תיקון עולם
Tikkun Olam

Literally translates to "world repair" and has come to
connote social action and the pursuit of social justice.

 

The Social Action Committee works on projects and activities that address human needs, including food, shelter and security for families and children in our local and global communities.  Please share your talents, energies, and interests with us. Join us in our already scheduled activities, some of which are listed below.

There are many ways you can participate.  Check with event organizers for the latest information or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Our Tikkun Olam (Hands-On Service) programs include: 

Family Table – Beth El is committed to delivering 45 cans of tuna and 45 cans of low salt vegetables each month to Family Table, the Jewish food pantry operated by Jewish Family & Children’s Service to help Jewish families and other families in need. Leave donations in the SAC closet, across from the main coat closets. Temple members volunteer to deliver our monthly food donation and once a year, to help sort and deliver groceries.  Contact: Caren Silverlieb This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sukkot Harvest Food Drive We conduct an annual food drive for families in need during the Fall. Money is collected and distributed to local food pantries. Donations can be made to Social Action with Sukkot Harvest Food Drive in the memo.

Community Cooks – Beth El members meet once a month in the BETC kitchen to make a meal for those in need.  We cook on the second Sunday of the month, between 11:30am and 1:30pm.  It's great fun for cooks and aspiring cooks of all ages. Contact: Jeri Weiss This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mitzvah Day A day of tikkun olam and hands-on community service for the entire Beth El Temple Center community on October 22, 2023. Participate in one or more of 18 hands on service projects inside and outside the temple. Projects include: cooking a meal for a local homeless shelter, working at a community garden, sewing blankets for infants with special needs, painting flowerpots for elderly in nursing homes, painting onesies for at-risk new-borns, making birthday cards for Temple elders, making Welcome Baskets for newly arriving refugee families and much more. Contact: Lori Lander This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Literacy Tutoring – Members of the Beth El community tutor children at Tthe Plympton School in Waltham. Working with Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy, volunteers are provided training and support. The time commitment is one hour per week from October to May. Contact: Fern Kaplan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Refugee Response - Over 150 members of the Beth El community have come together in recent years to learn about the refugee crisis and think together about ways that we can help support refugees. What emerged was a clear commitment to build a formal program for addressing the cause of refugees and providing support for those displaced by war and oppression. Find out about our Refugee Response Team and join in on this important act of Tikkun Olam! Contact: Arlyn Roffman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Worship

Social Action Shabbat - Each year we create a Social Action Shabbat service to share with the community.

 

Collecting Immigrant Stories

As we continue to focus our social action work on immigration and the support of refugees, we are enriched by the opportunity to share stories.

Do you have a story about your own or a relative's journey to America? We would love to hear it! We are gathering stories from members of our congregation, in hopes of printing a "Coming to America" collection. Register to include your or your family member's story here or send an email with any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Did you miss our recent program? Watch it right here.

Recounting Our Journeys

Several congregants shared their stories with us -- describing how they, or members of their family, were once strangers in a strange land. The storytellers had expert help in crafting their stories from Jeff Korn, who is a distinguished trainer, actor and BETC member.

White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism, & the Role of Jews in the Movement for Black Lives

facilitated by Greg Jobin-Leeds and Dove Kent

 

Hear from skilled storytellers from our temple congregation about how they, or members of their family, were once strangers in a strange land. The storytellers had expert help in crafting their stories from Jeff Korn, who is a distinguished trainer, actor and BETC member.

 

Upcoming Services

Sat, Apr 13 @ 10:15am
Shabbat Morning Service
Sun, Apr 14 @ 8:45am
Minyan
Sat, Apr 20 @ 10:15am
Shabbat Morning Service with BTM
Sun, Apr 21 @ 8:45am
Minyan

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Contact Info

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