In what has become a tradition at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, members of the temple have adopted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observance as an opportunity to help others in our community.  The TBJ Tikkun Olam committee coordinates these projects under the leadership of chairs Jill Altmark and Kristin Sterling.

In previous years, members had the chance to participate in one day of service; this year there are two options.  On Sunday, Jan. 15, volunteers will gather at the temple to create 300 lunches with the ingredients they have collected or donated.  Once the brown bag lunches are assembled, they will be taken to the Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Center.  This is an ongoing program of Bridges Outreach of Summit, known as a Bridges Run.

On Monday, Jan. 16, TBJ will partner with FAMILYConnections, a nonprofit community-based counseling and family service in Orange that has been nurturing children and strengthening families since 1879.  The day’s activities will include a general clean-up of the facility and the creation of a children’s library.  To jump start this new program, gently used children’s books are being collected at the temple.

For more information about Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, contact Alice Lutwak, executive director, at 973-379-1555 or email