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.  Upcoming meetings:

  • Sunday, February 14 at 11:15 am

We are looking for people to join our committee so we can continue to make a difference in the world and do all of the great things we have been doing.  You can participate as much or as little as you like, so being on the Tikkun Olam Committee is not a major commitment.  Please email me if you are interested.  There are many Tikkun Olam opportunities that await.


Habitat for Humanity

We are planning another Wayland Habitat Build Day in Wayland on April 3rd.   Contact: Email John Harper

Click here to see  pictures from our April 26, 2015 Build Day.


New Beth El Tzedek Scholarship

The Beth El Tzedek Scholarship fund will provide financial support to a deserving student from the MetroWest area who has completed at least one semester at Framingham State University.

Please consider making a contribution to this effort by writing a check to Congregation Beth El, with “Beth El Tzedek Scholarship Fund” written in the memo line.

For more info please contact: luckydog18@comcast.net and stevegutherz@aol.com.


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


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). We need drivers to bring the food from Beth El to the JF&CS’s Family Table on May 17 any time from 9-10:30 am. Contact Debbie Glass at 508-877-2573 or email debbiegm@hotmail.com to volunteer.


Family Promise helps homeless families.

We recently acted as a support Congregation for 2 weeks as Shir Tikvah hosted 3 families.  It was a big success.  The Spring hosting dates are 3/20 – 4/3.  There are many volunteer opportunities for families, kids and adults.  Please consider helping out this Spring.  Volunteers are needed to shop, cook, set up or clean up at local temples or churches who are hosts.  Want to know more?  Please check the website to see when the next trainings are being held, or email Sandy Coy.

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

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 to help clean up after the Program. Contact: Janet Buchwald at luckydog18@comcast.net


NCC School /Worcester

Supplies, books and money are needed. We are collecting pocket folders, spiral notebooks and dry eraser markers for the New Citizen’s Center School (NCC) for Refugee children in Worcester. Contact: Gary Bean


Great Coffee, Great Cause!

Subscribe to Beth El’s Java Nagila – drink shade-grown arabica coffee at a great price, processed sustainably by hand in small batches, roasted to order, and support Guatemala’s small-holder farmers.  Sign up for 6 months for as many 12 oz. bags of coffee per month as you want, $9.00 per bag.  Shipping is included in this price.

  • You will receive email monthly when your bags of coffee are ready for pickup at Beth El
  • After 6 months, you can decide to re-enroll or not.  We’re guessing you’ll want to keep drinking this great coffee!
  • To join, or for more information, send email to Debbie Feldman or call her at (508) 877-2263.

 

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In busy Boston, where it can takes weeks to make an appointment to see a friend, Beth El is an oasis where, when I make the effort, I find community, friendship, meaning and a Jewish home for my family.
— Michael B