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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.  

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 psheit09@gmail.com. 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 melanie@bethelbalto.com. 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 jeajekdavis@hotmail.com

Health Committee

The Health Committee organizes blood donation days at Beth El. For more information, contact Beth El member Sonya Goodman at sgood18@verizon.net

Hope Lodge

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 sgood18@verizon.net

Moveable Feast

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.

Woodholme Elementary School Project

Beth El members volunteer at Woodholme Elementary by helping teachers in the classrooms, working directly with students on specific tasks, or assisting in the offices or library. Interested congregants need only attend a one-hour Volunteer Training Session at the school to qualify. For more information, contact Beth El member Tammy Schnydman at tammyschnydman@comcast.net.

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
 

Fri, January 15 2021 2 Shevat 5781