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We had the honor of attending Greater Framingham Community Church’s 37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr Day Breakfast, which featured a wide range of speakers and performers. Beth El’s wonderful Cantor Vera gave the invocation at the breakfast.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we also co-sponsored Congregation Beth Elohim (Acton)’s 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Day Breakfast featuring civil rights leader and co-founder of METCO, Jean McGuire.
We continued to participate in a biweekly service opportunity at Greater Framingham Community Church, a predominantly Black church in Framingham. Every other Friday, members of the church and others pack grocery bags for low-income families in the area – folks who might be on food stamps or who need a little extra assistance.
We are planning two upcoming programs:
Contacts: Judy Goldberg and Karen Blumenfeld (antiracism@BethElSudbury.org)
We have two blood drives scheduled for 2024 on Wednesday, March 27 and Wednesday, July 17, both from 2–7 p.m.
We continue to track efforts to undermine the insidious Mapping Project. Currently there is activity in the US House of Representatives on this topic. Contact Paul Rosenbaum for specifics. Additionally, we attend/share information about ongoing online education and updates regarding antisemitism.
Activities in the planning stage:
The Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy (GBJCL) mobilizes the Jewish community to help elementary school children discover the joy of reading by building meaningful relationships with a caring adult. Through partnerships, GBJCL engages volunteers in school-based one-to-one reading tutoring, book drives, and advocacy efforts in high-needs schools. Volunteers come from all backgrounds and do not need professional training in education, nor are they required to be Jewish. GBJCL is a community engagement effort of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston.
If you are interested in taking part in Green Team initiatives, please contact John at email@example.com to connect with a Green Team member. Join their listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to report that thanks to the 192 volunteers who showed up, rolled up their sleeves, and together made:
All products have been donated to SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity Council) and its network of shelters, Jewish Family Services of MetroWest, Father Bill’s and MainSpring, Project Linus, Harmony Grove School, and Project Soup.
As many of you know, the Metrowest Free Medical Program as had a long, close relationship with Beth El dating back to the Program’s founding in 2004. The Program saw patients in the Sanctuary most Tuesday evenings until we had to take a hiatus due to Covid in 2021. Many of you have volunteered with us in the past and some are still volunteering with us in our new location at 246 Maple St. in Marlborough. We continue to see uninsured and underinsured patients who would not have access to health care without our Program.
These are our current services for which we need volunteers:
The following volunteers are needed:
Other Volunteers for the Clinics
Other Volunteer Opportunities
In addition to helping in the clinics, there are many other ways you can support the Program. For example:
To get more information and to let us know you’re interested, please click here. Updates on this program can be found in the monthly newsletter posted on their website at metrowestfreemedicalprogram.org.
The main work of the Sanctuary Committee recently has been organizing our annual HIAS Refugee Weekend earlier in February. To read about the weekend, click here. This all has been the work of many people, but the main organizers, who deserve a great amount of credit, are Ann Kramer and Ann Barysh. In addition, Ann Kramer has been gathering donations of clothing for Jewish Family Services. And quite a lot has come in!
Next month, we’ll be planning our support for the HIAS Spring Advocacy Week in early April. This will be particularly critical this year, since Congress seems well on the way to passing a dreadful anti-immigrant program, and we need to work with others to change our government’s policy — not an easy task, and unfortunately, not a new one either.
Contact: Carl Offner