Social Action

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.

We are always looking for new committee members, new ideas, and volunteers for our Social Action projects.  E-mail [email protected] or complete the Volunteer Sign-Up Form.

Family Table Food Drive

Please contribute to the Family Table food drive by placing donations of any healthy vegetarian soups and/or Kosher low-sodium crackers in the Family Table box located in the CBT lobby.

Also, please participate in Family Table's monthly "distribution day", helping to sort and/or deliver food donations to recipient families. The next "distribution day" will be Sunday, October 22nd, or see the full schedule here. Please contact Lisa Katz at Family Table to sign up -- [email protected] or 781.693.5593.


Our Projects

Project How we make a difference When
Family Table Donate food, sort food, make deliveries On-going
A Place To Turn
Diaper Project
Donate diapers and wipes for families in need May
Early Intervention Program Donate food for young children with developmental delays May & June
Family Promise Provide a meal, deliver food, shop for food and supplies for homeless families Jan & Mar
Build A Backpack Donate a backpack filled with school supplies for immigrant children Aug
Food Collection Donate groceries for local food pantries High Holidays
Honoring Our Veterans Serve a luncheon to honor our veterans Nov
Cradles To Crayons Donate new winter clothes to children in need Nov & Dec


Family Table – On-going

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.

To sign up, please contact Lisa Katz at Family Table by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 781.693.5593. For more information contact Rachel Seliber at [email protected].

Diaper Project – May

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.


Early Intervention Program – May & June

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.

Family Promise – January And March

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]

Build A Backpack – August

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.


High Holiday Food Collection – September

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). 

Honoring Our Veterans – November

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]


Cradles To Crayons – November and December

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
Robin Berman
MarieAnne Bloom
Margaret Guyer
Dori Mariasis
Leslee Olender
Rachel Seliber
Amy Siegel
Leslie Stern