Tikkun Olam

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 if you are interested or have questions.

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.

Beth El Tzedek Scholarship Fund

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: Janet Buchwald and Steve Gutherz.

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.

To get involved with this great mitzvah, contact: Debby Young

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  to volunteer.

Family Promise helps homeless families 

For the second time this year we  acted as a support Congregation as Shir Tikvah hosted 3 families.  It was a big success thanks to all who volunteered.  A big thanks to Scott for existing the help of our religious school families.  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

NCC School /Worcester

Supplies, books and money are needed. We are collecting backpacks and shoulder bags 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.

Torah Stitch by StitchLearn more about the group

Torah Stich by Stich Project

Coming from a reform Jewish background with an emphasis on ethics, my understanding of Torah and ritual has been enriched at Beth El. The fact that my grandchildren are more observant than I is a source of great comfort.
— Paul R