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Social Action


For more information contact

Laura Lebenkoff
Debbie wachspress

Congregation Beth El has long and proudly devoted itself to social action concerns. While Jewish law and tradition demand it, we joyfully partner with our neighbors and collaborate relationships, advocate, educate and open our minds, hearts and hands to those around us. This mission is made possible by engaged and caring congregants, the support of our Board of Directors, our active Hebrew School and the guidance of our Rabbi.  Easing hunger and homelessness, in particular, are challenging pursuits we embrace as a congregation. We invite you to join our caring community as we strive to make life a little easier for those less fortunate.

Beth El’s  Social Action Outreach is dedicated to involving our congregants in the work of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.  

The Social Action Outreach Committee welcomes your help, as a committee member or a participant in any of our programs. 

Beth El Builds: Habitat for Humanity October 2023


Food Pantry at Beth El

Remember to bring donations to Beth El anytime you come to the building.

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Amazon Wish List

Food Bank QR Code


Cook for a Friend

For more information contact

Beth Sadoff

Cook For a Friend
Monthly, Tuesdays, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

We gather together once a month on Tuesdays, throughout the year, for our Cook for a Friend Program. Cook for a Friend prepares and packages meals for the home bound elderly, who are serviced by the JCC Klein Branch in Northeast Philadelphia. 

Donations may be made to our Cook for a Friend initiative by calling the office , 215-493-1707 x4 or click here.

Wheels to Meals

For more information contact

Felice BErnstein


AHTN (Advocates for Homeless and The Needy)

Beth El is participating in a program to feed homeless people through AHTN (Advocates for Homeless and The Needy), along with many other local places of worship. It’s easy!

Then cook one or several hot meals at your house. Deliver them to Felice at 129 Knights Bridge Drive at 4:15 pm. From there they go to St. Johns where they are picked up by AHTN at 5:00 pm and delivered directly to the folks living in cars and tent camps.

Call with any questions, or contact the Beth El Social Action Committee,, for more information:
Felice Bernstein  215-499-9368



Jewish Views on Women's Reproductive Rights Healthcare Panel

A panel discussion featuring:

Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy (Kol Emet, Reconstructionist)
Rabbi David Cantor (Beth El, Conservative)
Rabbi Paula Goldberg (Pennswood Village/Shir Ami, Reform)

Sponsored by Congregation Kol Emet's Tikkun Olam Committee in partnership with Beth El Social Action

Click here for recording.

Bucks County Interfaith Coalition for Refugee Resettlement  (BCICRR)


For more information contact

Debbie wachspress or

Congregation Beth El is pleased to be engaged with the Bucks Council Interfaith Coalition for Refugee Resettlement (BCICRR) as the community plans to settle a refugee family from Afghanistan in the new year. There are many moving parts to this process and there is a big need for additional volunteers to assist with short term transportation and child-care. Offers of  help do not need to be a regular weekly commitment.

To sign up to volunteer, click here

More more information, contact Debbie Wachspress, co-chair of social action at

Click here for May 3 Program.

Tikkun Olam Resource Library

Beth El Embraces Tikkun Olam:

From its beginnings Congregation Beth El has been proudly dedicated to upholding Torah and Constitutional laws which promote and protect human rights regardless of race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. These underpinnings of equality and justice help sustain the Jewish people and our entire nation at large. At the same time, we strive to respect and safeguard our planet’s precious natural resources from pollution and waste. Given these multiple challenges facing us today, our Social Action Committee will post reference materials here for our membership who wish to learn more about how we can make our world a better place.

ADL Resource Guide - The mission of ADL is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.  -Anti Defamation League

Bucks County Opportunity Council -  Non-profit organization that works to reduce poverty in Bucks County.


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