The Social Action Committee reflects the spirit of Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah within the CBE community by encouraging participation in a wide range of charitable activities, community service projects, and social justice initiatives. For more information email email@example.com co-chairs Ann Budner and Barbara Michaelsen.
Social Action has formed an activist group called Na'Aseh ("we will act" in Hebrew). We take specific actions of tikkun olam (repairing our world) in the realms of basic human rights, civil rights, social justice and environmental protection. We have three working groups that you can join and we all meet together monthly:
Immigrant and Refugee Issues
Economic and Social Justice and Gender Issues
Environmental and Climate Change Issues
In the spirit of rodeph tzedek (pursuing justice), we believe unequivocally that all human beings are entitled to equality, freedom and physical and emotional safety. We promote respect, justice, and inclusion; we reject the suppression of our constitutional rights, and bigotry and hatred in all its forms.
We recognize that CBE is a diverse community and we welcome all points of view. We offer a safe forum for civil discourse and open exchange of ideas. All participants, CBE members and non-members, who share our values are invited to help us fulfill our vision.
Upcoming Na'Aseh events
We are working on ways to support refugees and the local Muslim community. Suitcase Stories is live storytelling by refugees. The next Suitcase Stories is Sunday, May 7th, 7:30 p.m. at the Regent Theater in Arlington. Click here for details.
The next Na'Aseh meeting is Monday, May 15, at 7:00 p.m. at CBE.
Community Supper at Mt. Calvary
We prepare and serve every fifth Wednesday at Mt. Calvary, across the street from CBE. Cooks arrive at 2:30; servers arrive at 4:45; the meal is over at 6:00. If you're 18 or over and able to help, please contact Barbara Michaelsen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next supper will be a barbecue on Wednesday, May 31.
Servers at the January 13, 2016, Community Supper: Shelley and Rick Green, Barbara Green-Whitbeck, Sara Levine, Jim Moineau, Stacey Briggs, Barbara Frank, and Liz Hess.
CBE volunteers for Christmas Eve (top) and Christmas Day (bottom) dinners.
Volunteer at Cor Unum this Easter
For several years, CBE Social Action has been sending groups of volunteers to help serve meals at Cor Unum on Christmas and Easter. At this time, we are looking for volunteers to join us on Easter Sunday, April 16. Because we had such a great CBE response in the past, we will have two opportunities to help Cor Unum on Easter again this year:
Easter Dinner – We are looking for 30 CBE volunteers to arrive at 3:30 pm to help set tables, serve food, bus tables, wash dishes, and clean the dining room and kitchen. Dinner is served from 4:00-6:30 and you should be finished at 7:00 pm.
Easter Breakfast – For those of you who are early birds, we would like 10-15 volunteers to arrive at 5:45 am. as breakfast is served from 6:00-8:00 am. The responsibilities are the same as above, and this crew should be finished at 8:30 am.
Children are welcome, but must be 14+ to serve a table — otherwise they can shadow a parent.
For those of you unfamiliar with Cor Unum, it is a not-for-profit meal center located in Lawrence, Ma — the poorest city in the state. It provides free, nutritious meals twice a day, 365 days a year, in a safe environment to anyone in need of food.
This is a wonderful opportunity to help a local community.So whether you’d like to serve dinner, or you’re early-to-rise and would prefer breakfast, thank you! Please email Jo-Anne Nyer at email@example.com asap as we will fill the slots on a first-come, first-serve basis and unfortunately have had to turn away volunteers in the past.
For more information about Cor Unum, visit their website at www.corunummealcenter.org. They are always appreciative of any support individuals can provide.
Volunteers for Easter breakfast 2016
Volunteers for Easter Dinner 2016
2015 Mock Mitzvah
Social Action is Social Too!
CBE's Social Action Committee not only supports annual CBE charitable projects such as Mitzvah Day and the Yom Kippur Food Drive, it brings the community together around food, fun and music. Social Action threw the Mock Mitzvah dance party in 2014 and 2015 and spearheaded the Faux Food Truck Festival in 2015. (Photos of 2015 Mock Mitzvah and 2015 Faux Food Truck Festival)
2015 Faux Food Truck Festival
Household Goods, at 530 Main Street in Acton provides household goods, free of charge, to people in need. This is a great volunteer opportunity for adults and teenagers. For more information, visit www.householdgoods.org or call 978-635-1710.
Jewish Family and Children's Services Family Table
Jewish Family and Children's Services Family Table distribution day in Waltham, is a wonderful social action activity for families, kids and adults. Volunteers are assigned to collect food pantry items and deliver them to those in need. Pantry items include pasta, peanut butter, rice, milk, canned fruits and vegetables, baby formula, diapers, etc. Additionally, there are fresh food items, such as meats and fresh vegetables.