Tobin School Partnership Past Events

PAST EVENTS

8th Annual Tobin School Spring Clean-Up
Saturday May 7th

On May 7th Central Reform Temple congregants joined the Maurice Tobin K-8 School community to clean and replant the outdoor areas at the Mission Hill area Boston public school. Rain before and after the event provided perfect conditions as enthusiastic school staff and families with partner organization members enhanced the outdoor classroom spaces along Smith Street and perimeter flower beds.

CRT funded morning snacks and lunch, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department supplied mulch and loaned us gardening tools and Principal Mr. Toledano and Assistant Principal Mr. Holly with school staff and families added spirit and manpower. Colorful seasonal plants donated by Boston Wholesale Flowers on Albany Street were added between surviving perennials planted in previous years. Temple funds redirected from our food budget (a later start at 10am eliminated most breakfast expenses) allowed the purchase of additional perennials to
help fill spaces where annuals don’t tend to root well.

Pictures best describe the day including our temple leadership demonstrating their street art skills painting the new dumpster to match the adjacent mural design.

Special thanks go to Clean-Up founders Rob Barber (now US Ambassador to Iceland), plant expert Jim Neshina (of J N Landscaping), Tiffany Syariff (former aide to then City Councilor
Mike Ross) and street artist Caleb Nealon (creator of the Tobin murals and an excellent yard worker).

We will return to the school campus on September 10th for the Annual Fall Clean-Up. Plan to join us then for a wonderful opportunity to participate in our CRT Social Outreach program of Tikkun Olam at Tobin.

Chanukah Tobin Uniform Project Supports Homeless Families
Thanks to the generosity of many CRT members our Chanukah Tobin Project will help provide uniforms for students.This year $1,700 was collected to directly fund clothing purchases by families for their Tobin students. Principal Toledano expressed his gratitude for CRT “efforts in support of those that are in need in our community again.

It is great to hear that we will be able to fund uniforms for the over 40 homeless families that we have at the Tobin . . . . Once I receive this check I will submit a uniform order based on those 40 families.” Mr. Toledano “would like to thank all of you for everything that all of you have done for the Tobin.“

Please consider a donation this year to honor or remember family or friends. Those honored by congregants – in whose name the donations are made – will receive a CRT letter explaining this annual holiday effort to assist our local public school partner with the gift of blue school uniforms.

Tobin Principal Toledano, staff and students send their thanks to CRT for the continuation of the clothing program and for all of our Social Action outreach to their school in Mission Hill.

Please send checks to our 15 Newbury Street address.

Annual High Holy Day Food Drive

CRT HHD Food Drive a huge success!! Thank you to everyone for their generosity during this High Holy Day season. The temple family collected 1014 pounds of food (our largest collection to date – over a half ton!) which translates into 845 meals for our neighbors in need.

A special note of appreciation to those who helped load the food onto the truck at 7:30 AM the day after Yom Kippur – Jennifer Coplon, Carol Daynard, Sandra Fairbank, Arthur Marquis, Judy Meritz, Larry Muenz and Caren Peters. Many hands make light work!

Peace to all in the New Year.

Thank You CRT Tobin Market Volunteers!

My sincere thanks to all of my CRT friends who helped out with the Tobin Market this year. We have continued to serve between 40-55 families every two weeks with this effort and I know it makes a difference to those families. This years CRT team included: Susan Werbe, Howard and Diana Kassler, Robert Rubin, Saralynn Busch, Cathy Corman, Jennifer Livengood, Bob Frank, Caren Peters, Stacey Cannon, Arthur marquis and Paula Dickerman.  It takes a village – and here is ours in action! Many thanks to all!   Peace.  Jill

7th Annual Tobin School Spring Clean-Up
Saturday May 16th, 2015 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

On May 16th Central Reform Temple congregants joined the Tobin School community to clean and replant the outdoor areas at this Boston public school in the Mission Hill area of Roxbury. Overcast skies and low 70’s temperatures were the perfect conditions for the event to enhance the outdoor classroom spaces along Smith Street and perimeter flowerbeds.

Colorful annuals donated by Boston Wholesale Flowers on Albany Street were added between the many surviving perennials planted in previous years. CRT funded breakfast and lunch, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department supplied mulch and loaned us gardening tools and Principal Mr. Toledano with school staff and families added spirit and manpower. Pictures below best describe the day.

Special thanks go to Clean-Up founders Rob Barber (now US Ambassador to Iceland), plant expert Jim Neshina (of J N Landscaping), Tiffany Syariff (former aide to then City Councilor Mike Ross), and street artist Caleb Nealon (creator of the Tobin murals and an excellent yard worker).  Thank you, also, to Penguin Pizza on Huntington at Francis Street for discounted pizza and CRT participants Larry Peters, Murray Frank, Elaine Kauffman, Devon Lerner, B.K. Hipsher and Caren Peters.

We will return to the school campus in early September for the Annual Fall Clean-Up.  Plan to join us then for a wonderful opportunity to participate in our CRT Social Outreach program of Tikkun Olam at Tobin.

Event Recap: Tobin Classroom Cantata – On April 16th, two fourth-grade classes from Tobin who had been participating in a 12-week music residency program with teaching artists from Cantata Singers, performed their cantatas at the Kids Stage at the Boston Children’s Museum. It was a great day for the kids, their families, chaperons and teachers who, in addition to having the opportunity to perform on stage for Tobin folks and the Neighborhood Charter School, were treated to lunch and “free access” to the Museum for the morning. This continues to be another way that CRT has helped facilitate enriched learning and programming for students at the Tobin School.

Tobin School Chanukah Uniform Donations

In our annual tradition of a Social Action holiday community project, congregants are again invited to make a Chanukah donation in honor of or in memory of family and friends, to help purchase warm winter uniform sweatshirts and pants for Tobin School students.

Beginning in 2009, the Maurice Tobin K-8 Boston Public School in Mission Hill has been our primary Social Action partner, involving outreach activities throughout the year. Since our first Chanukah school clothing drive in 2011, feedback from Tobin staff and families, as well as our honorees, has been extremely positive. This form of support is very significant for the families involved so we have chosen to repeat the effort for a fourth year.

Thanks to the generosity of many CRT members and friends last winter, a check for $3,700.00 was converted into student gift cards for use at the local uniform vendors.  These gift cards were provided to families identified by school staff, either at a discount or without charge, depending upon need.

To participate, please donate via the CRT website/PayPal or send your donation check along with the name and address of those whom you wish to honor to Central Reform Temple, 15 Newbury Street, Boston 02116. A sweatsuit set costs about $25 each and any amount is greatly appreciated. Those whom you honor, or family of those remembered, will receive a Temple letter describing the program and acknowledging your holiday gift. Donations will be accepted until the end of December and gift cards will be provided to the Tobin community next January.

We would like to note that this program was inspired and generously supported by our congregants Richard Milstein and the late Jordan Ruboy, who spent his career as a pediatrician in the care of children and families.

Fall Clean Up at the Tobin School

The pictures tell the story of another wonderful event at the Maurice Tobin K-8 Boston public school in Mission Hill.

Tobin “Community Market”
We have been able to help restart the bi-weekly Food Pantry at the Tobin School this spring. In partnership with the Boston Rescue Mission and the Greater Boston Food Bank, we are already serving between 35-50 families each week we have held the Market. Families come to the school on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, sign in and then “shop” for themselves, based on what we have and what they need. As we chat with families and parents who are helping out, this is a really important resource that supplements sometimes-meager family supplies. Thanks to Caren Peters and Jill Silverstein, who regularly volunteer, as well as Susan Werbe and Rabbi Berman, who have been able to help out over the past couple of months.

Tobin-MarketFriends who have signed up for the Tobin Community Market in July and the 2nd week in August, there will be no food distribution for those 6 weeks. We will kick off the new school year with the Community Market on August 27th. Stay tuned. If you have questions, just reach out to me at jill_silverstein@yahoo.com. Thanks to the Central Reform Temple volunteer team for all of your help this year: Caren Peters, Susan Werbe, Cathy Corman, Joan Brodsky, Saralynn Busch, Howard Kassler, & Rabbi Berman.

This is a real mitzvah, and it is a lot of fun!

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Tobin Mural Re-Design
Starting on July 15th, street artist Caleb Neelon will be repainting the large two-wall mural he originally painted in 2009 at the Tobin School. Temple members are welcome to come by to observe the new design (and even help!). Viewing will probably be best on the 16th or after.

Music at Tobin School
This winter, Central Reform Temple was able to facilitate the Classroom Cantata program with one of the Tobin 2nd grade classes and with one of the 4th grade classes. Thanks to Paula for putting us in touch with the Cantata Singers’ Educational Coordinator.

Beginning in January, just after the winter break, in 12-session residencies, children worked with Cantata Singers Teaching Artists and their classroom teachers to compose and perform original cantatas. Working with texts and themes that are integrated into the core curricula of the classrooms, the 2nd and 4th grade students explored the language of rhythm and melody, giving shape to their individual voices while deepening their understanding of the core subject matter. Over the course of the residency, their cantatas were thoughtfully developed and rehearsed under the guidance of our Teaching Artists.

The performances were held for their school community and families at the Boston Children’s Museum on Friday April 11th, along with children from three other Boston partnering schools performing their cantatas. The Tobin students and their  families arrived in the late morning, had a couple of hours “run of the Museum” (which for all of them was a first trip to the Boston Children’s Museum), had lunch together there, and then performed in the Kid Stage Theater.

We felt so privileged to hear their performance, see their families and siblings enjoy their accomplishments, and watch the Neighborhood Charter School perform as well. Tobin’s Assistant Principal, who championed this with the Tobin faculty, said they look forward to doing this again next year!

Students and Rabbi Berman Explore Passover
On April 16th, during Passover and before Easter, Rabbi Berman led two third-grade classes in a discussion of Passover as part of their multicultural studies. Temple  members Amy Bizar, Caren Peters and Jill Silverstein joined in this visit. The students were interested in learning about the history of Passover, going all the way back to the Bible stories of Moses and the Exodus, and relating it to Jesus and the “Last Supper.” One of the classes had already studied the Seder plate and its contents and even drew pictures of them (see the photo). When asked what was on the Seder plate, they gave the Hebrew names for the symbolic foods, such as Karpas and Maror!

Rabbi Berman discussed the meaning of Passover and the way that the Exodus story of liberation has inspired oppressed people of many religions and cultures. The students listened enthusiastically and asked a lot of questions about Passover and how it relates to their own religions. They were all given some matzah to taste, and while many clearly understood why it is called the “Bread of Affliction,” one boy said that the more of it he ate, the better it tasted!

Chanukah Winter Uniform Donations.

In our annual tradition of a holiday season community project, congregants are again invited to make a Chanukah donation in honor or memory of family and friends, to help purchase winter weight sweatshirts and pants for students of the Tobin K-8 School. These outfits provide both warm clothing and a uniform that instills school pride in the students.

On January 21, 2014, representatives from Central Reform Temple met with Principal Efrain Toledano at the Tobin School in Mission Hill. With the proceeds of our annual Chanukah Gift Drive, to which so many Temple members contributed, Rabbi Berman presented him with a check for $3,770 to purchase warm school uniforms (sweatshirts, sweatpants).

Feedback in 2011 from Tobin staff and families, as well as our honorees, was extremely positive and we enthusiastically embraced the project again in 2012.  Thanks to the generosity of many CRT members and friends last winter, a check for $3,400.00 was converted into student gift cards for use at the local uniform vendor.  These cards were provided to families identified by school staff.

To participate, please send your donation along with the name and address of those you wish to honor to Central Reform Temple, 15 Newbury Street, Boston 02116.  Donations will be accepted until the end of December, and gift cards will be provided to the Tobin community next January.

Those whom you honor, or family of those remembered, will receive a Temple letter describing the program and acknowledging your holiday gift.

We would like to note that this program was inspired and generously supported by our congregants Richard Milstein and the late Jordan Ruboy, who spent his career as a pediatrician in the care of children and families.

Fall Outdoor Clean-up. The pictures on this page tell the story of this Fall’s wonderful event at the Tobin School. Thank you to all the Temple members who helped clean, weed, and plant flowers, enhancing the campus outdoor spaces.

New principal Mr. Toledano (pictured with his wife spreading mulch in the front outdoor classroom) tells us that school families comment on how welcoming the school looks, thanks to five years of work by the Tobin community, our congregation, and other partner organizations.

Special recognition goes to Peter Cavallaro of Boston Wholesale Flowers on Albany Street in the South End who has donated thousands of plants, ever since co-founder Rob Barber stopped by his shop in May 2009. The showroom has many floral offerings including accessories – stop by if you need something and tell Peter how much we appreciate his generosity.  Thank you, also, to City Councilor Mike Ross who began this program, and to others at Tobin who again arranged for our workday pizza lunch.

Back to School Supplies. A full set of school supplies was provided for each of our “adopted” sixth graders on the second day of school in September 2012. Thanks to a generous donation from two members, every sixth grader received the supplies to help them succeed as specified by Principal Harris and the sixth grade teachers. Those whose families had purchased supplies decided to donate their set from home to other students, in an act of Tikkun Olam within their school community.

Boston Food Bank Distribution at Tobin. The effort to package family portions of foods from the Boston Food Bank resumed in November 2012.  Temple volunteers assisted at a pre-Thanksgiving food distribution providing a turkey plus three bags of traditional holiday groceries for sixty Tobin families, nearly double the usual outreach.