Refugees need supplies. Help us fill our wishlist. Visit our Amazon “Refugees Welcome” registry. Bonus points if your Amazon Smile is set to donate to Beth Shalom or an organization supporting refugee resettlement.
Beth Shalom’s Social Action Committee provides Beth Shalom members with opportunities for service and action in the larger community on needs such as homelessness, gun violence, hunger, and many other issues. In 2015 committee members formed Ahavat v’Avodat l’Adama—Love & Service for the Earth as a place for inspiration and action, working together to help heal our relationship with the Earth. Congregants are encouraged to join educational programs on contemporary social and economic justice issues as well as direct involvement with service or advocacy. We regularly partner with other community organizations and have recently joined the Faith Action Network.
Social Action Committee Goals:
- To provide the adults and youth of the congregation with opportunities to learn about social and political issues of the day.
- To facilitate opportunities for maasim tovim, good deeds, for all members of the congregation and develop and support projects for the congregation to work actively towards Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.
- To facilitate opportunities for building bridges between the different movements of Judaism as well as between faiths in working towards Tikkun Olam.
- To work toward incorporating actions and consideration of Tikkun Olam into the culture of the Beth Shalom community.
TEEN FEED: The 5th Monday of a Month. Task force feeds 25-60 homeless youth as part of an interfaith coalition. Contact: Joan Lite-Miller
SANDPOINT TRANSITIONAL HOUSING: We can always use new or gently used cookware and bedding, as well as books and games. Contact Judith Arms if you have any items to donate.
FOOD DRIVE: At least once a year work with the CBS religious school to collect needed food items for Jewish Family Service.
BLOOD DRIVE: Usually twice a year across the street from the building. Call the office at 206-524-0075 to check when the next drive will take place.
LAKE CITY MEALS: We are excited to continue preparing and serving meals to our hungry friends in the Lake City neighborhood on the third Sunday of each month, but need more volunteers to make this possible. To volunteer, please contact Leah Rapalee
Homeless to Renter Program
Homeless-2-Renter (H2R) is a Temple Beth Am initiative to help end homelessness. We at Congregation Beth Shalom support this effort. The goal of H2R is to move families out of homelessness by subsidizing their move into permanent housing.
Here is how H2R helps familes:
- Families are referred to Jewish Family Service (JFS) by one of more than 25 agencies, some of which provide long-term case management;
- JFS identifies a family ready to rent their own apartment;
- The family then locates an apartment they can afford;
- The H2R program funds move-in costs;
- H2R also provides household supplies, special afghans made by our Knitzvah Knitters, and, if necessary, helps the family with the costs of apartment supplies.
The main way we support H2R activity at Beth Shalom is through fundraising. We support Temple Beth Am’s Annual Sukkot dinner to raise funds for H2R. We also accept donations for H2R.
Please contact our Social Action Committee Chair if you are interested in learning more about the Social Action Committee.