A DAY OF CHANGE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD
Dear 8th Grade Parents:
I am excited to invite your 8th grade Beth Am student to join me for our second annual DAY OF CHANGE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD on Saturday, November 3 from 9 AM – 4 PM.
WHY a Day of Change? I have marveled as Beth Am young adults increasingly travel the globe to Africa and Asia to apply Judaism’s teachings of tikkun olam to help other communities in dire need. I realize though, that many of our students are not aware that those communities and needs exist in our own backyard. My goal is to spend a day with our students in a neighborhood just minutes from Beth Am with refugees and immigrants from Africa and Asia.
WHAT happens on a Day of Change? We ask you to drop your 8th grader off at Beth Am at 9 AM. I will feed them a fun, light snack and then we will go by parent-driven vans to different sites in the 98118 neighborhood. We will bring curricular enrichment materials and do hands on volunteer work at the East African Community Center and meet with a Somali refugee. Can your 8th grader pass the Citizenship test?! We will eat lunch (hands only, no utensils!) at a delicious Ethiopian restaurant run by a wonderful Eritrean refugee named Mulu. We will visit a Vietnamese Buddhist Temple and conclude the day at Ken and Lenore Anderson’s Full Tilt Ice Cream in Georgetown. Then back to Beth Am. (Students with special dietary needs are more than welcome to bring suitable food to eat throughout the day).
HOW can I make this happen for my child? We hope for as close to 100% participation as possible. In addition to the great local opportunities to make a difference, this is another chance to connect with Rabbi Beth (this year we are also blessed to enable our students to connect with Rabbi Janine who will be with us on the trip!).
Saturday, November 3, 2012
9 AM – 4 PM (drop off and pick up at Temple Beth Am)
$25 includes snack, full lunch, ice cream and quarters for old fashioned video games at Full Tilt.
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Questions: Contact Rabbi Beth Singer (206) 525-0915