social action

Philosophy of the Social Action Committee at Temple Beth-El:

If there is any one thing that unites us as Jews, it is our desire to engage in tikkun olam, the repairing of our world. The goal of the Social Action Committee is to channel our energies as individuals into meaningful endeavors as a group.

Our activities and efforts are as diverse as the people who help in our projects. Regardless of your level of religious observance, your political affiliation or your income level, you can be a part of tikkun olam at Temple Beth-El. What matters is your desire to make a difference.

Ongoing projects:

  • The Somerset County Food Bank
  • Mitzvah Day
  • Tu B'Shevat
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN):
    In this innovative response to homelessness, participating congregations host small groups of families who are in need of temporary housing. Temple Beth-El hosts guests for one week every two months. Click here for more information about Interfaith Hospitality Network of Somerset County.
  • Tzedakah Project:
    A cooperative venture with Religious School, which aims to raise the students' awareness of tzedakah, (charity).The students learn about the various local and international organizations which were selected as recipients of monies and other items donated by the students during the school year.
  • World Zionist Congress

Tzedek, tzedek tirdof—and justice shall you pursue. (Deuteronomy)

For more information contact Social Action Committee Co-Chairs, ChairSocialAction@TempleBethElNJ.org">Beth Borrus and Vicky Schwartz.