May 15, 2016


Mitzvah Day was once again a fabulous success with wonderful activities that benefit our congregation, our community and our world!!!


Hundreds of BETC members participated in the congregation’s annual Mitzvah Day, sponsored and organized by the Social Action Committee. The event touched more than a thousand lives.

Here’s a list of accomplishments!!


We made:

welcome baskets 5  39  Polar fleece blankets for at-risk infants in the Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ transitional housing program for teen parents and the Somerbaby program at the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative

  78  Birthday cards for Temple elders

262  Emergency Room Activity Kits for kids waiting in the emergency rooms at Boston Medical Center

132  Personal Care Kits for homeless teens

464  Bookmarks for local literacy programs

  43  Painted flowerpots filled with flowers for elders

  71  Painted Onesies for at-risk infants born at Boston Medical Center and for the new babies born to mothers sheltering at New Day in Somerville

Dinner and PB+J sandwiches for more than 110 homeless men and women at CASPAR shelter in Cambridge.

                                                                       We sorted:


      27      Bags and boxes of donated childrens’ clothes and toys for Cradles to Crayons and newly arriving refugee families helped by RIAC

      12      Bags and big boxes of books for More Than Words Bookstore run by and benefitting at risk teens, the Reach Out and Read program in Waltham and the After School Children’s Library at the New American Center in Lynn.


We pulled out:
18   Tall garden debris bags of invasive plants around Blair Pond


We planted:

Lots of vegetables seeds in raised beds at Beth El Temple Center to provide fresh vegetables for people using Belmont Food Pantry


As Part of the Welcoming the Stranger – Refugee Response Initiative

We made made and sorted:

  22       Welcome baskets and bags filled with kitchen and household supplies for newly arriving refugee families from Asia and Africa

    3       Move-In bins of supplies for refugee families arriving in the next few weeks

    4       Big bags of elementary and middle school books for the After School Children’s Library at the New American Center in Lynn


We signed up:

  12      Temple members to receive action alerts about refugee and immigrant legislation.


...and then we shared a wonderful Community Potluck Lunch organized by The Brotherhood!



Upcoming Services

Sat, Jun 1 @ 10:15am
Shabbat Morning Service with BRM
Sun, Jun 2 @ 8:45am
Fri, Jun 7 @ 7:00pm
Shabbat Evening Service
Sat, Jun 8 @ 10:15am
Shabbat Morning Service with BTM

Upcoming Events

Thu May 30 @ 7:35PM
Lehrhaus Field Trip #2

Sun Jun 09 @10:00AM

Thu Jun 13 @ 7:00PM
A Conversation with Palestinian Israeli Citizens

rainbow hands

Contact Info

Beth El Temple Center
2 Concord Ave
Belmont, MA 02478
(617) 484-6668
[email protected]