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
Na'aseh Monthly Meeting
Meeting/Chanukah potluck on Monday, December 18 at the Nyers' house.
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. They are interested in another social event; we are inviting them to our Chanukah party on December 17.
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.
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.
Our next community supper will be November 29.
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 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner
As in the past, CBE Social Action is organizing a group of volunteers to serve dinner at Cor Unum on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
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, and we have a long-standing tradition of providing volunteers to this organization for Easter and Christmas.
We are looking for 30 volunteers for each meal (but you don't need to sign up for both). Volunteers would be needed from 3:30 PM to about 7 PM.
If you'd like to commit now, or have any questions about what's involved, please email Chris Herpers email@example.com. Be sure to let Chris know how many people you are signing up, and which day you'd like to volunteer, Christmas Eve (the 24th) or Christmas Day (the 25th). This is a wonderful opportunity to help a local community, and we hope to see many of you there.
Please let us know ASAP if you can join us. We need 30 volunteers for each day, and if we aren't able to completely meet Cor Unum's needs, we'd like to give them enough time to find other volunteers to work alongside with us. Thank you
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.