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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.



Playground Community Build

During the summer of 2019 Beth Emeth worked together with Refugee Immigrant and Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE) staff and families, local temples and churches, to build a new playground for the kids and families of RISSE. Multiple faith and civic organizations worked in concert over many months to make the playground a reality and established long-lasting bonds that will allow these groups to work together on future community projects.


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



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



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.


(funded by the Goodman Family Fund) 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



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:
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








Sat, February 22 2020 27 Sh'vat 5780