CBB held a Social Action Fair on March 5, 2017 where attendees learned about a broad range of local opportunities to take action on causes they care about. Click here to view the complete program of presenters and contact information. The program included short presentations by representatives from each organization followed by time for attendees [...]
SB Cares is responding to the global refugee crisis through community education, and by fundraising for refugee family sponsorship and humanitarian aid. SBCares is a Santa Barbara community partnership. We work on programming efforts to fundraise for humanitarian aid and family sponsorship, and to educate our community with the aim of inspiring our friends and neighbors to [...]
If there is any hope in history, it is the blessing of witnessing one of the countries that drove my father's family out of Europe welcoming a new generation of refugees. As I have gotten to know a few, it puts a human face on the crisis: so many are students and teachers, just like [...]
It is estimated more than 9 million Syrians have fled their homes. More than 4 million live in five host countries, mostly in temporary detention camps. It’s an ancient saying, like a Midrash, that “charity begins at home.” It does, but if it only began at home I would not be here writing about [...]
These photos are from Jana's silk painting classes with the students at the Ubumwe school, in Rwanda. We are engaged in exciting projects with the Ubumwe Center, and will be co-sponsoring an event with the Morris Squire Foundation entitled, "Our Family in Rwanda" a portrait exhibit, presentation and fundraiser for the Ubumwe Center, April 24th, 4 [...]
Another Santa Barbara community delegate is headed to Rwanda from January 28th through Feb 15th, 2016, as a way to enrich and strengthen the connection with our community. Jana Brody, an artist and arts administrator who leads several workshops for CBB, will be using her Art, English and Sign Language skills while volunteering for 2 [...]
Showers of Blessing is a project of H.E.A.L (Health, Empowerment, and Love) and the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara, of which Congregation B’nai B’rith is a proud member. Join us in our support of this wonderful project which provides houseless individuals in our community with a simple gift – a shower – giving them hope, a tool [...]
Here are the latest photos from our friend Zacharie at the Ubumwe Preschool in Rwanda!
The Ubumwe Preschool Project began in the Fall of 2010. Our goal was to build a preschool for the children of Gisenyi, Rwanda and to raise awareness here at CBB about the on-going effects of the Rwandan genocide that took place in 1994. With several other Santa Barbara organizations we raised all of the funding [...]
This fall we held in a blanket drive and donated 200 blankets to Casa Esperanza in advance of their winter shelter opening for the homeless men and women in our community. If you are interested in organizing any kind of donation drive, please contact email@example.com.