelessness while being a support to people where they are now.
Mark your calendar
- Monday, December 14th
Email email@example.com or call Beth at 619 697-6001, ext 108 and let her know you would like to participate.
Hand Up Youth Food Pantry
In partnership with JFS, we’re committed to fighting hunger and making sure that everyone in our community is food secure. In addition to our annual drives during the High Holy Days and Purim, there is always a collection bin in our lobby throughout the year. You do not need to wait until a specific time to bring in items. Feel free to bring a non-perisahble item (or two or three) whenever you’re coming by TIS. Donations need not be kosher.