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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 Update

Lazarus House Update
Thank you to everyone who contributed to another nourishing meal served at Lazarus House on April 30 (this
issue of the bulletin is going to press before the gathering, so we can’t acknowledge your generosity
individually). We are very grateful for their commitment and look forward to serving at Lazarus House again
on Sunday, July 30. Please let Amy know if you’d like to join us at at

Habitat for Humanity
On Sunday, April 2 Caren Jacobson, Robin Rose, and Susannah Abbott joined with members of Temple
Emanuel, Andover to help put some of the finishing touches on a two-family home in Lawrence that will soon
be occupied by two refugee families from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We are very grateful, as
always to Tom Baird, our patient and good-humored crew leader, and to our friends at Temple Emanuel for a
day of good work and fellowship. It was a lot of fun!

Community Events
Two upcoming local events of special note:
Sun, April 30, 2017
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
North Andover Old Center Common
200 Academy Road
Interfaith and community groups from across the Merrimack Valley will gather on April 30th in North
Andover’s Old Center to publicly declare pride in and support for the Immigrants that make the
Merrimack Valley great, and to provide visibility to the May 1st Day Without Immigrants in

Mon, May 1, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (with a march through Lawrence at noon)
Campagnone Common
200 Common Street
Cosecha Lawrence and several other local organizations are calling on immigrants and those who
support their rights to participate in a nationwide Day Without Immigrants – immigrants are
encouraged to stay home from work and not make any purchases on May 1 as a way of showing the
public how much the economy of this country depends on immigrants.
Whether you are an immigrant or a descendant of immigrants, these two events are an opportunity to
show that members of the Jewish community stand for tolerance and civil rights.

The Social Action Committee welcomes your ideas for tikkun olam, repairing the world.  Please let us know if you would like to join or would like to suggest a project!

Amy Friedman Lee and Susannah Abbott