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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

* Next Jericho walk will be held May 21 at Burlington ICE at 1pm.

Sponsors are the Burlington Area Clergy for Justice (BAC4J). Check their Facebook page for MORE INFO

*  Faith in Action Day at State House -

Support immigrant rights in Mass, including the Safe Communities Act and the Work & Family Mobility Act (driver's licenses). Wednesday, May 22 from 10 - 12 PM. State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston. RSVP Here:  http://bit.ly/SCAfaithday   Facebook Event Page. Want to learn more about the Safe Communities act and the Work & Family Mobility Act (Driving bill)? - click here

*  Accompaniment Training -

Wednesday, May 22 at 7 PM at First Parish Church, 353 Great Road, Stow. Special focus on asylum volunteering.

* Vigil at South Bay Detention Center -

Sunday 5/26 at 2 PM, 20 Bradston St, Boston. Please come if you can - attendance may be light due to the holiday weekend.

*  Next Na'aseh Meeting - Wednesday, May 29 at 6 PM at CBE

* Next Jericho Walk – May 20th at 1pm – ICE building, 1000 District Ave., Bedford

 

* Using Our Voices and Values Workshop - Tuesday, June 6th, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Help us plan.   CLICK HERE  FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO REGISTER

Na’aseh means ‘We will Act’. Join others in learning how to advocate for legislation and get tools and support to take action. Discuss how our Jewish values apply to bills now being considered in the state legislature regarding environment and climate, immigration, and economic justice. Learn about Massachusetts’ two year legislative cycle with the expert guidance of the legislative chair of the League of Women Voter, Massachusetts. Share tips on effective ways to call, write, and talk to our legislators. We will apply what we learn to draft a letter or call script. No experience necessary - all are welcome.

* Jewish Racial Justice Tour - Sunday, June 9, leaving CBE at 2:00 (after Shavuot lunch)

We will tour many of the sites where Jews lived in Mattapan and Dorchester, including former temples that are now churches. Our focus will be on a particular program that brought redlining and blockbusting to the Jewish neighborhoods from 1968-1973, hastening the flight of Jews to the suburbs and hurting the African-American residents who succeeded them. Our guide is Lew Finfer, director of Mass Communities Action Network. Sign up here . 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


 

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.  

 

 

 

 

Fri, May 24 2019 19 Iyyar 5779