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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.


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


 

Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Program

Monday, January 21, 2019 • 8:30 AM

The 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Program is hosted by Na'aseh, the social justice committee of CBE. The keynote speaker will be Roland Gibson of LIttleton, MA.  Mr. Gibson has served as a METCO Director and educator in various public schools. In his retirement,  he is a leading advocate in race and ethnic relations and is a social activist throughout the region. His topic will be "Matters of Race in the United States." Mr. Gibson will give a brief lecture, then facilitate an interactive discussion using case studies.

This event is free and open to the public.  Click HERE for more details.

Community Supper • Wednesday, January 30

CBE will serve dinner at Community Supper.   See STAR-Lite for more details and instructions for volunteer sign-up.

Suffolk County Detention Facility rallies - January 27 and March 31

 

Next Na'aseh Meeting • Wednesday, February 27, 7 PM at CBE

 

Protecting Our Immigrant Neighbors: A Conversation with Legislators (including Sen. Eldridge) • February 26, 7-9pm at UU Church of Wayland

For more information, see the Facebook Event


 

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

 


 

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.  To volunteer, donate or find out more information about donation drives, 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, January 18 2019 12 Shevat 5779