The Social Action committee organizes much of Beth David’s work. Our auxiliary groups — Beth David Men and Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ)— and the Religious School all select and carry out their own social action activities as well. Often these groups work in collaboration, making our programs that much more successful and strengthening our community ties.
This hard-working group guides and coordinates many of Beth David’s social action endeavors. Some projects are ongoing, such as collecting food at High Holidays and year-round for the Mitzvah Pantry. Others change from year to year, responding to need and reflecting the interests and passions of the committee members. Any member willing to suggest and spearhead a project will find support and collaboration.
Several times throughout the year, Beth David hosts a cook-in, where congregants of all ages, including many children, come together at Beth David to prepare and freeze hundreds of meals, to benefit Aid for Friends. This organization delivers heat-and-serve meals to elderly shut-ins, who would otherwise have very limited access to hot, healthy foods.
Social Justice and Urgency of Now
Recognizing that at this moment in history the need for tikkun olam, repair of the world, is significant, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism launched the Urgency of Now Initiative on behalf of the Reform Jewish Movement. This Initiative focuses on building power and momentum across North America by engaging congregations in issue-specific social justice work that enables us to grow and learn from one another.
Beth David is proud to be one of over 150 participating congregations signing onto the Brit Olam, the covenant committing us to acting powerfully and as one to bring upon the world we want: a world filled with justice, compassion, and wholeness.
As a congregation, Beth David will focus on:
- Building relationships across lines of difference in our local community;
- Acting at the local, state, and/or federal levels to address the root causes of injustice through advocacy and/or congregational or broad-based community organizing; and
- Fostering a culture of sacred and civil dialogue in our congregation where all opinions are heard.