Tikkun Olam

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 if you are interested or have questions.

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.


Save the Dates

Sunday, January 15th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Criminal Justice Reform/Mass Incarceration Event

Saturday, April 8th, 7:00 p.m.
3rd Annual Coffeehouse for A Cause


Beth El Tzedek Scholarship Fund

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.

Please consider making a contribution to this effort by writing a check to Congregation Beth El, with “Beth El Tzedek Scholarship Fund” written in the memo line.

For more info please contact: Janet Buchwald and Steve Gutherz.


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.

To get involved with this great mitzvah, contact: Debby Young


Family Table

We are looking for a new Coordinator to handle or arrange delivery of food donations to Waltham each month. Contact John Harper for details.


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 to help clean up after the Program. Contact: Janet Buchwald


NCC School /Worcester

Supplies, books and money are needed. We are collecting backpacks and shoulder bags for the New Citizen’s Center School (NCC) for Refugee children in Worcester. Contact: Gary Bean


Great Coffee, Great Cause!

Subscribe to Beth El’s Java Nagila – drink shade-grown arabica coffee at a great price, processed sustainably by hand in small batches, roasted to order, and support Guatemala’s small-holder farmers.  Sign up for 6 months for as many 12 oz. bags of coffee per month as you want, $9.00 per bag.  Shipping is included in this price.

  • You will receive email monthly when your bags of coffee are ready for pickup at Beth El
  • After 6 months, you can decide to re-enroll or not.  We’re guessing you’ll want to keep drinking this great coffee!
  • To join, or for more information, send email to Debbie Feldman or call her at (508) 877-2263.

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Where would we find a home — lesbian moms, half Jewish, looking for a community that would feed our souls? A friend said "there's a funky shul in Sudbury — try it." Sixteen years later, here we still are at Beth El — home.
— Pam M