Temple Beth Am will remain a virtual campus through June 14th. Check events at tbam.org/calendar

Drive-Thru Food Drive and much more!

Beth Am Cares is here for you and anyone in our Temple Beth Am family and the
extended Miami community who needs help during these extraordinary times.

Drive-Thru Food Drive

...to support the JCS Kosher Food Bank. Drop off food bags at the Temple Beth Am campus on Sunday, June 7th, 1:00–3:00 pm only.

Place your bagged, new and unopened groceries in your trunk and drive to Temple Beth Am. We will open your trunk and transfer the bags from your car. Our volunteers will be wearing masks and practice social distancing. Please do not leave your car. There will be no entry allowed to any buildings on the Beth Am campus. All unopened, shelf-stable grocery items are welcome! Read more

Beth Am Cares Provides Gift Cards to the Community

Temple Beth Am has created a mechanism where we now supply gift cards from Publix, CVS and Walgreens directly to organizations or individuals requesting our assistance. To continuously replenish funds for this effort, please consider donating to a Special Rabbi Barras Discretionary Fund. Click here to DONATE NOW We thank you in advance for your support.

Beth Am Cares will ensure that we place gift cards into the hands of those who have asked for help. This is above and beyond individual requests for help that we have received since the pandemic has wreaked havoc on our local economy, affecting so many of our members and others in the community. Please join in our continued effort during this crisis!

Financial Help During the Coronavirus Crisis

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is providing emergency grants of up to $1,500 per household. For emergency grants, we are turning to you to help identify individuals and families in need of assistance. To make a referral, simply complete click this link and complete the fields. All grant requests will be handled in a confidential manner and only key Federation personnel involved in processing the grant will have access to this information.

The Hebrew Free Loan Association has relaxed eligibility requirements and is fast-tracking approval of emergency loans up to $3,000 with payments suspended for six months. Every loan disbursed by HFLA is a community investment in the dignity and independence of borrowers. Read more

Corners of our Fields Scholarship Fund

We are grateful to announce the establishment of the Corners of our Fields Scholarship Fund created by a generous lead gift from the Culverhouse Family, intended to help with tuition for those Temple Beth Am Day School families struggling financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply for assistance, please email Brian Chartock, Executive Director, at bchartock@tbam.org. For additional information, contact Cari Altman, Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs, at caltman@tbam.org.

The Corners of our Fields Scholarship Fund is open for direct donations as well should you find you are inclined and are able to help. Any tuition rebates, reimbursements or refunds issued by TBAM and Temple Beth Am Day School may be redirected to this scholarship fund as well. Click Here to Donate to Corners of our Fields

Miami Jewish Abilities Alliance Website Launched

The vision of the Jewish Abilities Alliance is to promote an inclusive, spirited environment that celebrates the diversity in our community and the uniqueness of every member. This website serves as a user-friendly gateway to resources in the Jewish or general community for people with disabilities. The JAA is the Jewish community’s network that links individuals with disabilities, and their families, to resources, services, support groups, workshops and clinics and recreational programs within their community. Read more

Jewish Volunteer Center

Want to use your talents to help others? The Jewish Volunteer Center (JVC), a program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, offers volunteers meaningful ways to turn Jewish living into action. Contact Lori Tabachnikoff, Director, Jewish Volunteer Center, 305.680.9353.

Your Greater Miami Jewish Federation is Here to Help!

Stay connected to the Jewish community throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Visit jewishmiami.org for up-to-date information and important resources for you and your family. Read more

If your Business or Organization Wants to Help or Provide Assistance...

Please email Temple Beth Am and tell us what you're doing and we'll add your information to future emails from Beth Am Cares!

Challah by Grace Julia

Challah by Grace Julia is a homemade challah program created by Grace Gilbert and Julia Weiss! The two college seniors returned home in March from studying abroad in Tel Aviv because of the coronavirus and have been fulfilling weekly challah orders for community members in their neighborhoods! A portion of the proceeds will be donated toward COVID-19 relief. Read more

Are You Registered to Vote?

Our right to vote is hard-won. It took centuries of struggle to establish this right — for propertyless men, for women, for African Americans, and, in 1971, for all US citizens over the age of 18. The right to vote is fundamental to protecting, asserting and defining many of our other rights. Almost all of the social and economic rights Americans enjoy today exist because citizens elected public officials who voted to enact them.

Click Here to Check Your Voting Status                   Request a Mail-In Ballot

Helping to feed the hungry in our community...

Listed below are three great organizations which are taking the lead to help make sure that people who need it are being fed. Click on their name if you would like to make a donation.

Feeding South Florida
  World Central Kitchen
  Homestead Farm Share

Donate Blood!

Available blood supplies in Miami-Dade County continue to be very low and they really need us to step up. Go to Oneblood.org and to make an appointment at a nearby donation center. Sign Up Here Or contact Susan Rosenthal, educatorsusan@aol.com, for more information.

Homeless Shelters are in need of...

Hand Soap / Cleaning Supplies / Shampoo / Bar Soap / Clothing / Food (non-perishable) / Monetary Donations

Camillus House
2020 NW 23rd Street
Miami, FL 33142
  Chapman Partnership
28205 SW 124 Court
Homestead, FL 33033
  Miami Rescue Mission
3553 NW 50th Street
Miami, FL 33142

Pay it Forward!

Kitanim Floral Design floral arrangements because we all need a little pick me up this week! $25 to send to your local friends’ doorsteps. Anonymous acts of kindness are always well received. When you find one on your doorstep, it’s your turn to pay it forward. Use coupon code “PayItForward” at checkout for free delivery! Details

Dunks for Diabetes Challenge

Dunks For Diabetes’ Miami Event is ON and going VIRTUAL! In light of CDC guidelines discouraging gatherings of more than 10 people, the D4D Miami event will not be held physically this spring at the University of Miami as planned, but will be held as a virtual event/social media campaign called “The Dunks Challenge.” Read more

Recovery Meetings Online...

During this COVID-19 crisis, fear and anxiety can increase one’s vulnerability to addiction. Those in recovery can no longer attend in-person meetings and others may discover they need support for addiction for the first time. Family members affected by a loved one’s addiction continue to need support at stressful and uncertain times such as these. Below is a list of links to online meetings where you can get support.

Narcotics Anonymous Virtual Meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous Virtual Meetings
Al-Anon Virtual Meetings — for adults affected by a loved one’s addiction
Alateen Chat Meetings — for youth ages 13–18 affected by a loved one’s addiction
Families Anonymous Virtual Meetings — for family members affected by a loved one’s addiction
In The Rooms — a resource for online recovery and meetings
Jewish Recovery Resources Online from JACS — join a mailing list by emailing snirenberg@jbfcs.org

Join Temple Beth Am as we make a difference through Tikkun Olam
to “repair the world.”
As Hillel said, “If I am only for myself, who am I?

May these initiatives be a giving and receiving resource for you, our congregation and our community. Together we will stay strong!

REMEMBER TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!  •  If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2020–21, please do so at your earliest convenience. Click here for Online Membership Renewal