Social Action Programs at Beth Emeth
Welcome to Beth Emeth Social Action Committee!
The Social Action Network seeks to assist you to learn about and engage in social action and social justice.
Social Action programs and activities provide the opportunity to work with individuals and organizations that provide direct services to those in need of assistance, and to educate and advocate on behalf of needed public policy change. There is also a box in the lobby to collect food that is donated to the Focus Food Pantries. You help fill the box and a member of the committee delivers the food. Make a food donation today!
Please read below to learn about the various activities our Social Action Committee is facilitating at Beth Emeth. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact our Social Action co-chairs - Barry Davis or Abby Nash.
RJV Advocacy Day/Consultation on Conscience
Join RJV leaders and Jewish social justice advocates from across the Empire State for an educational, fun experience learning about key issues, the Jewish values that underpin our view on those issues and lobby your members of the state senate and assembly on those key topics May 8, 2017. www.rjvnys.org for more information
Our Jewish sages taught that it is our responsibility to play an active role in our community and choosing its leaders. This deeply embedded ethic of political participation has guided Jews to enthusiastically participate in the American electoral process.
The Religious Action Center (RAC) is sponsoring the Consultation on Conscience April 30-May 2, Join with reform jewish congregants from around the country to learn about issues of concern to reform judaism and lobby with your congress members if you choose - CLICK HERE. www.rac.org for more information.
Barry Davis or call 237-5553.
INITIATIVE TO HELP LOCAL REFUGEES
Specific refugee families have been identified in need of a variety of services and we are looking to develop a network of helpers who can be:
* Hands on mentors for refugees, or
* Service providers for refugees (eg – physicians, lawyers), or
* Provide funds, or
* Provide supplies, or
* Want to assist in coordination with our Social Action committee?
* Are you already involved with this issue and wish to work with our CBE Committee so that our efforts are coordinated?
* Questions? Contact Abby Nash
Join our e-mail list and periodically you will receive an announcement of a project, date, time as well as the number of volunteers needed. You are not obligated to sign up for any particular project!
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To join our MITZVAH SQUAD, contact Lucy Siegel
Every Sunday, Beth Emeth runs a Soup Kitchen located at 369 Livingston Avenue (corner of Livingston & Thornton) in Albany, 52 weeks a year. The Soup Kitchen serves members of the community who need a hot meal and a place to go. We have been operating the soup kitchen for well over three decades and it functions completely through the efforts of volunteers. Often a whole family will join our crew, sometimes a committee of the congregation or a chavurah or a group of friends.
Volunteers work from about 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM, preparing and serving the meal as well as cleaning up afterward.
Want to help? CLICK HERE to register on line. Questions? Contact Melanie Schoen
DIANE’S FARM ~ BETH EMETH’S SOUP KITCHEN GARDEN (funded by the Goodman Family Fund)
Calling ALL who want to help feed the hungry in the Capital District Community! At the back end of the parking lot at Beth Emeth is a wonderful farm - Diane's Farm which is cared for by our congregants. If you have a few hours to spare -- please consider signing up to help maintain our Farm -- NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! We meet Wednesdays from 4:30 --> 7:00 PM and Sundays from 8:30 AM ---> 11:00 AM. CLICK HERE to Sign Up! Questions? Contact Marni Tesser
REFORM JEWISH VOICE
CLICK HERE FOR THE REFORM JEWISH VOICE WEB SITE
CLICK HERE FOR THE RELIGIOUS ACTION CENTER OF REFORM JUDAISM'S WEB SITE
Click here for "The Hunger Site" Home Page to learn about ways that you can combat hunger now.