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Dear Tikkun Olam Community,

Sometimes it’s so hard to hold more than one emotion in my heart, and this is one of those moments. My excitement, happiness for our community, and for future communities, and pride is mixed with a lot of sadness that this is Jess Friedman’s last Mitzvah Moments in her tenure as Tikkun Olam Coordinator.

For those that haven’t heard, Jess’s last day as TBE staff (in this current position…keeping the door open) is May 31 as she heads to Israel as a rabbinic student and future rabbi. It’s a perfect career choice for someone as intelligent, compassionate, dedicated, brave and energetic as our Jess.

In my tenure as VP of Tikkun Olam, she has been an incredible partner, friend, confidant and changemaker. Her one-of-a-kind positive energy has made substantial improvements in the organization, creation, and heart of our Tikkun Olam initiatives and the Ma’asim Tovim program. This is even more heroic considering she came to this position while our Tikkun Olam work was reeling from the disruption of COVID.

Jess’s imprint at TBE will last for years to come. We will continue to benefit from the changes she has made here and watch with awe at the changes she is destined to make in this world. On behalf of all the Tikkun Olam community, I wish Jess a gigantic kol hakavod, much love and so many thanks. You can read Jess's goodbye to the community here.


Jessica Lasser

Outgoing VP of Tikkun Olam

As Jessica Lasser, our wonderful outgoing VP of Tikkun Olam transitions to a different board position, we are excited to welcome our new VP of Tikkun Olam, Nicole Roos!

Nicole has been a member of TBE since 2005. Since then, she has been actively engaged in numerous activities, including serving as the TBE liaison to the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO); TBE Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence; and, since late 2019, coordinating the TBE Racial Justice Initiative’s Voter Freedom/”Every Voice Every Vote” campaign to combat voter suppression. Nicole is a current Advisory Committee member and former Board Member of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA) and a former Board chair of NARAL Prochoice Massachusetts (now Reproductive Equity Now (REN)). She is a longtime member of the NARAL/REN Endorsement Committee.

With a background in health care management, Nicole has worked at the MA Department of Public Health since 1995 in a variety of roles, all related to improving systems of care for children with special health needs and their families. She is currently the Operations and Budget Manager in the DPH Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs. Originally from New York, Nicole came to MA for college and loves it here. She now lives in Waltham.

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Family Table Collection & Volunteer Opportunities


Thank you for your continued support of Family Table. As a community, each month we are responsible for supplying 50 cans of salmon and 50 boxes of whole grain cereal for families in need. Thank you for bringing contributions when you come to TBE.

Tzedakah Box | June

The Tzedakah Box is located outside the sanctuary, and it collects funds that are allocated to a different social justice cause each month.

For the month of June, we are directing all Tzedakah donations to Keshet. Keshet works for the full equality of all LGBTQ+ Jews. They equip Jewish organizations with the skills and knowledge to build LGBTQ-affirming communities; create spaces in which all queer Jewish youth feel seen and valued; and advance LGBTQ+ rights nationwide.

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Upcoming Opportunities to Repair the World

Civil Rights Journey Information Session (Online)

Tuesday, May 28 | 7:00 pm

Join us for this informational session about the Racial Justice Initiative’s exploration of the Civil Rights Movement, and particularly the Jewish community’s responses (then and now). It continues with a journey to Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham and Selma. 

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TBE Table (In Person)

Sunday, June 2–Tuesday June 4

Join TBE Table in providing meals to individuals experiencing food insecurity in our community. Volunteers are needed to shop, get the kitchen ready, prepare the food, cook, pack the meals, and then deliver them to various organizations in our area.

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"The Barber of Little Rock" Film Screening (In Person)

Thursday, June 6 | 7:00 pm

Join us to hear from TBE congregant Ian Cohen, who will share his experience in the creation and celebration of his Oscar-nominated documentary, The Barber of Little Rock. After previewing this short film, barber Arlo Washington will join Ian and Segun Idowu, Chief of Economic Opportunity and Inclusion for the City of Boston in discussing strategies to foster equitable economic opportunities.

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Ongoing Opportunities & Announcements

JFS of Metrowest Home-Share Program

Do you have a below market apartment or a room in your home that you are willing to rent Could you use additional income to cover winter bills or someone to help with household chores? Let’s talk about JFS Home Share. Please Consider Helping! Many of Metrowest’s poorest and most vulnerable populations including older adults, immigrants, refugees and veterans who have had homes or stable apartments are facing eviction and possibly first-time homelessness because of soaring costs. A dedicated caseworker facilitates all of the screening, matches and ongoing coaching and support to make the match a success.

Please call Diana at 508-875-3100 X 700 for more information.

Interfaith Pride: Voices Carry, Pride Empowers

The “Voices Carry: Pride Empowers” Gallery show will be held at Village Church in Wellesley, June 1, 2024, from 5:00–8:00 pm. Voices Carry is a mobile photographic art installation started by Southborough Safe Spaces (SBSS) and photographer Chelsea Bradway. The purpose of this show is to showcase “the beauty, resilience, humanity, and inherent spirituality of queer people. It highlights all the ways that LGBTQ+ folks live full and authentic lives.”

Looking for More Ways to Repair Our World?

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Tikkun Olam Community Organizer and Engagement Coordinator

Jessica Lasser

VP of Tikkun Olam

Repair the World with TBE

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