The Social Action Committee is dedicated to helping our communities in need. We encourage you to participate in the many projects that we sponsor throughout the year.
Family Table Donations
Support families in need! Buy these food items and place them in the Family Table box in the temple lobby:
- Healthy vegetarian soups
- Kosher low-sodium crackers
See the Family Table Buying Guide for details on where to procure these items.
Pearl Street Cupboard & Café supports individuals and families who are experiencing economic and personal challenges, by providing food assistance and programs that promote self-sufficiency. Congregation B'nai Torah sends 10 volunteers once a month to serve a meal, sometimes drawn from specific groups (e.g., students, committee members), and sometimes from the entire congregation community. Get more information and check out the monthly calendar.
JF&CS Family Table is New England's largest kosher food pantry, providing healthy food on a monthly and emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Donations of any healthy vegetarian soups and/or Kosher low-sodium crackers can be placed in the Family Table box in the temple lobby. Also, volunteers are needed every month to help sort and/or deliver to needy families, on a specific Sunday of each month. See the JF&CS distribution day schedule for details (look under the "Waltham" column).
Donate diapers and wipes for families in need to A Place To Turn Food Pantry in Natick. Sizes requested 4, 5 and 6 are the most needed. Donation Bin is located in the temple lobby.
The Shower for Shelter is a drive to collect much-needed items for families who are victims of domestic violence, to help them transition from emergency shelter to their own homes in our local communities. We are partnering with the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable to solicit donations from members of our congregation.
Criterion Middlesex Early Intervention Program in Framingham supports families with children ages 0 to 3 who have developmental delays. We are collecting baby formula, baby biscuits, crackers, Gerber’ s Graduate Puffs, Beach Nut Fruities, (pouches of pureed fruits), Swyback Bars and rice snacks. Donation Bin is located in the temple lobby.
This program supports homeless families housed by Temple Shir Tikva for two weeks in January and two weeks in March by helping to provide a meal, deliver food, or shop for food and supplies. Volunteers can also stay overnight. Contact Rachel Seliber at: [email protected]
Parents and Grandparents shop with their children to pick out a back pack for a child of elementary school age and bring it to Jewish Family and Children's Service (JF&CS) and fill it with school supplies.
Shopping bags are handed out at the end of the first Rosh Hashanah service and returned with your donated non perishable groceries on Yom Kippur to be distributed to four local food pantries: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Sudbury; The Pearl Street Cupboard and Café (The United Way) Framingham; A Place to Turn in Natick, and Family Table (JF&CS in Waltham).
Volunteer to serve at the Sudbury Senior Center for a luncheon to honor our veterans. Food has been donated by The Wayside Inn. Contact Dori Mariasis at: [email protected]
At Christmas / Chanukah time, through a coordinated effort with the Religious School and individual CBT members, we donate new winter clothes to children in need. For more information contact Leslie Stern [email protected].
Social Action Committee members
Bob & Tammy Weiser (Co-Chairs)
Rabbi Lisa Eiduson