Today is December 13, 2017 -

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

Hike For Hope 
Team Tzedakah was a small but spirited group for this year’s Hike for Hope to benefit Lazarus House on October 5. Amy Friedman Lee and Susannah Abbott were joined by Laurie and Rob Schreiber, and Debbie and Steve Mason, all of Temple Emanuel. We raised $425 and enjoyed a three-mile stroll through Andover under blue skies followed by a picnic on the town green. 
Cooking for CBI Cares
Thank you to everyone who pitched in on October 25 to prepare tasty meals for congregants in need on behalf of CBI Cares. We look forward to the next evening of fellowship (and tasting!) in the kitchen.
Lazarus House
This issue of the bulletin will go to press before the Sunday, October 29 date to serve dinner at Lazarus House. We are grateful to everyone who participated and supports this important ongoing initiative.
Habitat for Humanity
The next “Day that Faith Built with Habitat for Humanity” will take place on Sunday, November 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is always a fun day of fellowship with members of Temple Emanuel, a chance to put those home renovation skills to good use or – for most of us – an opportunity to learn new skills. We will be under the ever-patient and kind guidance of longtime Habitat volunteer Tom Baird. As always, lunch will be served. If you’d like to join us please contact Susannah at
Merrimack Valley Project MICAH dinner
On Saturday, November 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Merrimack Valley Project will hold its annual MICAH Dinner at Iglesias Dios de la Profecia, 54 East Haverhill Street, Lawrence. MVP’s annual MICAH dinner is an opportunity to show support for MVP and to learn about their work. The dinner also honors several community members who have been active in social justice work in the past year. Tickets are $25 ($200 for a table of 10).
Share the Light
It’s not too early to make plans to participate in Share the Light, our annual project in conjunction with Temple Emanuel to gather holiday gifts for children in need. 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!

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 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