Social Action (Tikkun Olam)

Tikkun Olam translates to "repairing the world". Through our Tikkun Olam activities, Congregation Beth Shalom members step into every human's role of creating the compassionate world with peace and understanding that we all seek. We claim our own divine power to continue to shape and create the future of our community and our existence.

In his book: The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness, Rabbi Rami Shapiro teaches us about being created in the image and likeness of God: We are born in the image of God.

Just as a wave is the ocean extended in time and space, so each one of us is God made manifest, extended in time and space.

What does it mean though to be in the likeness of God? Being in the likeness of God means that we have the potential to act in a creative, compassionate, Godly manner. It means that we can, regardless of our ideology, theology, and politics, engage each moment and each living being with lovingkindness. It means we can step aside from our idolatry of an unsatisfying reality, and engage our higher voices to continue creation, and be part of the change we wish to see. We are born in the image of God, but living out the likeness of God is a choice.

Here are some of the ways we are making that choice together:

Food, Shelter, and Wellness

We have several ongoing projects with the Loaves and Fishes food pantry and PADS homeless shelter. We also occasionally have blood drives and wellness screenings. Details are below. For more information, click here to contact The Social Action Committee.

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We seek to find openings for dialog, personal encounter, and joint projects with all members of our extended community. From interfaith dinners, to joint art projects, to discussion panels, we are happy to share our traditions, and open ourselves to be enriched by others. Details are below. For more information, click here to contact The Social Action Committee.

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Eco-Kosher is a term coined by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in the 1970s. It encourages us to heed our tradition and blend it with our modern global consciousness and citizenship. Is it enough to eat only kosher meats if those meats were fed with pesticide laced grains? Is it enough to bless Shabbat wine if it is served in a non-decomposing/non-recyclable plastic cup? Is it enough to eat vegetarian if those fields were harvested with underpaid workers?

In the past, CBS has (read more)

Mitzvah Projects

As part of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, our students each design and carry out their own individual service project. Watch the news ticker on our home page or check out our monthly newsletter to see what's currently going on and how you might get involved.

We also are planning for our next Mitzvah Day, coming in Spring 2012. This will be a congregational event, where on a single day, we all go out to do good. Typically there are 10 or so projects for individuals, families, and (read more)

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