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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Partnership with Ugandan Muslim community
Our partnership with the Ugandan Muslim community continues to grow. We are referring them to resources that can assist with their individual legal, health care and educational needs.
Support for new Acton Police policy
Members of CBE's Na'aseh group, including Rabbi Mike, attended the recent Acton BOS hearing regarding the new Acton Police policy on due process. The official Acton Police policy codifies what has been their practice for years, and the BOS agreed that they would like to work on a similar Town-wide policy. Na'aseh members spoke in favor of the policy, but felt that it should be publicized more widely. Read our letter to Acton BOS.
Accompaniment Training Sunday, April 8 • 5-7 pm CBE swingspace As part of the Metrowest Immigrant Solidarity Network, Na'aseh is planning Accompaniment Training. Going to court is challenging but even more so, if you don't know the language, the rules, or you might be picked up by ICE as you leave the building. We can be a good friend and neighbor by accompanying someone. In this training, will learn to accompany people to district courts or to immigration courts.
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 email@example.com
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.
Cor Unum is a not-for-profit meal center in Lawrence that provides free meals in a safe environment. Approximately 250,000 meals are served annually, with servings twice a day, seven days a week! And because of a long-standing tradition of cooperation between CBE and Cor Unum, each year, on Christmas and Easter, CBE volunteers help serve meals at Cor Unum, to relieve the regular volunteers who celebrate these holidays with their families.
At this time, we are looking for volunteers to join us on Easter Sunday, April 1st. Because we had such a great CBE response this past Christmas, we will have two opportunities to help Cor Unum on Easter:
Easter Breakfast, Sunday April 1 - for those of you who are early birds, we would like 15 volunteers to arrive at 5:45 am. as breakfast is served at 6:00. This crew should be finished about 8:15am.
Second Easter Dinner, Sunday April 1 - We are looking for 20 CBE volunteers to arrive at 4:00 PM to help set tables, serve food, bus tables, wash dishes, and clean the dining room and kitchen.
Children are welcome, but must be 12+ to serve a table, otherwise they can shadow a parent.
So, whether you'd like to help with dinner, or you're an early riser, and would prefer to help with breakfast, thank you! Please email Chris Herpers; we fill the slots on a first-come, first-serve basis and 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
Volunteers for Easter Dinner
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.