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:
- April 19th
- May 17th
- June 14th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee House for a Cause — Mark your calendars for April 18, 2015 at 7pm!
Habitat for Humanity
Our next Humanity Build Day is April 26th. A sign up sheet will be available in the Temple office.
Click here to see pictures from our November 23 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. We are working with Framingham State University and the CEO of Jewish Family Services of Metrowest to determine guidelines of financial need and establishing any other support we can provide in conjunction with the JFS and FSU.
We plan to begin by offering a scholarship of $5,000 for each year of college to a worthy student. As the fund grows we hope to be able to support additional students.
Please consider making a contribution to this effort by writing a check to Beth El, with “Beth El Tzedek Scholarship Fund”
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 email@example.com
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 April 26 and May 17 any time from 9-10:30 am. Contact Debbie Glass at 508-877-2573 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
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? Please check the website to see when the next trainings are being held. Contact: Sandy Coy
- Get more in-depth information at http://www.familypromisemetrowest.org/
- 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 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 email@example.com
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
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 Scholl (NCC) for Refugee children in Worcester. Contact: Gary Bean
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Stitch — Learn more about the group