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:

  • January 11th
  • February 8th
  • March 22nd
  • April 12th
  • May 10th
  • June 14th

Contributions Needed:


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 -

The Habitat for Humanity Build Day on November 23rd was a big success. Click here http://www.bethelsudbury.org/repair-the-world/overview/habitat-2014/ to see more!

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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

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


Scholarship Program for Immigrants — We are looking for a few folks to join the Steering Committee of our newest program. If you are interested in learning more, 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

Growing up with a Jewish identity, but no Jewish education, I never would have guessed that I would one day feel so at home at Beth El and call it 'my shul'.
— Steve B