In 1991 Beth David was one of the organizing congregations, under the leadership of Rabbi Henry Cohen, of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line. Beth David is now one of twelve houses of worship, and the only synagogue, to participate in this work. The program is made of congregations that provide shelter in their houses of worship, meals, and guidance to families who find themselves temporarily homeless. Up to four guest families live at Beth David for one week, approximately every 12 weeks. During that time about 50 volunteers provide food for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, prepare the meal and join the IHN guests for dinner, stay over at Beth David with the guests, assist children with homework if needed, and generally create a safe and comfortable place for families going through a difficult time. Volunteers are always welcome.
Our next hosting week is August 25-September 1.