On Friday, October 23rd as part of the Social Action Shabbat Service, the fifth annual Jonathan Jacoby Tikkun Olam Awards were presented to Lori Lander, Michael Wagner, and Keegan Harkavy. The award was created in 2016 to honor long-time Temple member and now resident of California, Jonathan Jacoby. Jonathan exemplified the power that each of us has to “repair the world.” He has inspired many in the Congregation both to do more, and to do better, at the work of caring, staying involved, and making a difference in the lives of others. This year's three honorees follow in his footsteps, and serve as role models to us all. Read more about their work in the program booklet.
The Beth El Temple Center Climate Team's latest initative can benefit the environment and BETC at the same time! Divert your home food scraps from the landfill; turn them into compost with weekly curbside pick-up service by Black Earth Compost. Read about the program here.
In October 2018, the online Belmont Citizen-Herald featured the work of Beth El Temple Center's Open Hearts, Open Doors: Refugee Response Effort with RIAC, the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center. As described in the article, our assistance includes donating household items and furniture, helping immigrant families become familiar with the Boston area and practice their English, and assisting them in finding jobs and housing. In the process, on-going friendships are built. Read the full article here.