Get Connected with our Social Action Opportunities
Rooted in our Congregation’s deep history and passion for social action, the Social Action Committee is committed to upholding the values of Tikkun Olam (repair of the word), creating a space for congregants to make connections between their Jewish identity and the pursuit of justice as well as opportunities to make their world a better place through regular volunteer opportunities, Mitzvah Day, study and the gathering of like-minded individuals who are committed to this important work.
Join the committee! We need you to do your part to make our world a better place and there are plenty of ways to get involved. Join us as we plan meaningful opportunities for our congregation. If you want to join our mailing list or have any questions you can contact co-chairs Pattie Speier and Andrew Green.
We are the bright lights that shine! Social Action activities go on every day at B’nai Jehudah.
Monday, April 17... 5-7 pm -- Independence Boulevard Christian Church
Meet at 606 Gladstone Kansas City, Missouri
Transportation is not provided.
TBD.. Johnson County Food Ministry
Transportation is not provided.
If you are interested in carpooling, please contact Marcia Soltz (913-491-0575; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Johnson County Food Ministry
Independence Boulevard Christian Church
(606 Gladstone, Kansas City, MO)
3rd Monday of most months; 5:15pm – 7:00pm
Transportation is not provided for these volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in carpooling or have any questions, please contact Marcia Soltz at 913-491-0575.
Calling All Yarn Spinners
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15 pm in B’nai Jehudah Library
Sundays, 10:00-11:15 am in B’nai Jehudah Library
Fridays, 10:30—Noon at Freedom Bank
Do you like to knit, crochet or create fiber art? All levels welcome – we will even teach the novice. Our focus will be on Social Action Projects of your choice either individually or as a group. Suggestions are: hats or blankets for babies in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit); shawls for patients, family members or friends sitting with patients; blankets, scarves, hats to donate to Safe Home or the Ronald McDonald House. Anything else you come up with to help others.
If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Beryl Padorr, Shared Vision Coordinator (913-663-1805; email@example.com).
Change is good. Especially when it can help others.
And while we hope all of us change...we really want your change...your extra quarters, dimes, nickels, and even pennies.
You may have noticed our beautiful tzedakah box that sits in our lobby. It is in the shape of a home - representing our home. We believe passionately in helping others. Your change will help us do so. Each time you come to B’nai Jehudah, bring your change with you. Choose one or more of the four slots in the roof of our tzedakah box and support the organizations that are listed there.
Make your change meaningful.
The Mitzvah Garden is a community gardening project that grew from the passions and talents of members of The Temple, Congregation B'nai Jehudah. Our garden is an expansion of the Mitzvah Garden which was started in 2000 at Village Shalom. B’nai Jehudah Volunteers of all ages join other congregations and organizations throughout the community to make the garden a success. We are extremely proud to be able to donate almost 3,000 lbs of produce yearly to various food panties in our community, especially the Simcha Box Program which benefits those in need of fresh food in our local community.
With funding from the Herman Levikow Foundation, consultation from the Kansas City Community Gardens, Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture, and the Kansas State Research and Extension Service, we were able to turn our dreams of gardening and raising awareness about hunger into a reality that has benefited our entire community.
The work is ongoing and the garden is growing. Given the success that we experienced, we actually increased the size of the garden by 50% to accommodate the increasing need for locally grown fruits and vegetables. We have developed a mailing list of over 200 volunteers and would love to add your name, so you can have updates and participate in our planting and harvesting efforts. If you’re interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Larry Lehman directly at 913-685-2685.
Our Mitzvah Garden is in the news:
Hunger / Social Justice Fund
For many years the Hunger/ Social Justice Fund has helped to provide assistance to people in need by making donations to agencies, groups, food pantries and organizations locally, throughout the United States and the world. Jewish Family Services, Harvesters, Micah Ministries, Mazon, Hazon Yeshaya and others have received funds as directed by the Social Action Committee. In keeping with the core values of our Congregation and the value of Tikkun Olam, the fund will help to provide for those in need in our community and the world.
Thank you for your past generosity.
Your continued support will help to make our world a better place.