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.  Upcoming meetings:

  • Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 20 at 11:15 am

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.

Habitat for Humanity

Sunday, October 18 is our next Wayland Habitat for Humanity Build Day.  Sign-up forms and waivers for minors will be in the Temple office.  Contact:

Click here to see  pictures from our April 26, 2015 Build Day.

Click here for the habitat release form

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: and

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

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

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

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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

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

Ongoing Projects:

Donate unwanted stationery items

Want to do something good with your direct mail freebies?  A collection box for unsolicited stationery items you’ve received in the mail, such as 2015 calendars and day planners, as well as note pads, is now located at Beth El in the Religious School hallway.  They will be donated for distribution to clients of the Sudbury Food Pantry and Concord’s Open Table.


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Torah Stich by Stich Project

Beth El has provided me with an opportunity to be both a teacher and a student; a chance to teach our children and to learn from them.
— Sheila G