Last Updated: 09 October 2012

A Sampling of Current Social Action Committee Activities

  • High Holiday Food Drive: Each year we mount a major food drive for the Somerset County Food Bank on Yom Kippur. Our food drive coincides with a time of year that the Food Bank is traditionally low on staple food items Volunteers are always needed to help coordinate the food drive and unload the food
  • On-going support of the Somerset County Food Bank: We periodically mount food drives throughout the year in response to identified needs. Volunteers are always needed to help with these drives. During 5766 we hope to create an Inter-faith linkage for efforts to support the Food Bank.
  • Food Distribution: Temple Beth is responsible for distributing food to the needy the fourth Saturday of each month at Hope Church in Somerville, NJ. This is an excellent family activity that takes only a few hours.
  • Mitzvah Day: Mitzvah Day is an annual event that provides a range of activities in which everyone can participate. Activities include fund raising activities such as a car wash and walkathon, donations of material items to a targeted charity, beautifying the Temple grounds, organizing for advocacy activities, food donations, etc.
  • Tu B’Shevat: Each year we organize an ecology-focused program around this holiday
  • Support for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation – Each year we make a donation through this organization to a family impacted by this catastrophic disease.
  • Mitzvah Project Programs: In 5765 we initiated a program with the Religious School to help pre-B’nai Mitzvah students identify Mitzvah Project opportunities that may be of interest to them. We are continuously looking to expand the scope of offerings we discuss by having congregants and the community-at-large identify worthy organizations that provide age-appropriate experiences for our youth.
  • The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN): IHN is an interfaith organization that provides temporary shelter and counseling for individuals/families who find themselves without housing for a variety of reasons. Approximately every seven weeks, Temple-Beth El is host to the guests in this program. This is a volunteer-intensive program that requires 55 – 70 individuals to make each week happen. A range of opportunities exist each hosting week.
  • Mazon: Mazon is the Jewish response to hunger. When you visit the Temple Beth-El Café on Sundays, you will notice a box for donations.
  • Advocacy Programs: This program was initiated in 5765 and focuses on providing both the skills as well as the opportunities for advocacy on issues of social justice.