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.


Habitat for Humanity

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. 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”

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

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

  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 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 a deserving 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 lily@jbbbs.org.


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

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The opportunity for study, contemplation, and celebration at Beth El's bar mitzvah Torah class retreat enhanced the joy and meaning of the occasion and deepened our family's Jewish experience.
— Lisa B