Throughout the year, our Tikkun Alliance groups have many events and projects to do good and create change in the world. Whether or not you’re a group member, we invite you to join them in these current initiatives.

Last updated: 1/11/23.

CBE Dayenu Circle Follow-up Meeting

Monday, January 30 at 7:00 PM in the CBE Ballroom
Join us as we continue forward in our work to heal our planet for generations to come. We will meet to prepare for our meetings with Jewish institutions and organizations, inviting them into partnership with us to “turn off the spigot” of fossil fuel funding. Together, with Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action, we can make a difference. Please register here.

Help Asylum Seekers in NYC

Here are opportunities to help Ukrainians, Afghans, and newly-arrived asylum-seekers from Central and South America who have been bussed to NY from Texas. The need is great today, and we can help.

1.) Join “The Network”

The Refugee Task Force is building out volunteer opportunities through what we call “The Network.” You can sign up to be a resource for refugees and asylum-seekers in areas like transportation, housing, English language practice, or play dates. Signing up is not a commitment —you can always decline if you’re unable to help when called. Tell us how YOU can help here.

Sign up here.

2.) Greet New Arrivals

Team TLC NYC, a grassroots organization providing basic needs and support to asylum-seekers and migrants, meets each bus of asylum-seekers that arrives at Port Authority. These buses, coming in from Texas, carry families, children, and individuals of all ages, most of whom know no one in NYC and have nothing, but the clothes they are wearing. They arrive unprepared for a NYC fall or winter and without access to, or information about, resources. 

We can help them by:

If you would like to be part of a CBE group that volunteers together and/or cooks meals for the new arrivals, please contact Bonnie Kerker  or Jackie Schicker.

4.) Donate to Shelters: 
  • Donate new packaged clothing or toiletries: The Bridge (1894 Flatbush Avenue) in Brooklyn is collecting donations for asylum seekers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 AM–4 PM.  
  • Women in Need (WIN) created this Amazon Wish list for children staying in their shelters.
5.) Help set up apartments for new arrivals:
Many recently settled families are unable to furnish their homes. Join Ruth’s Refuge in welcoming families by donating household items or funds, or volunteering to help set up a new home:
6.) Coming soon:
  • An opportunity to learn about how to sponsor a Ukrainian family coming to the US and to hear from a community member who has gone through the process.

Thank you for all you are doing to help our new neighbors. 

Community Fridge Drop Off

Help feed our neighbors! Join CBE’s Anti-Hunger Group and sign up to re-stock the Community Fridge run by Mixteca (23rd St. and 5th Ave). The fridge is often empty by the time the Day Laborers stop by at the end of the day. Sign up now to help put dinner on the table!

CBE Supports Ukraine

Since the war in Ukraine began, CBE has been a collection site for humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees. Rabbi Timoner has asked that we now focus on giving dollars to the organizations with the infrastructure and staffing to care long into the future for people affected by the war in Ukraine:

  • The Joint Distribution Committee has a network of aid centers called cheseds throughout Ukraine, Poland and the region. They are running a highly effective hotline for rescue and refugee centers for humanitarian support.
  • HIAS is working with a Ukrainian NGO to protect and resettle refugees.
  • Afya Foundation here in New York ships medical supplies to Ukrainian hospitals. Natan is an Israeli humanitarian relief organization that has medical volunteers on the border and in Ukraine providing medical and psychological care.
  • UJA funds the JDC as well as the Jewish Agency, which enables Ukrainian Jews to make aliyah to Israel, and the JCCs in Warsaw and Krakow who are providing humanitarian aid to refugees in Poland.