Social Action Committee

About the Social Action Committee

Chair:

Who we are: Our mission is to identify and provide opportunities for the B'nai Shalom community to contribute to and engage in acts of humanity and social justice. In so doing, we will educate the congregation and instill within our synagogue a culture of social awareness and responsibility, as befits the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam.

Current Members: Wendy Damoulakis, Bobbi Feinblatt, Joel Feinblatt, Jeff Govendo, Janice Hirshon, Ross Krinsky, Chad McGowan, Lois Parker, Dick Seder, Christopher Senie, Karen Weiner.

The committee welcomes all CBS congregants, whether for permanent membership or to become involved in selected projects. Our aim is to work on local projects, such as recycling at CBS, Project EZRA, blood drives and food drives, as well as those of statewide, national and international significance, such as marriage equality, Hurricane Katrina relief and the crisis in Sudan.

When we meet: The committee meets once per month, usually the first Monday of the month, at 7:30 pm. Check the calendar on the CBS website for exact date and time.

Darfur Initiatives

Solar Cookers
We have collected money to purchase these life saving implements for refugees in Chad. These enable women to remain safe in the camps instead of venturing outside to find firewood. Donate online at the Jewish World Watch website.

Tents of Hope – in the fall of ’08, CBS will participate with the local interfaith community as part of this nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the genocide in Sudan. Learn more.

Contact Jeff Govendo for more details on any of the Darfur initiatives listed above (508.435.5192, jgovendo@verizon.net.)

Food Drives supported by CBS

Northborough Community Meals

Once every 6 weeks CBS provides a dinner for approximately 60 area residents at a church in Northboro Center. Some are homeless, others simply seeking companionship. Volunteers are welcome for both preparing an entrée or side dish, or for serving.
To learn more or volunteer, contact

Food Drives
CBS conducts 3 Food Drives over the year:
- High Holy Days, for the benefit of the Westborough Food Pantry (W.A.F.T.Y. project).
- Purim Baby Food Drive, to be donated to Rachel’s Table.
- Around Passover, “Counting the Omer” – boxes of cereal or rice, to be donated to Rachel’s Table.
To learn more or volunteer, contact Ross Krinsky (508-303-6711, krinsky13@charter.net.)

Rachel's Table
Temple organizations frequently coordinate with Rachel's Table to provide food donations. Rachelís Table is in urgent need of volunteers to deliver donated food to shelters, soup kitchens, day programs, group homes, and food pantries in the Westboro area. Good food will go to waste if we canít pick it up. Use your own car (stipend for gas used). Hours are flexible-you determine the amount of time you want to give. For more information please call Carla Szymanski or Lissa Kasakoff at Rachelís Table at 508-799-7699, email lissakasakoff@gmail.com, or visit their web page at www.rachelstable.org

Project EZRA

A program in which CBS congregants volunteer on Christmas Day for service at local charities, nursing homes and shelters, enabling regular employees to spend time with their families.
To learn more or volunteer, contact Jeff Govendo (508.435.5192, jgovendo@verizon.net.)

Red Cross Blood Drives

Working with the Worcester-area Red Cross, CBS holds semi-annual Blood Drives in the fall and spring. Volunteers are needed for each drive to run the refreshment table and assist in registering donors. And of course, all eligible congregants are encouraged to donate blood!
To learn more or volunteer, contact Jeff Govendo (508.435.5192, jgovendo@verizon.net.) Learn more from Red Cross.

Project Classroom: a Gulf Coast Initiative

Project Classroom was a very successful program. We and 7 other congregations in Westborough donated and shipped 155 boxes of books to an elementary school we adopted in New Orleans.

In addition an account with Scholastic Books was set up with the funds we collected that will enable our adopted school to purchase new books.

We plan to collaborate with the other congregations on more programs to help those in need.