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Social Action and Chesed


Our Mission

In the spirit of Tikkun Olam, the Social Action Committee provides programs and activities to both educate and improve the social health and well-being of our members, the environment and those in need within the community at-large.

Our History

In the past years, we have established a Bikur Cholim tradition to keep in touch with and visit members who may be ill or in need of support.  We collect food for community members in need at Passover and collect toys as well as other items during the holidays.  

2021 Passover Food Drive

The Social Action Committee is collecting now through Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The drive benefits the women and children of CHANA. We are collecting funds to purchase grocery store gift cards, to help the women and children shop for needed Passover items. This pandemic year is especially difficult, as many women are in financial distress, and are homebound with their abusers, with little access to outside assistance. Please make checks payable to Beth El Congregation, with "Passover Food Drive" noted on the memo line. Please mail the checks to: Barbara Green, 3514 Anton Farms Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 Questions? Please contact Barbara Green at 410-486-4080 or

Bunches of Lunches

Mondays, March 1 & April 12, 2021 between 12:00-1:30 p.m., Beth El's Rear Patio

In this time of great need, join us in preparing bagged meals for those facing food insecurity. Pack the meals at home and drop them off with us—meals will then be delivered to multiple local organizations supporting those in need! For more information, click here.

Bikur Cholim

The Jewish tradition of bikur cholim (be-core kho-leem), Hebrew for "visiting the sick," calls on us to support the needs of those who are ill or isolated. Beth El volunteers provide transportation for our members to Beth El services and programs as well as to doctor appointments. Our committee works to maintain a lifeline connection with those who are homebound or need our support through telephone calls and personal visits.

Transportation Committee

Transportation needs are coordinated by Beth El congregant Paul Sheitel at 410-833-4455 or We continue to need drivers for Shabbot services. Inform us if a member would benefit from a visit from a Bikur Cholim member.

Caring Calls

A friendly voice can be the comfort someone needs during these times of social distance. Led by Cantor Melanie Blatt and a team of congregant captains, Caring Calls has been actively reaching out to our entire Beth El community and strives to keep our members connected. This intensive and urgent chesed initiative requires hundreds of individual phone calls, which will allow Beth El to provide comfort and support, assess emergency needs, and ensure no one in our community is left without essential items such as food, medicines and supplies. We are also continuing to work on connecting our members with technology so they can get involved with our virtual programming.

We invite you to join the chesed team by contacting Cantor Melanie Blatt at If you are interested in receiving a call from our Caring Callers, please email Cantor Blatt, no questions asked.

Chesed Notification Form

If you or someone you know are in need of the following:

  • A call or visit from the clergy
  • A visit from the Chesed group (made out of congregants)
  • Name added to Mi Shebirach list
  • No recognition - just want us to know

Please fill out our Chesed Notification Form here.

Shiva Visit Sub-Committee

The Shiva Visit Sub-Committee visits Beth El members when they have suffered the loss of a close family member, contact Beth El member Jeanette Davis at

Health Committee

The Health Committee organizes blood donation days at Beth El. For more information, contact Beth El member Sonya Goodman at

Hope Lodge - currently on hold

Beth El volunteers prepare and serve full course dinners at Hope Lodge at least six times a year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Baltimore’s Hope Lodge, a facility of the American Cancer Society, offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients from all over the world who are being treated at facilities throughout the Baltimore area. For more information, contact Beth El member Sonya Goodman at

Moveable Feast - currently on hold

Moveable Feast brings hope and caring to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging conditions by preparing and delivering nutritious meals and groceries. Beth El volunteers deliver food and gifts on Christmas Day and help prepare and package food on other days throughout the year. Our volunteers provide baked goods that are donated periodically.

Special Activities

Gift bags are delivered to homebound congregants at Rosh HaShanah and Purim. 
Our knitters produce hats and scarves for various organizations throughout the year. 

Donuts and sodas are delivered on Christmas Eve to 19 Baltimore County, state police and full time and volunteer fire departments in the Northwest corridor.

Myra Katz & Marci Elkin, Co-Chairs

Tue, August 16 2022 19 Av 5782