The 2019 Honey for the New Year sale will launch is just a few days. Your gifts of honey benefit both our Social Action programs and the Beth Israel General Fund. Watch for more information in an email and on these website pages!
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.
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" 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.
When 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.