SOCIAL ACTION

CBJ-JRA FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROJECT - PACKING/DELIVERING

CBJ has partnered with the Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) to create a network for delivering groceries to housebound people in Phoenixville one Sunday a month.

In order to make this program as successful as possible, we need your help packing and delivering boxes! It's a small commitment with a big impact!

Sundays at Noon

March 19
April 9
May 7
June 11

All congregants are welcome.

Contact Amy Borla (amsborla@gmail.com) to volunteer or with questions.

ADVOCATING ON BEHALF OF SYRIAN REFUGEES

In the meantime, the Social Action Committee continues to encourage congregants to advocate on behalf of Syrian refugees.  Call your Representative and Senators today and tell them to keep the doors open for refugees. Call this number TODAY to connect and speak to your Representative or Senator Toomey: 1-866-961-4293.  Please also join HIAS Pennsylvania and thank Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Casey for working to keep doors open to Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania and across the nation. E-mail Governor Wolf at https://governor.pa.gov/contact/ or call him at (717) 787-2500.  E-mail Senator Casey at https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/  or call him at (202) 224-6324.  For more information about the current refugee crisis and what you can do to help, visit the HIASPA (formerly known as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Pennsylvania) website at http://hiaspa.org/  Stay tuned

One of the missions of the Social Action Committee is to provide B'nai Jacob members with opportunities to engage in Tikkun Olum (repairing the world).  B’nai Jacob's Social Action Committee is very active in serving the needs of our surrounding community, and the larger world community through a number of events held through out the year.  Our Cook-Ins are run in conjunction with Aid For Friends. The mission of Aid for Friends is to alleviate the hunger and loneliness of isolated home bound individuals. Their volunteers visit with client friends throughout the five-county Greater Philadelphia region, providing home-cooked meals and life-enhancing friendship. All services are provided free of charge. Meals are prepared by volunteers, stored in freezers in churches/synagogues throughout the region as well as at their headquarters and then picked up and distributed by their visitor volunteers in once weekly visits to their client friends. Most of the friends are elderly individuals who could not otherwise remain in their homes without the support of the meals we provide. The Aids for Friends volunteer network includes 15,000 – cooks, drivers, visitors, coordinators, and office and maintenance personnel. Also, youngsters from many schools and youth organizations volunteer throughout the year. There are now 230 Catholic and Protestant churches, 7 synagogues and many civic groups that actively participate in the network of volunteers, by collecting and distributing frozen home cooked dinners to the home bound. In their last Fiscal Year report, Aids for Friends served 2,243 clients 365,000 meals of which 234 are in Chester County and 446 in Montgomery County.

CONTACTS:

Amy Borla -  amsborla@gmail.com

"All it takes is one person… and another… and another… and another… to start a movement."

   - Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

MISSION

The mission of this committee is to provide the B'nai Jacob community with opportunities to engage in Tikkun Olum (repairing the world).

B’nai Jacob's Social Action Committee is very active in serving the needs of our Jewish community,  our surrounding community,  and the larger world community through a number of events held through out the year. 

PAST EVENTS

  • Apple picking with families in the Fall. Donating apples to Phoenixville Food Pantry       
  • Mitzvah Food Pantry including a Can food drive throughout the High Holidays. Ongoing food collection during the year. Food goes to the Mitzvah Food Pantry in Philadelphia.         
  • Thanksgiving Baskets for the needy through Jewish Family and Children’s Services
  • Participation in the Philadelphia Cares Winter Coat Drive
  • Toy and gift card drive for Jewish Family and Children’s Services
  • Cook ins throughout the year providing Kosher meals for Aid For Friends and using Challahs baked by our school kids in our kitchen
  • Sewing pillowcases for kids with cancer in partnership with ConKerr Cancer
  • Annual Mitzvah day includes cook ins, visiting nursing homes, grounds upkeep

Our Social Action Committee works closely with our education committee to provide many opportunities for the children to learn and participate in Tikkun Olum. Social Action also partners with our USYgroup to facilitate their commitment to Tikkum Olum.

The Social Action Committee encourages you to join us in engaging in the mitzvot of Tikkun Olam. Ruth Groves and Amy Borla are honored to lead this committee on behalf of such a vibrant, diverse, and talented community as B'nai Jacob.  Please join us in some or all of these endeavors; in addition, please let us know of your own passions and interests,   All it takes is one person . . . and another. . . .