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Social Action/Na'aseh

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 socialaction@bethelohim.org co-chairs Ann Budner and Barbara Michaelsen.

Na'aseh Initiative

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

Our Values

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 Events

* Na'aseh is sponsoring the next Jericho Walk at Burlington ICE - at 8 AM Tuesday, August 6 at the Burlington ICE facility, 1000 District Avenue (next to the Burlington Mall). Our presence gives encouragement to immigrants waiting for the doors to open. This event lasts 1 - 1 ½ hrs. Attendees need not stay for the whole event. If you bring signs, please make them supportive of immigrants. Questions? Please email socialaction@bethelohim.org

* Our next Na'aseh meeting - Wednesday, September 11th at 7 PM

* SAVE the DATES - Ugandan-American Potluck at CBE - Save these two possible dates for the next Ugandan-American Potluck at CBE - Thursday, August 8 or Tuesday, August 20. Our Ugandan friends are checking their calendars and we will confirm the date soon.

* SAVE the DATE - Jewish Racial Justice Tour of Boston - Sunday, October 27. 

8:30 AM - leave CBE, 9:30 - 12:30 PM - tour, ending at SImco's Hot Dogs, 1:30 PM - return to CBE.  Sign-up coming soon. For more info, contact socialaction@bethelohim.org.


 

Continuing Activities

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.

Protests and rallies against deportations

See Star-Lite for upcoming dates.

June 1, 2018: Rally for Children at Burlington ICE building, speech by Cindi Silverman

March 16, 2018: Why I went to Washington to March with Dreamers, by Sarah Coletti


 

Congregant Arrested in ICE Jail Jewish Protest - June 30, 2019

On June 30, 2019, CBE congregant Michaela Caplan, pictured above, was arrested alongside 35 other Jews as they protested, along with hundreds of others, in front of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) jail in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

From Michaela:

"Earlier today (Sunday), I was arrested alongside 35 other Jews while shutting down the ICE detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

I grew up learning about my family’s history and about the Holocaust. And I grew up pondering the meaning of never again. What would I do if fascism crystallized in the country I lived in? How would I take action, and when?

Never again is now."

CLICK HERE to read the full text of Michaela's inspiring response

Ways to get involved

To receive weekly updates of Na'aseh activities, email socialaction@bethelohim.org.

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


 

Cor Unum

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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 socialaction@bethelohim.org

 


 

Solar Panel Project

Social Action/Na'aseh is the sponsor of the Solar Panel Project.   An initiative to install solar panels at CBE was started in the Fall of 2016.  Check out the Solar Panel Project page for history, updates, and progress on the project! 


 

Household Goods

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.  In addition to working with clients, organizations or individuals can run donation drives to supply Household Goods with kitchen goods and linens or volunteer as a group for special projects.  To volunteer, donate or find out more information about donation drives or group opportunities, 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.

If interested contact Michael Sanders at mikusatch@yahoo.com for the next planned event.


 

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 Mock Mitzvah dance parties and spearheaded the Faux Food Truck Festival.  

 

 

 

 

Mon, July 22 2019 19 Tammuz 5779