Repair the World
Beyond the walls of our synagogue we strive to do tikkun olam (repair the world) with gemilat hesed (acts of loving kindness):
- Participate at Feed My Starving Children and Loaves & Fishes
- Giving to MAZON, Ronald McDonald House and STEP
- Sponsoring Drives to Fulfill Community Needs
- Renting Tzedakah Centerpieces for non-profit causes
- Teaching Others to Read Through the Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Heksher Tzedek Social Action
To complement Beth El’s Gemilat Hesed program, we work to alleviate the economic and social conditions that have precipitated the growing need to staff food kitchens, donate clothes and food, and extend hospitality to the sick. In an unredeemed world, the Torah and Talmud instruct us to participate in social justice in the tradition of mipnei tikkun ha’olam, for the sake of sustaining or repairing the world in which we live. Given our laws and tradition, it is no accident that Jews have been in the forefront of movements for social change and social justice. To keep this legacy alive, our committee works with the support of Jewish Community Action and in association with other groups to build a community that improves the quality of life for all.
USY Tikkun Olam Dessert Auction
The USY Dessert Auction occurs every Fall following the holidays. Participants enjoy a delicious dinner followed by an entertaining auction featuring fantastic desserts. The program has enjoy great success in the past and all proceeds go directly to Tikkun Olam – healing the world.
Loaves and Fishes
Contact: Diana Rosen at 952-922-7389
This collaborative effort between Beth El, and the Hesed Committees of Adath Jeshurun, Bet Shalom, and Temple Israel is called Concerned Jewish Congregations. We continue to serve an average of 300-375 meals six times a year. January 2009 marked the twentieth year of our efforts serving at Loaves and Fishes. Each synagogue contributes money to cover costs for meals. Beth El’s contribution of $675 is donated by Norma & Steve Kaplan.
Paws for a Mitzvah
Get your pets involved in doing mitzvot with this committee. Plan visits to residents at Shalom Home West with USY’ers, Bar/Bat Mitzvah kids, other congregants and their pets. Chair: Avivit Galili
Contact: Judy Radel at 763-522-7202 or Terry Cohen at 763-544-1676
Every unit of blood collected can assist three individuals in the community. Help give the gift of life with a donation at one of three drives held at Beth El each year. Additional help is welcome in raising awareness and recruiting new donors. Chairs: Judy Radel and Terry Cohen
Collections for a Cause
Participate in a quarterly drive, organizing and carrying out a collection that meets a specific need in our community. This committee works closely with Jewish Families and Children’s Services to provide families in need with gifts and ritual items, such as candles for Hanukkah and food at Passover. Community needs may also include hats, mittens or infants/toddler items. Chair: Sue Koritz
Imagine being a woman in a crisis shelter or in a dangerous situation with no way to call for help. This committee is responsible for collecting and donating used cell phones, donated by congregants to the needy for their use. The committee also collects used eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club, for distribution to those in need in developing nations. Chair: Amy Segelbaum
Contact: Cookie Abramson at 952-920-4341 or Betsy Edlavitch at 952-926-9784
Help maintain made-to-order simha centerpieces that congregants can use to add a festive touch to their next event while helping others in community. Rental fees for the use of these centerpieces directly benefit local agencies. Co-chairs Cookie Abramson & Betsy Edlavitch