Beth El Congregation
In the spirit of Tikkun Olam, the Social Action Committee provides programs and activities to both educate and improve the social health and well-being of our members, the environment and those in need within the community at-large.
In the past years, we have established a Bikur Cholim tradition to keep in touch with and visit members who may be ill or in need of support. We collect food for community members in need at Passover and collect toys as well as other items during the holidays.
The Jewish tradition of bikur cholim (be-core kho-leem), Hebrew for "visiting the sick," calls on us to support the needs of those who are ill or isolated. Beth El volunteers provide transportation for our members to Beth El services and programs as well as to doctor appointments. Our committee works to maintain a lifeline connection with those who are homebound or need our support through telephone calls and personal visits.
Transportation needs are coordinated by Beth El congregant Paul Sheitel at [email protected]. We continue to need drivers for Shabbot services. Inform us if a member would benefit from a visit from a Bikur Cholim member.
The Caring Committee phone squad is chaired by Beth El congregant Hulane Zolet.
Shiva Visit Sub-Committee
The Shiva Visit Sub-Committee visits Beth El members when they have suffered the loss of a close family member, contact Beth El member Jeanette Davis at [email protected]
The Health Committee organizes blood donation days at Beth El. For more information, contact Beth El member Sonya Goodman at [email protected]
Beth El volunteers prepare and serve full course dinners at Hope Lodge at least six times a year, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Baltimore’s Hope Lodge, a facility of the American Cancer Society, offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients from all over the world who are being treated at facilities throughout the Baltimore area. For more information, contact Beth El member Sonya Goodman at [email protected]
Moveable Feast brings hope and caring to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging conditions by preparing and delivering nutritious meals and groceries. Beth El volunteers deliver food and gifts on Christmas Day and help prepare and package food on other days throughout the year. Our volunteers provide baked goods that are donated periodically.
Woodholme Elementary School Project
Beth El members volunteer at Woodholme Elementary by helping teachers in the classrooms, working directly with students on specific tasks, or assisting in the offices or library. Interested congregants need only attend a one-hour Volunteer Training Session at the school to qualify. For more information, contact Beth El member Tammy Schnydman at [email protected].
Gift bags are delivered to homebound congregants at Rosh HaShanah and Purim.
Our knitters produce hats and scarves for various organizations throughout the year.
Donuts and sodas are delivered on Christmas Eve to 19 Baltimore County, state police and full time and volunteer fire departments in the Northwest corridor.
Myra Katz & Marci Elkin, Co-Chairs