Social Action




Social Action Programs at Beth Emeth

Welcome to Beth Emeth Social Action Committee!

Tikkun olam, healing the world, is the core of social action and the heart of social justice. Congregation Beth Emeth Social Action initiates and promotes programs and activities that provide direct services to the greater Albany community, helping those in need, and advocating for public policy change to improve society for the benefit of all.

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.

Featured Content: Learn More About Supporting Local Refugees

On March 18, 2018, beginning at 9:30 am, we will hold an informational meeting and kickoff for the Congregation Beth Emeth Volunteer Effort to Support Local Refugees. Learn more about how to become a formal volunteer in affiliation with RISSE (Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus) and/or other community organizations with strong refugee support programs. Hear presentations from Rabbi Shpeen; Rifat Filkins (Executive Director) & Francis Sangabo (Operations Director) of RISSE; and Dahlia Herring, Co-Leader of the Capital Region Refugee Round Table. Participate in a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be available. We hope you will join us! Please let Abby Nash know you’re coming. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact her by email or by phone (518) 466-1244.

Upcoming Programs and Events

Albany Advocacy Day

Sponsored by Reform Jewish Voice of New York and NFTY

Monday, March 12, 2018

Make our voices heard. Join teen and adult social justice advocates across New York State! Participants will have the opportunity to lobby members of the State Senate and Assembly on important issues shaped by our Jewish values and perspective. In addition, teens can participate in an overnight program (starting on Sunday, March 11, 2018), during which they will learn more about relevant issues including gun violence and prepare the speeches they will read to their NYS representatives the following day.

Learn more about teen registration here

Learn more about adult registration here

Contact: Abby Nash (518) 466-1244, and Barbara Zaron

Volunteer Kickoff for Refugee Support Projects
Sunday, March 18, 2018

9:30 am - Light Refreshments
10:00 am - Presentations from Dahlia Herring, Co-Leader of Capital Region Refugee Round Table; Rifat Filkins, Executive Director of Refugee and Immigrant Support Services ofEmmaus (RISSE); and Rabbi Shpeen
Contact: Abby Nash

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Forty Days of Social Action

Beginning on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13, 2018

Learn more at http://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org and https://www.facebook.com/NYSPPC

Contact: Barry Davis and Abby Nash



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



MITZVAH SQUAD

Sign up to receive emailed announcements of mitzvah opportunities as they become available. Learn about specific projects, dates, times, and number of volunteers needed. No obligation to volunteer.

Read the Mitzvah Squad flyer - CLICK HERE  Contact: Lucy Siegel



SOUP KITCHEN

Congregation Beth Emeth runs a soup kitchen located at 369 Livingston Avenue (corner of Livingston & Thornton) in Albany. For more than three decades, our volunteers have been operating the soup kitchen, providing a hot meal to those in need. Volunteers are responsible for preparing, serving, and cleaning up. Individuals, families, congregation committees, and friends are all welcome!

Sundays, 11 am – 2:30 pm.  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 Diane's Farm, a wonderful garden 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.