Today is March 22, 2018 -

Congregation Beth Israel

A spiritual oasis for the Jewish community

Riverwalk - 360 Merrimack Street
Building 5, 3rd Floor
Lawrence, MA 01843-1740

(978) 474-0540

Social Action

Social Action Committee

Share the Light
Please join the Social Action Committee in brightening the holiday season for children in need this year! We
are, once again, participating in Share the Light, a program organized by Temple Emanuel, to purchase gifts
for children in our communities. If you would like to purchase gifts for a child, or simply wish to donate a gift
card, please let Robin Rose ( and Rebecca Fishbein ( know.
Any assistance would be much appreciated!

Lazarus House
On Sunday, October 29, the Social Action Committee provided a nutritious dinner to more than 30 guests at
Lazarus House’s transitional shelter in Lawrence. Rebecca Fishbein, Caren Jacobson, Amy Friedman Lee,
and Susannah Abbott provided the meal, and servers were Rebecca, Lily Guttentag, …
Rebecca , Caren cooked and served and Susannah prepared the Main course.

Habitat for Humanity
On Sunday, November 5 we once again joined with members of Temple Emanuel for Habitat for Humanity’s
Day that Faith Built, helping to construct a two-family home in Lawrence for two families in urgent need of
affordable and permanent homes. We finished staining four porches, worked on drywall, sanding, and mudding,
and installed blocking in the framing of the stairwells to accommodate the installation of railings and
skirt boards. Special thank you to dedicated Habitat volunteer Tom Baird for leading us in this work and for
making the Sunday builds possible.

Cor Unum
Cor Unum, the soup kitchen in Lawrence, has an urgent need for people to serve meals and clean up afterwards.
To find out when help is needed, please visit their website,, click
on Logins then Volunteer Information Center login to schedule yourself. If you have forgotten your password,
and are in need of a new one, please contact the office at Many thanks to Rebecca
Fishbein Guttentag for alerting us to this need.

The Social Action Committee welcomes your ideas for tikkun olam. Please let us know if you would like to join or would like to suggest a project!
Amy Friedman Lee and Susannah Abbott