Social Action

CBH members work towards building bridges and ensuring justice in our communities and around the world.  To find out how you can participate, click on the link or contact Social Action chairperson Elisa Sananman, 908-654-4129,  Check out some of our past and ongoing initiatives, below.


Liberation Seder

200 people attended the  2nd annual Liberation Seder co-hosted by CBH and Fountain Baptist Church.  Moving readings highlighted our unique historical perspectives, and a specially preferred litany retold both the harsh experiences of slaves in America and the glory of African civilizations prior to enslavement.


Members Donate Tefillin for Abayudaya Community in Uganda

Rabbi Hannah Orden and Cindy Slavin presented Rav Mugoya Shadrach Levi, spiritual leader of Namutumba Synagogue in eastern Uganda, with tefillin to bring back to his Abayudaya (“People of Judah”) Jewish community. The sets of Tefillin were generously donated by Congregation Beth Hatikvah (CBH) members Debbie Kaflowitz, Joel Kampf, Sandy Miller and Jill Shuster.

Rabbi Orden and several CBH members first met Rav Shadrach when he came to a Shabbat service last summer. They also met Yoash Mayende, Director of the Tikkum Olam Nursery and Primary School.

We are continuing to collect Tefillin for the Namutumba community. If you have a set of tefillin from family members they you are not using and would like to donate, please bring them to the rabbi.

A CBH Original: The Tikkun-Olameter

Tikkun Olam means "repair the world", which is a big deal for us CBH folks!  So we decided to make a year long meter (tikkun meter or tikkun-olameter)​ to track how many CBH'ers are doing acts to repair the world. 

We were amazed to see how many of us are doing kind deeds every month to make our planet a better place. We had so many each month that we had to replace the dry erase marker we planed to use with a fine tip one so we could make space for all the good deeds!

Rabbi Hannah Orden and Social Action Chairs Liza Kirschenbaum and Marc Kaufman pose with the yet to be filled out Tikkun-Olameter.


Almost filled. Each month, good acts from CBHers are recorded on the Tikkun-Olameter.

Wed, August 23 2017 1 Elul 5777