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.

Tikkun Olam Award

Congregation Beth Israel of Media presented the Beth Israel Tikkun Olam Award to congregant Eve Biskind Klothen at Friday night Shabbat services on April 26, 2012. She was honored for her years of leadership work with the national organization MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, City Year Greater Philadelphia, and other examples of public service.

Ms. Klothen is the Assistant Dean for the Pro bono and Public Interest Programs at Rutgers University Law School in Camden. She also teaches courses in negotiation and interviewing and counseling.

Raz Lecture: "Creating Liberal Judaism Around the World: Triumph and Challenges"

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 12:30 catered lunch followed by lecture

The 2013 Jonathan Raz Memorial Lecture will be presented by Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.  Rabbi Bretton-Granatoor is the editor and principal writer of "A Jewish View of Cults and Shalom/Salaam: A Resource for Jewish-Muslim Dialog."  The program includes a catered lunch and lecture following Shabbat services.  Please click here for more information.  RSVP to the main office.


Mission Statement

The GreenFaith Committee adopted the following mission statement at its October 2013 meeting:

We, the members of Congregation Beth Israel of Media, believe that it is our duty to strive to make our world a better place for future generations of our own community as well as the community at large. Because we believe in these values, we commit to reducing the impact of our synagogue on the environment and educating our members on how to continue these practices in their own homes. Our belief that all individuals deserve to live in a safe, clean and sustainable world calls us to carry out this mission.