Social Action

We are committed to Tikkun Olam, or “Repair of the World.” The Social Action Committee's projects include annual clothing drives; participation in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service; preparing and serving meals to the homeless; special Tikkun Olam speakers at Friday night services; food drives during Passover and the High Holy Days; preparing lunches for needy children through Mitzvah Mania, advocating for gun control and victims’ rights; and presenting the Friend of the Community Award. The committee meets monthly at BI and the homes of our members. Anyone in the congregation is welcome to join.

Give Honey for the High Holidays in 2019

The 2019 Honey for the New Year sale is open now! This year, your gifts of honey benefit the Beth Israel General Fund.  Our partner and provider, ORT America, does wonderful Tikkun Olam work, and our support as a community goes a long way to help thousands of people around the world. Your orders placed before August 5th will ship for free! Click HERE to return to sign in to repeat  your past orders or start a new one. 

Friend of the Community Award

The Social Action Committee of Congregation Beth Israel was proud to present our annual FRIEND OF THE COMMUNITY award at Shabbat services on April 12, 2019 at 7:30.  This year’s recipient was the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS (LWV) of Central Delaware County, nominated by Reisa Mukamal.  The award recognizes local individuals or groups of any faith who support or embody the concept of Tikkun Olam, or “Healing the World.” 

"The Invisibles" Movie Screened on March 2nd at BI

"The Invisibles" was clearly a hit at the March 2nd film screening at BI, presented by the Social Action Committee. The new movie, which was slated to open in theaters around Philadelphia later in March, was shown under a special arrangement with the film's owners. A crowd of 40 or so people, from BI and Ohev Shalom, joined Rabbi Helen Plotkin to view the exciting story of four real-life survivors of the German efforts to clear all Jews from wartime Berlin. These four, who tell their own stories in interviews and are depicted by actors in the film, describe their will to survive through the terrible fear and isolation they suffered. They even had to avoid other Jews who were betraying their own to the Gestapo.

Food Service at the Life Center in Upper Darby

BI volunteers serving dinner at a food serviceWhen there is a 5th Monday in a month, members of the Social Action Committee organize a food service for the Life Center. All members of the congregation are welcome to prepare entrees, salads, pasta dishes, vegetables, and/or desserts. No pork products, of course. Food is dropped off at Beth Israel between 5:30 and 6:00 pm, then taken to the shelter where BI members serve the dinner to the residents and others in need of a good meal. The next food service will be July 29, 2019.