Social Action




Social Action Programs at Beth Emeth

Welcome to the Social Action Network!

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!

The Soup Kitchen

Join us and have fun!

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.

The soup kitchen functions completely through volunteers. We have volunteers who procure the food, plan the menus, crew chief the Sunday meal service, schedule the volunteers, procure grants to help fund the soup kitchen.

We have been operating the soup kitchen for well over three decades. Unfortunately many of our crew chiefs are aging out and unable to continue their invaluable work.
Working the soup kitchen is both fun and an opportunity to do something good for our community. Often times a whole family will join a crew, sometimes a committee of the congregation, a chavurah or a group of friends.

We really need you to volunteer. I would love to see every member of the congregation volunteer at least one Sunday a year. I am asking for volunteers who have staffed the kitchen over the years to become crew chiefs. We also need back-ups for our organizers.

Volunteers work from about 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM, preparing and serving the meal as well as cleaning up afterward.

If you want to staff the kitchen on a future Sunday contact Barry Davis/Abby Nash or call Abby at 518 466-1244.. I guarantee you will feel good if you do. Thank you so much for volunteering.


RJV Advocacy Day

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

Committee Meetings-

Sunday February 12, 2017 at 9:15am

Monday April 24 at 7:00pm

Sunday June 11at 9:15am




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.

Contact:

Barry Davis or call 237-5553.



MITZVAH SQUAD

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



SOUP KITCHEN

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.

Volunteers work from about 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM, preparing and serving the meal as well as cleaning up afterward.

Want to volunteer or have any questions?  CLICK HERE



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.