"We are not required to complete the work of repairing the world,
but neither are we free to desist from it."
- Pirkei Avot
mission of the Social Justice and Action Committee is to inspire our
Temple Beth El congregants to assist those in need, to fight for social
justice by providing volunteer opportunities and information regarding
social concerns of our world, and to foster partnerships, cooperation
and collaboration among the various groups of Temple Beth El congregants
engaged in acts of tikkun olam.
vision is to be a congregation where repairing the world is second
nature, where young and old alike work side by side to assist our
neighbors in need, and where social justice and action are integrated
into allaspects of Temple life. Congregants will have opportunities to
participate in diverse social justice programs through various
committees and the religious school. Temple Beth El will be known within
the Charlotte community and the Jewish community at large, as a
powerful force for fostering social action and fighting for social
For more information, visit the Get Involved link.
2013-2014 co-chairs: Shannon Alpert firstname.lastname@example.org and Lisa Moreland email@example.com
2013 Social Justice and Action Year in Review
To submit a project or issue proposal, complete the Project/Issue Proposal form.
Once again we will be faced with a cold winter. As we have done for the last 17 years, Temple Beth El, Temple Israel and the Jewish Community Center will be hosting homeless “neighbors” from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. To find out how to get involved in Room in the Inn, click here or contact Herm Ziegler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Larry Leibman at email@example.com
Temple Beth El members will be preparing and serving
lunch at the Urban Ministries Soup Kitchen on Sunday, March 30. To volunteer,
please contact Cissy Gottlieb at 704-364-2880
Room in the Inn 2013-2014
Shalom Park Freedom School is looking for books
Shalom Park Freedom School has a new home for your gently worn books! If your New Year’s Resolution is to discard some gently used children’s or adult books to make room on your bookshelves for some new books, please consider donating these books to Shalom Park Freedom School. Each summer we send books home with our 50 summer scholars from Sterling Elementary and Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School to help grow their home libraries, and this coming summer we will also send adult books home with their parents at three parent evenings. Please bring your books in bags or boxes to Levine Sklut Judaic Library with a note on them that they are for Shalom Park Freedom School. (Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are in high demand, and we would also love any children’s books featuring people of color.) Any questions? Please contact Debby Block, Librarian and Assistant Director of Levine Sklut Judaic Library and Resource Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Abuse is about one partner trying to control the other. It can be as obvious as a slap or as subtle as an insult. It can include humiliation and bullying, control of finances, isolation from friends and family.
Learn more at www.shalombayit-nc.org.
Our Temple, in conjunction with Shalom Bayit and Safe Alliance’s Victim Assistance Program, is collecting cell phones for victims – or potential victims - of domestic violence. Unwanted cell phones will be reprogrammed to call 911 and used in the event of an emergency. Simply bring the cell phone and battery charger (in a bag or box, if possible) and bring it by the office for collection. For more information check www.shalombayit-nc.org.
Community Clinic Needs Your Help!
Volunteer your time in a non-profit health clinic, and help your neighbors with their medical needs. Temple Beth El is forming a healthcare team to work on the second Tuesday evening of each month for 2.5 hours. We especially need MEDICAL PROVIDERS, NURSES, AND SPANISH/ENGLISH INTERPRETERS.
Jill Lipson (TBE Member/CCHC Employee) Susan Abroms (TBE Member/CCHC Volunteer)
c.704-936-9808 h. 704-449-4795
Save the Date- Thursday, May 1, 2014
Shalom Park Freedom School Fundraiser and Friendraiser
7pm Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts
From Swastika to Jim Crow
$10 tickets go on sale in April- Light movie refreshments will be served
Come support our Shalom Park Freedom School scholars by watching this inspiring documentary about Jewish refugee scholars. This one hour PBS documentary tells the story of how historically black colleges in the south opened their doors to Jewish refugee scholars from Nazi Germany during WWII. A brief panel discussion will immediately follow the screeninf. For more information or to get involved, please contact Event Chair Cheryl Alley at email@example.com
Mitzvah Day - May 18th
Calling all Mensches! Join approximately 500 of your fellow congregants, toddlers through seniors, as we gather to help to repair the world, one mitzvah at time. On Mitzvah Day, we pool our resources, talents and hard work to help Shalom Park and the Greater Charlotte community. With 30 different projects to choose from, you are sure to find a great way to get involved. Plant a garden; help to prepare for Freedom School; make a lunch for those in need; clean up at Camp Mindy; work at Classroom Central; donate blood; and the list goes on.
Registration will be online in April. In the meantime, begin collecting your old electronics to recycle and books, household items, clothes, games and toys to donate. Questions? Contact Lisa Moreland at LMoreland@CharlotteLatin.org
Sterling Elementary Partnership
Volunteers Needed for School Year 2013-2014
There are many needs at Sterling Elementary. First and foremost are classroom volunteers. Sterling's Principal has asked our congregation to consider volunteering, if only once a week for a few hours at Sterling. Our goal is to connect each teacher with a classroom volunteer. Linda Hindel will be making the volunteer matches and would be happy to discuss these opportunities with anyone who might be interested. Email Linda Hindel at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 704-543-9190.
Please donate hand sanitizer, band aids, lysol wipes, tissues, and all sizes of zip Lock bags. Items can be dropped off in the Sterling Elementary barrel in the Temple lobby. Thank you!
Have you ever wondered how Temple Beth El got involved with Affordable Housing? Learn about our journey of the past and our vision for the future in a conversation with Judy Seldin-Cohen, past Co-Chair of our Social Justice and Action Committee and our leading Temple Beth El voice on this issue. Read "Conversations with Judy Seldin-Cohen" HERE For more information, contact Judy Seldin-Cohen at email@example.com
IN THE NEWS:
35th annual CROP Hunger Walk in Charlotte 2013
Beth El Reaches Out to Sterling Elementary
Faith communities partner with needy students
May 26, 2010
Mitzvah Day Devoted to Social Justice, Service
May 5, 2010
Temple Beth El Approves Resolution on Affordable Housing
April 6, 2010