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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

Thank you to the participants in these recent projects!

 ABC House Spring Yard Work

We had a big crew for Sunday morning yard work on May 2 at ABC House in Andover. Susan Connolly met us bright and early and told us about ABC’s wonderful mission providing educational opportunities for students of color from under-served schools. Then Robin Rose, Rebecca Fishbein Guttentag, Barbara Moverman, Ellen and Jon Brody, and Rob, Rachel, and Susannah Abbott with Jonathan and Kathleen Tales weeded, mulched, divided, planted, and performed a complicated wheelbarrow repair. Thank you to everyone who pitched in with various talents and especially to those good sports who came and helped even though gardening is not their favorite thing to do. To learn more about ABC’s wonderful mission providing educational opportunities for students of color from underserved schools, visit their website at

Habitat for Humanity Day that Faith Built

We continued our ongoing collaboration with Temple Emanuel, Andover, on May 16 for a Habitat for Humanity Day That Faith Built at the new homes Habitat is building on Lupine Road in Andover. Following a tour of the units with Habitat’s Faith Coordinator Thea Shapiro, we got to work with socially-distanced, outdoor projects, installing drywall in the garage bays and grading the site around one of the units. It was a fun and productive day under the ever-patient guidance of Habitat volunteer Tom Baird, who shared stories over lunch about some of the challenging living conditions faced by Habitat families prior to purchasing their Habitat homes. It’s great to see these homes nearing completion and to know that several very deserving families will soon be in safe, comfortable, and stable housing.

At this writing, the Social Action Committee is planning projects for the coming months after a very busy spring. We welcome suggestions – please contact Susannah at with ideas!

Thank you for joining us in Tikkun Olam!

Susannah Abbott and Amy Friedman Lee
Social Action Committee Co-Chairs