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Social Action

 

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, contact Abby Nash.

 

INITIATIVE TO HELP LOCAL REFUGEES

Playground Community Build

On the weekend of June 22-23, 2019, together with Refugee Immigrant and Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE) staff and families, local temples and churches, we plan to build a new playground for the kids and families of RISSE. Multiple faith and civic organizations working together over many months to make the playground a reality is as important as the build itself. Social Action could use your help in raising money, designing and preparing the site and building the playground that weekend.

 

If you can help in any way, contact Dan Cotton  or 518.390.6894.

 

Ongoing Projects with 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

 

If you wish to work on any of these issues, 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 on Sundays from 11 am – 2:30 pm at 369 Livingston Avenue (corner of Livingston & Thornton) in Albany. For more than three decades, our volunteers have been preparing hot meals and serving
those in need in our community. Volunteers are responsible for preparing, serving, and cleaning up. Individuals, families, congregation committees, and friends are all welcome!

Want to help?  CLICK HERE to register on line. Questions? Contact Taylor Vogt  or phone 585-410-0263.

 

DIANE’S FARM ~ BETH EMETH’S SOUP KITCHEN GARDEN
(funded by the Goodman Family Fund)

https://images.shulcloud.com/3408/uploads/Images/Website/04-Be-Involved/Social-Action/dianesgardenmedium.jpgCalling 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

 

RELIGIOUS ACTION CENTER OF REFORM JUDAISM (RAC)

For nearly six decades, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (the RAC) has been the hub of Jewish social justice work in the United States. Congregants interested in advocating for public policy issues on the national level or attending the annual Consultation of Conscience or other programs can learn more about RAC in Washington, DC at the following site: https://rac.org/
RAC-NY advocates for social change on a wide range of state issues and holds an annual advocacy day in Albany each spring. For more information, go to https://rac.org/rac-ny-albany-advocacy-day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tue, June 18 2019 15 Sivan 5779