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Congregation Beth Israel

A spiritual oasis for the Jewish community

6 Dundee Park
Andover, MA 01810

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Social Action

Social Action Committee Report
As the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact lives and livelihoods, our commitment to tzedakah is more important than ever. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported the Social Action Committee’s work this summer, as well as to all of you who are helping in others ways, whether by making an extra donation to a food pantry or donating blood.


Thank you to Barbara Moverman for coordinating the collection of art supplies for children in need with Horizons for Homeless Children, and to all who donated!

CBI was represented by a small but hardworking contingent at the July 26 Habitat for Humanity Day that Faith Built with members of Temple Emanuel. There is a desperate need for volunteers at the Andover site, and experience is not necessary. You can learn more and sign up here:

The Essex County Community Foundation has raised $6.3 million to support area nonprofits through their COVID-19 Response Fund. They’ve made $4.9 million in grants so far for a wide range of organizations, for everything from emergency childcare and mental health/substance abuse services, to services for individuals experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. The Social Action Committee donated $450 to the fund, and we are grateful to everyone else who contributed!


I’m a Good Person, Isn’t That Enough panel discussion with author Debby Irving. Virtual Event sponsored by Courageous Conversations and Memorial Hall Library.
Tuesday, September 29 7:00 pm
Racial justice educator and writer Debby Irving examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel. This program is designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels. To learn more and to register for this Zoom program, visit:

Suppressed – The Fight to Vote
Wednesday, August 5 7:00 pm
A screening of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a 35 minute documentary by Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films, about the 2018 election in Georgia, will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Caroline Cole of the Andover/North Andover League of Women Voters. To learn more and to register for this Zoom program, visit:

Lazarus House is continuing to accept donations of nonperishable food in sealed containers at the St. Martha’s Food Pantry, 242 Hampshire Street, Lawrence between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM. You’ll find details here:

The Y collects food for the Lawrence YMCA Food Pantry and Merrimack Valley Food Bank at the Andover/North Andover Y (165 Haverhill Street, Andover) on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. A list of requested foods and drop off information is available here:
If you know of a community organization in need or have an idea for a Social Action initiative, please let us know!

Thank you for joining us in Tikkum Olam!

Susannah Abbott and Amy Friedman Lee
Social Action Committee co-chairs