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Brit Olam: Your Commitment to Making a Difference

Make a difference in the New Year! Sign a Brit Olam

It’s the start of the Jewish new year, and the beginning of Congregation B’nai Shalom’s 40th anniversary commemoration– what better time to reflect on where we’ve been and resolve to make the future brighter?

We invite all CBS members to join in a new social action initiative by signing a personal or family “brit olam” – a promise to the world. The idea is very simple. Commit to doing one action between now and next April to change or help heal the world. Even better, do this together with others and multiply your impact.

Not sure what you’d like to do? We can help! The CBS Social Action Committee will maintain a menu of mitzvah opportunities and can help match you up with others who share your interests.

Here are some upcoming opportunities that we or our members are offering:

Pie in the Sky 2018 - Join the CBS Team!

We are back again to help Community Servings' and their annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving bake sale. Community Servings prepares and delivers 650,000 medically tailored meals annually to critically and chronically ill individuals and their families.

 

We can make a bigger impact as a team. Which is why we are inviting YOU to help sell delicious apple, pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato pies this year for Thanksgiving. Each $30 pie we sell provides a week's worth of nutritious meals for a critically ill neighbor in need.

So what are you waiting for? Please Join the Congregation B'nai Shalom Team at this link: https://www.pieinthesky.org/seller-sign-up/ and don't forget to join the team of "Congregation B'nai Shalom"

If you would like to support one of the team members and purchase a pie, then please use this link: - https://www.pieinthesky.org/team/congregation-bnai-shalom/

Each pie is just $30, an amount which provides a week's worth of nutritious, home- delivered meals to someone who is too sick to shop or cook for themselves or their family.

Protect Transgender Rights – YES on 3

Get Out the Vote Canvass Day for Transgender Rights, Temple Reyim, Newton, Sunday November 4, 10 am – 3 pm

This education and mobilization effort will inform voters why it’s so important to vote yes on ballot question 3 to preserve anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. Sponsored by a number of Jewish organizations (including Keshet, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, ADL, Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action), in partnership with Freedom for All Massachusetts. Register here; contact Amy Rosenberg at arosenbe@law.harvard.edu if you want to carpool.

Jewish Community Pledge to vote yes on 3 to uphold Massachusetts law protecting transgender people from discrimination in public places – sign the pledge here!

Ensure the right to vote!

Serve as a non-partisan poll monitor on Election Day. ADL is partnering with Election Protection to recruit volunteers to assist voters with any issues they encounter while trying to vote. There will be an in-person volunteer training on Tuesday, October 30, 12:30-1:30 at the Boston Bar Association (16 Beacon St, Boston) and an online training on Wednesday, November 1, 5:30 pm. For more information, contact Amy Feinman, ADL Northeast Area Civil Rights Counsel – (617) 406-6303 or afeinman@adl.org.

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of the URJ

Thursday, November 15, 7-8:30 pm, Temple Israel, Boston

Join Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center and Senior Vice President for the Union for Reform Judaism, for a session on how congregations can bring justice closer to the center of congregational life. Since Rabbi Pesner will be speaking shortly after the mid-term elections, he will offer some analysis and lay out opportunities going forward. REGISTER AT http://racrj.wufoo.com/forms/rabbi-jonah-pesner-at-temple-israel-nov-15/

We’ll be sharing our efforts on Instagram (so snap those selfies while you’re out doing good!), and will celebrate all that we’ve accomplished with an exhibit and video in May. Request to follow CBSBritOlam on Instagram and we'll approve all members to follow and post.

We hear a lot about how much is wrong in the world – imagine how much we could contribute to what’s right by taking action together. Fill in the form below to sign your brit olam and join us!

 

Sun, December 16 2018 8 Tevet 5779