Repair the World

Justice, justice, you shall pursue — Deuteronomy 16:20

Congregation Beth El has a longstanding commitment to social action – setting in motion the ideals and values of our traditions through deeds of justice and compassion.  Our community offers wonderful opportunities to respond to the imperfections of our world by engaging in meaningful service. Want to get involved? Check out the programs and projects listed below, contact Anne Kottler or come to one of our meetings.

2014-2015 meetings begin at 11:15am:

  • March 22nd
  • April 12th
  • May 10th
  • June 14th

Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters is looking volunteers and families to help!

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS) matches children in need, ages 6-18, to adult mentors. We introduce adults with disabilities to new friends in their communities.

JBBBS is always recruiting Big Brothers and Sisters, adult volunteers, ages 21+, to contribute their time and talent to making a difference in the life of a child or an adult with a disability. In addition, the organization invites applications from parents and family members wishing to refer a child/adult with disabilities to our programs.  For more information, visit jbbbs.org or contact lily@jbbbs.org.


Reading Partners Program -  We work one-on-one with more than a dozen students a year at the Charlotte Dunning School in Framingham to help reading-at-risk students.

Contact: Debby Young debby_dscribe@comcast.net


Habitat for Humanity

Add- Our next Humanity Build Day April 26th. A sign up sheet will be available in the Temple office.

 Click here to see  pictures from our November 23 Build Day. http://www.bethelsudbury.org/repair-the-world/overview/habitat-2014/ to see more!

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Blood Drive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our Our next Blood Drive is  March 17 from 2-7pm we will be hosting the American Red Cross blood drive.  Please sign up to donate at:
http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp

If you want volunteer at the drive, sign up here by using the link below or contacting me.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13UhxrEmUVjCy1p2XKxAZWPXN_tSEJVulFIq2tdI9nt8/edit?usp=sharing

Future Blood Drives are May 26 and December 9

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Family Table Update

Each Month we need to collect 45 cans of Tuna Fish and 45 boxes/bags of brown rice (no larger than 2 lbs)

The next distribution is on February 22.  As of today we have less than half of our commitment. Please consider dropping off an extra donation the next time you are at the temple.

Looking for drivers to bring the Food from Beth El to the JF&CS’s Family Table April 26 + May 17 anytime from 9-10:30 am.

Contact Debbie Glass at 508-877-2573 or email at debbiegm@hotmail.com to volunteer.

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Family Promise

We are now involved with helping homeless families. There are opportunities to shop, cook, set up or clean up at local temples or churches who are hosts.Want to know more?  Contact: Sandy Coy

  1. Get more in-depth information at http://www.familypromisemetrowest.org/
  2. Visit http://www.familypromisemetrowest.org/volunteer.html to learn about

Community Art (BezalEl) Kick-off event

Sunday, March 29th workshop 1-5. Choose from a variety of art and craft workshops led by Beth El artists and volunteers. Something for every age and skill level, material provided. Refreshments will be available. Contact: Sandy Coy at 508-653-6014  or email at sandycoy@verizon.net 

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MetroWest Free Medical Program – Please consider volunteering – Call 508-656-0740 or contact Kim Prendergast.

Volunteers Needed- The MetroWest Free Medical Program continues to operate most Tuesday evenings to serve a still large population of un- and underinsured clients. We are looking for Beth El members help clean up after the Program.

I think the set up people would like that too, and it’s possible the program could use more help in other areas. Contact: Janet Buchwald luckydog18@comcast.net


Tzedek Scholarship Fund

We are pleased to announce that the Beth El Tzedek Scholarship Fund will award its first Scholarship for the Fall semester. A $5000 Scholarship will be awarded to an immigrant student attending a 4 year college.  The committee is in the process of working on an application and finding a candidate that meets our criteria. We are hoping to coordinate with JFS so one of their mentors can help monitor and coordinate efforts. Please contact Joel Moskowitz or Steve Gutherz


Coffee House for a Cause — Mark your calendars for April 18, 2015 at 7pm!


Cuba Connection Wrap up Event:

On March 15thyou can learn about all of the wonderful things that have been done in Cuba under the leadership of Linda Hirsch through the Cuba Connection. Stay tuned for a flyer with more information as the date gets closer! Contact: Linda Hirsch


Ongoing Projects:

Toiletry Drive — Want to do something really useful with all of those hotel  soaps, shampoo, conditioner and lotion samples that you have been collecting? Leave them in the box near the Temple office and they will be donated  by Anne Fogarty  and distributed  through the Framingham office of CJP.

Torah Stitch by StitchLearn more about the group
Torah Stich by Stich Project

Beth El has provided a joyful home away from home, where my family has embraced their Jewish identity through learning, prayer and community.
— Deb B