Tzeddek v’Hesed (Righteousness and Loving Kindness) is Beth El’s program of volunteerism, one way we work to give back to, and strengthen, the larger community. Whether it’s one time, short term or ongoing opportunities, congregants join together to make the ideals of Jewish service live through our actions. There are many ways of helping:
- Food collections throughout the year for Family Table
- Special Yom Kippur and Passover community food programs
- Working at Miracle Kitchen, a monthly Framingham soup kitchen
- Chanukah Book Drive
- Participation in the Literacy program in the Framingham schools
Each year, new programs are added to the list as we seek ways to further our reach and provide outlets for the diverse talents and interests of our congregants. Join us in these life-enhancing efforts.
PROJECTS FOR 5771 (2010-2011)
September 2010 – “This is the Fast that I have Chosen” Food Drive
Bring non-perishable food, personal & household items to the Yom Kippur service to be donated to 5 area shelters and food programs — Vans are needed for collecting food on Yom Kippur at Beth El and to deliver to the recipient agency. Our Food Drive has become a BethEl tradition.
Hanukkah Book Drive : Help your children donate books for the literacy program in Framingham and sort, count, pack and deliver donated books.
Passover Projects: Provide and distribute Passover foods to needy Jewish Families through Family Table, B’nai B’rith Project Hope and Jewish Family Service of Metrowest – also people need to search Mapquest for directions
YEAR LONG PROJECTS
Family Table: Participate in Beth El’s commitment to Greater Boston’s Jewish Food Bank by donating meatless tomato sauce or 1-2 pound boxes of rice and/or delivering collected items to Family Tablein Waltham once a monthonSundays. Also to sort food in Waltham one Sunday and deliver to families on January 23 and February 13
Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy: Help teach a child to read in a Framingham or Boston school
The Metrowest Free Medical Program: Volunteers including physicians, nurses, and social workers and non-clinicians who can help with setup, patient registration, and other services for people without health insurance. Minimum commitment – one evening a month. Also needed, assistance with other functions such as publicity and fundraising.
Miracle Kitchen: Families cook and/or serve meals at a Framingham food kitchen on the second Sunday of each month – one time or ongoing commitment. Children over 7 are encouraged to participate with an adult.
Beth El Cuba Connection: Support our sister Jewish community in Cienfuegos through events, collections, and projects connecting our communities.