The Social Action Committee has organized a number of very worthwhile activities, and we need your help! We know that you each have so much to offer those who are less fortunate. We are looking for volunteers for the following:
POTLUCK IN THE PARK COOKIE BAKING
Sunday, December 8, 10:00 AM
Blumauer Auditorium Kitchen
Beginning on December 8, we will be supplying the desserts for Potluck in the Park on the second Sunday of each month. It will be a fun time to get together and "do good." Just bring yourself, your friends and your cookie baking ability.
HOLIDAY PARTY FOR NORTHWEST TOWER AND ANNEX
We are sponsoring a holiday party for our neighbors at the Northwest Tower and Annex on Sunday afternoon, December 15 from 1:30 to 3:30. If you would like to help plan and/or attend this party, please let us know.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE CHILDREN AT NW TOWER ANNEX
We are continuing our annual gift giving for the children. Click here to sign up to buy Christmas gifts for the children at NW Tower Annex.
NORTHWEST TOWER ANNEX - TUTORING AND ENRICHMENT
Every Wednesday, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Please help us help the children at the Northwest Tower Annex, our neighbors next door to CBI. Our volunteers started an after school enrichment/tutoring program each Wednesday from 4:30 until 5:30. Volunteers do not have to commit to coming weekly, but we hope you will try to come at least once a month.
Please email us for more information and to volunteer.
LIFT URBAN PORTLAND HOLIDAY DINNER
The teams are filling up! Every year, CBI graciously hosts a community holiday dinner and many of our congregants generously offer their time to ensure a festive event for our guests. This year the dinner is on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed before, during and after the dinner: to prepare and decorate, fill gift bags, greet our guests, serve meals, and clean up.
You can sign up here to help.
VOLUNTEER REQUESTS FROM LIFT URBAN PORTLAND
Lift UP has volunteer opportunities with its new Wellness program which will be providing nutrition and fitness programs at the 4 Adopt-A-Highrise buildings. It is looking for volunteers to be trained (for free!) in the following two evidence based fitness programs:
Walk With Ease – training is online and then volunteers pair up to lead a walking group either 3 times a week for 6 weeks or 2 times a week for 9 weeks.
Matter of Balance (fall prevention and physical activity promotion) – training will be in person with a certified Master Trainer (8 hr training) and classes will be 2 times a week for 8 weeks.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent Soup Sac Day!
It was our most successful Soup Sac day ever! You made and delivered more soup than ever, and we are so grateful for your efforts. Everyone had fun and made the day better for the many recipients of our lunches. Please join us again on MLK, Jr. Day - Monday, January 20 when we will try to break our record for the number of lunches we can deliver.
Special thanks to our donors: Rob LaForte, who provided over 300 apples and pears, and Ken's Artisan Bakery, for giving us a vast array of breads. Thanks to Franz Bakery for letting us participate in its discounted bread program.
Thanks for your commitment to Tikkun Olam.
In the spirit of Tikkun Olam, our last programming year was filled with CBI congregants participating in numerous acts of loving kindness - gemilut chasadim:
Our annual High Holiday Food Drive was a great success. Recognizing the benefit of providing funding to our recipient organizations, Lift Urban Portland and the Sunshine Pantry, we provided our congregants with the opportunity to make cash donations, as well as food donations.
Implementing the vision of Solomon and Andrew Olshin, the Social Action Committee ran three successful SoupSac programs.
The Committee also continued its support of the NW Tower and Annex as part of the Lift Urban Portland Adopt-a-Highrise Program. With your generous contributions and the shopping expertise of Joanie Rosenbaum, we expanded the back to school supply drive for the children of the NW Tower Annex to purchase the items on the children’s class lists.
Lynn Tobias, Sarah Epstein, and Joanie Rosenbaum are working with Urban Gleaners seeking new food donors.
Committee members provided a Christmas Eve dinner and gifts for the residents of Stepping Stones and their children.
Daphna Stadig and Kate Royston organized the Pots and Pans for Purim for the Community Warehouse.
With the support of the Religious School, the Committee also provided gift bags for the guests at the Trinity Episcopal Church Easter dinner.
We ended the program year with a well-attended Mitzvah Day, led by James Anchell, Janet Morgan, Mary Scalone and Julia Waldinger.
Sherry Fishman coordinated activities as our representative to the JFGP Community Relations Committee. Members of the Committee agreed to form a team for the Village Support Network. The Allocations Subcommittee chaired by Lynn Tobias voted to provide contributions to: Janus Youth Programs in honor of Beth Israel Sisterhood’s receipt of the Gold Or Ami “Light of My People” Award, the Israel Religious Action Center’s Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism - Women of the Wall, the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin, Camp Rosenbaum, Jewish Family and Child Service, Community Warehouse, Lift Urban Portland for its annual Christmas Dinner and food programs (including $2,000 as the first contribution to the newly named Eve and Alan Rosenfeld Food Fund), the Meals on Wheels People, the Village Support Network, Sisters of the Road Cafe, Urban Gleaners, and programs for the residents of the NW Tower and Annex.
Our work would not be possible without the expert guidance from Rabbi Joseph, Rabbi Cahana, Cantor Cahana, and Sydney Baer and the unstinting support from Jemi Mansfield, Tracy Alifanz, Jim Baldwin, Vicki Greif, Dara Docherty, and Craig Paton and his team.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated clergy and staff, as well as our co-chairs James Anchell, Janet Morgan, Mary Scalone and Julia Waldinger, we enjoyed another very special Mitzvah Day. Special thanks go to Rabbi Joseph for her leadership in bringing a new dimension to the day. We also want to thank our team leaders who brought energy and commitment to making each project a success.
With projects for every age, over 300 people brought meaning to Tikkun Olam:
- we sang to the residents of the Robison Home
- beautified the CBI Cemetery
- did a neighborhood clean-up
- gave a birthday party for the residents of the Northwest Tower and Annex
- gave blood to the Red Cross
- donated to the Community Warehouse
- cleaned and polished at Janus House and delivered hand-made blankets and baked for 500 guests at Potluck in the Park
- sorted, stacked and cleaned at the ReBuilding Center
- donated food and sorted it for the Sunshine Pantry
- held a bake sale to help a child in need
- improved the library at Northwest Tower and Annex
- made placemats for Loaves and Fishes recipients
- created gardens for the guests of Ronald McDonald House
- made and distributed over 300 Soupsacs to those in need
Many of us even joined the Gift of Life Registry for bone marrow and blood stem transplants.
We hope that, by working together, we learned every day can be a Mitzvah Day and that each of us can make a positive difference in the world. As Jews we are taught that every human is created "b’tselem elohim," in God’s image. Every person is imbued with the divine spark, infinite in value and unique. Whether it’s working on a CBI project, working at one of our partner organizations, visiting a shut-in, or just smiling at someone who might otherwise feel invisible, it is both our duty and gift to respect and improve the lives of others.
In addition to the projects sponsored by Congregational Beth Israel's Social Action Committee, we partner with the following 503(c) (1) nonprofit organizations:
LIFT URBAN PORTLAND
JANUS YOUTH PROGRAMS
Janus is licensed to provide group residential and shelter care and a certified drug and alcohol program. Janus' alternative education school is approved for learning disabled and emotionally disturbed students.
Community Warehouse collects donated household goods and furnishings and redistributes them to our neighbors in need.
POTLUCK IN THE PARK
Every Sunday, Potluck in the Park volunteers prepare and serve a hot wholesome meal to hundreds of needy people and provide a welcoming community gathering place.
THE ReBUILDING CENTER
The ReBuilding Center, a project of Our United Villages, provides resources that make home repairs affordable to everyone, with the goal of promoting the reuse of salvaged and reclaimed materials.
RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES
The Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children and support initiatives to improve pediatric health.
Sunshine Pantry offers food, clothing, household items, toys and toiletries to families in need in Beaverton.
Urban Gleaners mission is to help alleviate hunger by collecting edible, surplus food that would be thrown away and distributing it to agencies that feed the hungry.
Questions about how you can get involved with the Social Action Committee?