Social Action

The mission of the Social Action committee at Bet Shalom is to educate congregants about social justice issues related to Jewish values, and to promote congregation-wide engagement in the work of tikkun olam, the healing of our world.

Listed below are our five pillars of Social Action.

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Highlights

Bet Shalom Partnering with Beacon

These Bet Shalom members were joined by over 600 people of faith this afternoon to support the work of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. Rabbi Crimmings, along with Reverend Justin Schroeder, opened the program together with words of blessing.

High Holiday Donations to ICA Food Shelf

This year, our congregation donated 3,313 pounds of food to the ICA Food Shelf during the High Holidays.

We increased our donation by over 800 pounds from last year!

Thank you so much for all of your support!

Homelessness

Bet Shalom as a collaborative congregation with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is supporting Beacons effort to build an affordable housing complex in Hopkins. Please read Vista 44 Materials  and come to either or both the Hopkin’s City Planners meeting and the Hopkin’s City Counsel meeting.

Bet Shalom is a proud partner congregation of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, helping families who are experiencing homelessness secure affordable housing.

For weekly updates from Beacon CLICK HERE.

Hunger and Food Insecurity

Please join us and volunteer your time serving a hot meal at St. Stephen’s  Shelter in Minneapolis with Loaves & Fishes. You can join us anytime it’s convenient and share a kind word with guests while serving food.

The time commitment is 5:15pm-7:15pm. You can contact us and volunteer for one time, or as many as you choose! This is also a great B’nai Mitzvah choice by including a Bar or Bat Mitzvah and a parent/s to share in this meaningful mitzvah as a way to ‘give back’ to the community.

The following dates for 2019 are co-sponsored by Bet Shalom Congregation:

-Tuesday, November 26

Please contact Marge Prohofsky (952)250-0403 by text or email maprohofsky@gmail.com or Pam Wiehoff-Kaufman at pammywk@gmail.com for details and information.

ICA Food Shelf serves our people in Hopkins, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Shorewood, Deephaven, Greenwood, and Woodland, Minnesota. Bet Shalom is a proud partner congregation of ICA.

Great Turkey Giveaway: 

Available to purchase before and after Religious School on Sunday, November 10, 17, and 24.

Cub food bagging:
Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27
Cub Foods on 101/7

Maynards (in Excelsior) Donation Day:
Monday, December 2
All proceeds go to ICA Food Shelf.
Reserved Seating: Call 952-470-1800

Racial and Social Disparities

To learn more about this organization, and how you can become involved CLICK HERE.

The Social Action Committee would like to distribute information urging the Israeli government’s support of the migration and care for Ethiopia’s remaining Jewry.

Harlan Jacobs ( founder and president of Genesis Business Centers, Ltd.) spoke a Social Action Committee meeting about the humanitarian crisis facing 8000 Ethiopian Jews who are left in Adis Ababa.

Harlan’s request is to have people write letters and send them by “snail mail” to Israel’s Counsul General in Chicago to help advocate for Israel to support accepting these Ethiopian Jews in Israel.

CLICK HERE for a draft letter to The Honorable Aviv Ezra.

To read more about this issue CLICK HERE.

Domestic Gun Violence

Working together to prevent gun violence. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Demand smarter gun laws now. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Climate Change and Environmental Abuse

A religious response to climate change. CLICK HERE to learn more.

If you are interested in joining the Social Action Committee, or have any questions, please email socialactionchair@betshalom.org