Our rabbis teach us that one of the pillars of Judaism is "gemilut hasadim", performing acts of loving kindness. The mission of the Temple Beth Shalom Social Action Committee is to provide opportunities for "gemilut hasadim" and to encourage congregants to get involved and participate in these opportunities. We especially encourage direct involvement in those opportunities to help those in need that are in our Needham community or in the Boston area.
Here is a sampling of our Social Action Projects. We hope you will join us - it's great to volunteer!
- Circle of Hope The AnnualCoat drive for COH is in progress. We hope to collect 120 coats for men, women and children during the month of November. The collection box is located in the Temple lobby. Peggy Lowenstein will also do pick-ups; contact her at [email protected].
- JF &CS Family Table Bring a can of tuna, our monthly commitment is 100 cans of tuna and 25 cans of salmon. A beautiful wooden collection box is always in our Temple lobby for your tuna and salmon donations. Volunteer opportunities for packing and distributing food for Family Table are available by contacting Nancy Krieger, [email protected].
- Mozart School The Literacy project has begun and our volunteers are tutoring and reading to children. Nancy Krieger, [email protected] is the contact person for the literacy effort. A special project to commemorate our congregation's 10th anniversary with the Perlman family will support the Mozart School.
- K'Sharim Dinner We continue a TBS tradition of providing a Shabbat dinner and service for the K'Sharim group from JBBBS (Jewish Big Brother Big Sister). K'Sharim is a group of Jewish adults with developmental disabilities who meet regularly for social events.
- Tikkun Olam Day will take place on April 2, 2017. This community-wide effort has included these traditional volunteer opportunities: Wrap Them in Roses, Knit Hats for Israeli Solders, prepare the Needham Community Farm, maintain trails at Ridge Hill, bake Challah and create paper flowers and vases to bring cheer to members of the community, make birthday cards for homeless children and bookmarks for children at the Mozart school, and organize at the Family Table in preparation for Passover. Please contact Mara Gorden [email protected] with any ideas or questions. It's a big day and we need community support. We will also have breakfast available for all! To register online, please click here.