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:

  • October 12th
  • November 9th
  • December 14th
  • January 11th
  • February 8th
  • March 22nd
  • April 12th
  • May 10th
  • June 14th

Contributions Needed:


Coordinator needed for the Beth El Blood Drive — Wednesday, December 10th is the next Beth El Blood Drive.  If you have time to send out a few emails and line up volunteers PLEASE contact Jordan Oshlag.


Annual Food Drive — Once again Beth El is holding our annual food drive. This year’s recipient organizations will include:

  • A Place to Turn
  • Family Table
  • Grow Clinic
  • Pathways Family Shelter
  • Sudbury Food Pantry
  • Voices Against Violence

Grocery Bags with the names of the organizations and list of items they are requesting will be given out on Rosh Hashanah. Beth Eller’s are asked to return them filled up on Yom Kippur. A vehicle for the appropriate organization will have a big sign on it and be in the parking lot next to the side door. Anne Kottler and Katrina MacDowell are the co-chairs.


Beth El Reading Partners Would you like to help a child learn to read? Join us and make a commitment to tutor once a week in Framingham during the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, contact:


Java Nagila Fair Trade Coffee Coffee That Tastes Good and Does Good. Contact Judy Goldberg. Tell her whether you want whole bean, French press, percolator grind, drip grind or espresso. And tell her whether you want dark roast, light roast or decaf. And then send her $60. (All checks to be made out to Judy Goldberg)


Habitat for Humanity —Habitat for Humanity “Build Day” on November 23rd at their new townhouses along Stonebridge Road in Wayland. 8 AM – 4 PM.  We’ll help in the interior build-out.  Everyone of at least 16 years is welcome – sons, mothers, daughters, fathers, students, adults, singles.  Parent/student pairs are great!  What to have:  Enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in.  Building experience not needed (though always welcome).  Space limited, so sign-ups needed in advance.  For details and sign-ups,  contact John Harper

Please fill out this Safety Waiver form in advance.


MetroWest Free Medical Program – Please consider volunteering – Call 508-656-0740 or contact Kim Prendergast.


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 — We would like to honor Linda Hirsch for the wonderful work she has done over the years raising money and collecting supplies for our Jewish friends in Cuba. Linda will give presentation this Spring where she will share insights and highlights of all of the wonderful work she has done with the Cuba Connection.


Ongoing Projects:

Family Table — Each month we need to collect 45 cans of Tuna Fish and 45 boxes/bags of brown rice (no larger than 2 lbs). This is an ongoing endeavor so you can easily participate. Just drop off 2 lb bags of brown rice and tuna in the bin near the Religious School office.

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.

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Learning the rules of trope at Beth El has been very empowering for me. It's helped me forge a special connection to our sacred texts and generations past that I never had before.
— Debby Y