The members of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills continually seek to demonstrate a communal agenda that reflects our priorities and values. One of these is a commitment to helping others in need. It is with this in mind that we have instituted our “Community Service Third-Thursday Mitzvah Program”. To learn more, see photographs of past programs or find upcoming programs click here.
“Family Table” is a JF&CS service that provides food (kosher and non-kosher) to needy families. A majority of the recipients are not Jewish. Most of the 70 congregations that JF&CS works with set monthly goals and choose 1-2 food items to collect. As part of our Social Action/Tikun Olam Program, we have pledged to provide twenty five (25) packages/cans of dried beans and fruit EACH MONTH from October to June.
Various subgroups of our congregation will take responsibility for the monthly collection of items. These include the Religious School, Board, Sisterhood, Sunday morning Minyan and others. At the end of the month a designated person will deliver these food items to the JF&CS distribution site at Temple Beth Am in Canton. As part of this program, we will have a Family Table food collection box place in a prominent location. Jack Levy, our Adult Ed chairman, will serve as our designated Family Table representative and will be the one to make sure our contributions are delivered.
Feeding the hungry is a mitzvah! Please participate in this important program. Thanks/Todah!
For more information on Family Table, click here.
For a more extensive description of the program and events please visit our Adult Education page.
We are pleased to report that 35 members of the congregation participated in our annual Passover “Ma’ot Chittim” (Let all who are hungry) fundraiser. $1,047 was collected and will be sent to Mazon, The Jewish Response to Hunger.
MAZON is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds. For more than 30 years, MAZON has been committed to ensuring that vulnerable people have access to the resources they need to be able to put food on the table. MAZON is a leading voice in Washington D.C. on anti-hunger issues, especially those that involve populations that have been previously overlooked or ignored. Yasher Koach to all who participated. http://mazon.org/
Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills supports the Milton Food pantry with donations throughout the year with particular support during Yom Kippur. The Pantry accepts donations of non-perishable canned goods and especially boxed and bagged items which are lighter to transport. The Milton Community Food Pantry is located at:
158 Blue Hills Parkway
Milton, MA 02186
Every year Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills donates toys to a non-profit called Teen Empowerment The toys are given to urban youth (mostly from Dorchester) in a toy give away for children in need. They are looking for unwrapped toys for children aged birth to 18. Gifts should be in the 10-20 dollar range. Please, no guns or war toys. For more information visit: www.teenempowerment.org.
Each year, on Christmas Day, Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills members volunteer their time in order to relieve those celebrating Christmas so they can be home with their families. Ezra which is the Hebrew word for “help” is a program sponsored by the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. For many years, members of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills have prepared, served and cleaned up for over 50 residents at Father Bill’s Shelter.
On Apr 30, 2017 Yuval Laster of the Israeli Ministry of Environment presented some of the criteria and considerations that the government uses to provide for its citizens well being. Laster is a Wexner Fellow on a one-year sabbatical at Harvard. He heads the environmental policy division in the ministry, and is responsible for national strategic and yearly planning regarding the environment and sustainability. Laster spoke to over 40 enthusiastic congregants, many of whom asked questions and provided comments during and after his talk. The PowerPoint presentation can be accessed on this website here.