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:
- September 21st
- October 12th
- November 9th
- December 14th
- January 11th
- February 8th
- March 22nd
- April 12th
- May 10th
- June 14th
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.
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.
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:
Annual Blood Drive — Looking for a mitzvah to manage? We are looking for a new coordinator.
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 — Stay tuned for more info about a Habitat for Humanity “Build Day” opportunity in Wayland this Fall. For more information contact John Harper.
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.
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 project. Learn more about the group