CBH members work towards building bridges and ensuring justice in our communities and around the world.  To get involved, check out the volunteer opportunities below or  contact Social Action chairperson Elisa Sananman908-654-4129. 


Join us at 5 pm for art and literature, reflection, conversation, challenging ourselves--and a nosh

November 5: Voices of The Moth Radio Hour--Hear and share true, personal stories

January 28: I Am Not Your Negro--screening and discussion of award-winning documentary on black history and the politics of race

February 25: James Baldwin's Collected Essays--A deep-dive discussion of his influential writings.

April 29:  Poetry Night--Citizen: An American Lyric, Cynthia Rankine's genre-defying look at race in American daily life

Helping Our Neighbors in Need


Our congregation participates in a coalition to assist Syrian refugees.  One of our primary missions is to help them become self-sufficient.  Do you know of a job opportunity?
Our job-seekers qualify for a range of jobs, from drivers to skilled craftsmen to professionals with advanced degrees, and they are eager for work.  All are authorized for work in the US.  Possible jobs would be as workers in restaurants, factories, or warehouses; limousine drivers, delivery drivers, etc.  For example, with help of one of our congregants, one of our refugees has become a limousine driver.
The International Rescue Committee in Elizabeth banks the jobs and screens and interviewis applicants. 
If you know of a position, please contact Naomi Gelfand, at



Each year, Bridges makes over 200 "runs", outreach visits providing food, clothing and necessities to 500 people.  We help by getting together to assemble bag lunches and toiletry packs and distribute them to clients in Newark and Irvington.  




On the first Sunday of every month, Beth Hatikvah works with SHIP (Summit Helping Its People) to provide supper for anyone who could use a home-cooked meal (usually about 10-15 people). We buy food, cook, set up, serve, and clean up. This is a great way to introduce kids to the idea that Tikkun Olam is not only about putting coins in the tzedakah can. Kids of all ages can help shop, prep, or cook, and those in 5th grade or above can help set up, serve, and cleanup. Want to join us one month, or find out more? Contact Nancy Yacker.

Social Justice Shabbats 2017-18

Once a month our Friday evening services include consideration of a social justice issue and opportunities for us to get involved.  

November 10:  Copying with Loss: A historical perspective and community response (speaker: Mary Robinson, Director of Imagine).  Learn why grief is a social justice issue, and how faith communities can get involved in Imagine's work of transforming grief and loss into resiliency, empathy and compassion. 

December 8: Human Rights Shabbat - The Right to Shelter Amy Jones, Manager of Volunteer Engagement for Family Promise, and her co-speaker, a graduate of the Family Promise program will offer a portrait of families who are temporarily homeless in Union County and show us how we can become a part of their safety net.

For more on Family Promise see 3-minute intro video and 25th Anniversary Video

January 12:  Solidarity Social Justice Shabbat with our sister congregations in Summit

Thu, December 14 2017 26 Kislev 5778