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. Our next Social Action Committee meeting will be on Sunday, July 7 at 10:15 AM in the Jerusalem Room.

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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, July 23
-Tuesday, September 24
-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.

Homelessness

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.

Racial and Social Disparities

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

Climate Change and Environmental Abuse

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