How Will I Change the World This Year?

Isaiah 58:5 reads: “Is this the kind of fast I desire, a day of merely depriving one’s body? Is it not the sharing of your bread with the hungry, the bringing of the wretched poor into your home, or clothing someone you see who is naked, and not hiding from your kin in their need?”

[T]Be Involved Social Action Committee encourages you to participate in our social action programs. Events are subsidized by the Chico Bomchel Memorial Social Action Fund at Temple Beth-El. Thank you for your support. View the 5780 Social Action brochure.

View the Social Action Committee’s response to COVID-19.


Shavuot Tzedakah

The [T]Be Involved Social Action Committee and Rabbi Stephen are encouraging charitable giving in connection to our Jewish holidays. As the Talmud states,  the mitzvah of tzedakah is equivalent to all the other mitzvot.

As part of the TBe involved Social Action Committee, Karen Halpern, along with Karen Weinrib, have been working with the rabbi and synagogue staff to create a culture of giving in connection with the Jewish holidays.  As our tradition teaches, we should engage in Tzedakah (charity/justice) and gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness.)

On Shavuot (May 28-30,) we read the Book of Ruth, which encourages us to welcome the outsider to our community, show loyalty to our family, and engage in acts of gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness.)

We suggest that congregants donate to Collat Jewish Family Services and Leket Israel. During this time of crisis, CJFS is helping through counseling, grocery delivery to needy seniors, and more. Just as Ruth insisted on staying by Naomi, CJFS stays by our seniors and others who need loving support and helping hand.

Leket Israel rescues surplus food to distribute to those in need, something needed now more than ever. When Ruth and Naomi returned to the land of Naomi‘s people, Naomi’s kinsman allowed them to glean grain from the edges of the field. Leket gleans nutritious food that otherwise will go to waste for the needy in Israel.


Ongoing Opportunities

Homelessness Prevention with Bridge Ministries

Temple Beth-El is partnering with Bridge Ministries to aid homelessness prevention in Birmingham. If you’d like to donate funds that will be given to Bridge Ministries for this cause, click here. Be sure to select the Chico Bomchel Memorial Social Action Fund and designate your gift for Bridge Ministries and Homelessness Prevention in the “occasion/special note” field.