The Social Action Committee reflects the spirit of Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah within the CBE community by encouraging participation in a wide range of charitable activities, community service projects, and social justice initiatives. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org co-chairs Ann Budner and Barbara Michaelsen.
Social Action has formed an activist group called Na'aseh ("we will act" in Hebrew). We take specific actions of tikkun olam (repairing our world) in the realms of basic human rights, civil rights, social justice and environmental protection. We have three working groups that you can join and we all meet together monthly:
Immigrant and Refugee Issues
Economic and Social Justice and Gender Issues
Environmental and Climate Change Issues
In the spirit of rodeph tzedek (pursuing justice), we believe unequivocally that all human beings are entitled to equality, freedom and physical and emotional safety. We promote respect, justice, and inclusion; we reject the suppression of our constitutional rights, and bigotry and hatred in all its forms.
We recognize that CBE is a diverse community and we welcome all points of view. We offer a safe forum for civil discourse and open exchange of ideas. All participants, CBE members and non-members, who share our values are invited to help us fulfill our vision.
Upcoming Na'aseh events
Na'aseh Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm in the CBE Social Hall. Items on the agenda: Hurricane Harvey support, upcoming Bystander Intervention and Immigration 101 trainings, our emerging partnership with the Ugandan Muslim community, and more.
Bystander Intervention Training
Sunday, October 22, probably from 3-5 pm (to be confirmed). The training is being provided by Quabbin Mediation. A maximum of 30 may attend. We will charge $10 a person. We expect it to sell out and will hold another session if there is enough interest. www.quabbinmediation.org
Our partnership with the Ugandan Muslim community continues to grow. We are referring them to resources that can assist with their individual legal, health care and educational needs. They are interested in another social event; we are considering another potluck, or/and possibly inviting them to our Chanukah party.
We prepare and serve every fifth Wednesday at Mt. Calvary, across the street from CBE. Cooks arrive at 2:30; servers arrive at 4:45; the meal is over at 6:00. If you're 18 or over and able to help, please contact Barbara Michaelsen at email@example.com.
Our next community supper will be November 29.
Servers at the January 13, 2016, Community Supper: Shelley and Rick Green, Barbara Green-Whitbeck, Sara Levine, Jim Moineau, Stacey Briggs, Barbara Frank, and Liz Hess.
CBE volunteers for Christmas Eve (top) and Christmas Day (bottom) dinners.
Volunteer at Cor Unum this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner
For several years, CBE Social Action has been sending groups of volunteers to help serve meals at Cor Unum on Christmas and Easter. For those of you unfamiliar with Cor Unum, it is a not-for-profit meal center located in Lawrence, Ma — the poorest city in the state. It provides free, nutritious meals twice a day, 365 days a year, in a safe environment to anyone in need of food.
This is a wonderful opportunity to help a local community.Please email Jo-Anne Nyer at firstname.lastname@example.org as we will fill the slots on a first-come, first-serve basis and unfortunately have had to turn away volunteers in the past.
For more information about Cor Unum, visit their website at www.corunummealcenter.org. They are always appreciative of any support individuals can provide.
Volunteers for Easter breakfast 2016
Volunteers for Easter Dinner 2016
2015 Mock Mitzvah
Social Action is Social Too!
CBE's Social Action Committee not only supports annual CBE charitable projects such as Mitzvah Day and the Yom Kippur Food Drive, it brings the community together around food, fun and music. Social Action threw the Mock Mitzvah dance party in 2014 and 2015 and spearheaded the Faux Food Truck Festival in 2015. (Photos of 2015 Mock Mitzvah and 2015 Faux Food Truck Festival).
Update! Mock Mitzvah will return on Saturday, November 4, 2017!
2015 Faux Food Truck Festival
Household Goods, at 530 Main Street in Acton provides household goods, free of charge, to people in need. This is a great volunteer opportunity for adults and teenagers. For more information, visit www.householdgoods.org or call 978-635-1710.
Jewish Family and Children's Services Family Table
Jewish Family and Children's Services Family Table distribution day in Waltham, is a wonderful social action activity for families, kids and adults. Volunteers are assigned to collect food pantry items and deliver them to those in need. Pantry items include pasta, peanut butter, rice, milk, canned fruits and vegetables, baby formula, diapers, etc. Additionally, there are fresh food items, such as meats and fresh vegetables.