Social Action and Social Justice

Over our five-decade history, Temple Beth El has been proud to help those less fortunate in our community. It is a value we live and we teach to our children. Our Social Action Calendar has a full listing of volunteer opportunities,  where our members can sign up to participate.

 

Temple Beth El Social Action Gleaning

 

Temple Beth El Boca Raton Habitat for Humanity Build

 

 

Temple Beth El Boca Raton and Wayne Barton Study Center Easter Dinner

 

Mitzvah of the Month

Each month, there is a way to participate in Social Action at Temple Beth El.  

Jacobson Food Pantry
We have an on-going collection of unopened non-perishable food to donate to the Jacobson Food Pantry at Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services.

Gleaning
Collecting excess produce from the fields to donate to local food pantries.

Habitat for Humanity
Build a home for less fortunate in our community.

Beth El Team Walks
We support various organizations including The American Heart Association Walk, The Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma, The Walk for Life for The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, The Florida Brain Cancer 5K for Brain Cancer Research, Great Strides Walk for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and more.

Caring Kitchen 
On Christmas Day at The Caring Kitchen, Temple Beth El members prepare and serve a full Christmas Dinner to those who are hungry and have no place to go . 

Pearl City Easter Dinner 
Temple Beth El has partnered with The Wayne Barton Study Center for many years to host an annual Easter Dinner. 

Crisis Response 
When there is a crisis, Temple Beth El springs into action. We have provided emergency assistance to victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters.

Hurricane Home Matching

Last year, a lot of us were caught unprepared when hurricane season struck. This year, let's be there to help each other!

For those Temple members who could use the comfort and protection of a hurricane-ready home, the Temple would like to try to match you up with a home that can take you in as the storm passes.

Register for our Hurricane Home Matching program:

  • I can host Temple families who need shelter as the storm passes.
  • I'm a Temple member who would like to be a guest in a hurricane-ready home as the storm passes.

As we make our way into hurricane season, we want to remind everyone to make sure that you have prepared yourselves and your homes. For a helpful guide on hurricane preparedness, go to www.ready.gov/hurricanes 

Bikkur Cholim/Visiting the Sick

To be a member of Temple Beth El is to be a member of a Jewish family.  We participate in the mitzvah of visiting the sick and caring for the elderly.  Bikkur Cholim volunteers receive training and guidance from the clergy and other volunteers so that we can visit and provide extra support when you or a family member is ill.   Please contact the clergy office or call 561-391-8900.

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree of Temple Beth El has hundreds of volunteers within our congregation and throughout the community. The Giving Tree has been helping local families who are in need for over twenty years. There are two main ways to participate:

  • Back-to-School Drive in July/August  Temple Beth El of Boca Raton Social Action calendar
  • Holiday Giving in October/November/ December

Family Promise

Sign up for Family promise Host Week.  Family Promise  is a national interfaith organization that offers shelter, food, hospitality and support services to families that are temporarily homeless so that they can achieve a firm foundation for lasting independence. Trained temple members can help to prepare or buy, deliver and share dinner with families staying at a home near Mizner Park; staff the home overnight with 2 volunteers, drive the Family Promise van, volunteer at the day center on weekends and mentor or coach guests and graduates on life skills. 

Addiction Support

Whether you or someone you know is working through alcoholism, drug or any other addiction, we are here to offer support.  Our resources include clergy, therapists, recovering addicts and others who have experience with the recovery process. If you need support or would like information, please email us or call 561-391-8900.

Jewish Family Services

Through our relationship with Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, we are able to connect members of our community with important support services. If you need support or would like information, please email us or call 561-391-8900.

Tzedakah Collection

Every Friday night after Shabbat evening services, we collect Tzedakah for organizations or causes that need our help. Anyone can also donate directly to support our Temple community.