Temple Bat Yam practices our Jewish tradition of Tzedakah.

TBY helps with community service projects at Coastal Hospice, local food pantries, Deer's Head Hospital, Operation Paperback, Salisbury Zoo, St. Paul's Episcopal Church NOEL dinner and many more. We also sponsor Mitzvah Day; a once a year event that supports many local charities with specific one-time needs. Read on for information about specific outreach projects:

FEED THE HUNGRY: We collect food for the Shepherd's Crook at St. Paul-by-the Sea as well as other food pantries.

This is a year round Mitzvah. We need non perishable food items such as: canned fruits and vegetables, soups and sauces, pasta, packaged macaroni and cheese, rice, dried beans, peanut butter and jelly, packaged cookies, hot and cold cereals and fruit juices. We also collect personal items such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and hand lotion. There is also need for diapers, baby food and wipes.

OPERATION PAPERBACK: Operation Paperback (operationpaperback.org) is a non-profit, grassroots program founded in 1999 as one way of showing our appreciation for the sacrifices our military men and women make every day - often far from home.

We collect gently used books in many genres, and send them to American troops deployed overseas. The weekly e-mails OP receives confirm how much the troops want and value these books. Temple Bat Yam started collecting and shipping books in February 2006 and have sent over 1000 books overseas.

If you can help out with the shipping costs, all donations are welcome.

TBY SENDS LETTERS TO FAMILIES OF FALLEN TROOPS: The temple sends letters to the families of fallen servicemen and women who have recently lost their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan. The message basically express our appreciation to their loved ones for the sacrifices they made and offer condolences to the families for their loss. Please look for and sign the letters after services and let these grieving parents know that as a member of Temple Bat Yam, you care.

DEERS HEAD HOSPITAL: To improve the quality of life for patients at Deer's head hospital. Temple Bat Yam donates magazines, VCRs, DVDs, clothing, calendars, etc. Each year, Bat Yam also sponsors and helps with a patient’s birthday party and their Christmas party. Keeping in mind the morale of the hospital staff, Temple Bat Yam has initiated Christmas parties for employees who are working at the hospital on Christmas day.

TEMPLE BAT YAM CONTINUES ITS ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR DRIVE FOR COASTAL HOSPICE: From the beginning of January through the first week of April members may donate NEW, huggable size Teddy bears for hospice. Cash is also gladly accepted toward the purchase of new Teddy bears. If you elect to donate cash to the Teddy bear program, please make checks payable to Temple Bat Yam and write Hospice on the memo line. Many of the terminally ill patients in hospice care find a Teddy bear very comforting. The bears are also given to the children in the Children’s Support Group. The Teddy bear brings comfort to both those in hospice care and those who are left behind. The Teddy bears must be brand new and of a huggable size. No Beanie Babies please. The Teddy bears can be dropped off at the Temple office.