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.
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 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. Read our letter to Acton BOS.
Sunday, July 22 • 5:00-6:00 pm Tisha B’Av – Confronting Catastrophe A Public Communal Lament for our Broken Immigration System
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office, 10 New England Executive Park Ste 1, Burlington, MA
On the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, when we fast in remembrance of destruction and exile, we come together at the ICE office in Burlington to mourn the brokenness of our American immigration system. As children are separated from parents—not just on the southern border, but every time a parent is put in detention for months on end—we lament. As people who seek asylum from violence and economic devastation are denied refuge, we lament. As Muslims are denied access to their family members in the U.S. simply because of their national origin, we lament. In the face of the fear and uncertainty plaguing our immigrant communities, we lament.
Community members are invited to this public lament in the closing hours of Tisha B’Av, as we share stories, sing laments, and offer both support to those most impacted and call for a new vision of healing and justice.
BIJAN — the Boston Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Network — sends out times and places to accompany undocumented immigrants. To get their updates, go to http://bit.ly/joinbijan
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
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. Volunteers helped with food prep, plated meals, waited on tables, bussed tables, washed dishes, and re-set tables for 500 guests.
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.