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SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

CBH members work towards ensuring justice in our local communities and beyond.  To get involved, check out the volunteer opportunities below or  contact Social Action chairpeople  Stephanie Tran and Helene Goldfarb.  

Every second Friday is Social Justice Shabbat, when experts involved with important work in this arena speak to us during the evening service about their efforts.  

Strengthening Bonds in Our Local Community

CBH works with partners such as the Summit Interfaith Council and its member congregations to build bridges of friendship and mutual understanding.

Sharing Stories of Our Lives

An extraordinary adventure of discovery:  Fountain Baptist Church and CBH have launched Fountain of Hope: Creating Community Connection, a project to strengthen the Summit-area community through storytelling. Our first storytelling workshop and performance were great successes with participants and the packed audience.  Watch BetNet and this space for announcements of workshops and events to take place throughout 2019/2020.

 

Dialogue Circles on Race: Conversations Worth Having

Facilitated dialogues among ordinary people about racial prejudice and systemic racism in our society.  Sponsored by the Anti-Racism Committee of the Summit Interfaith Council.  More information here.

Protecting Our Environment

BAGS FOR BENCHES

CBH is one of 8 Summit congregations involved with the Greenfaith Council's Bags for Benches campaign.  Throughout the year we bring in our plastic bags, and for every 500 lbs. turned over to Trex Company, the engineered products manufacturer gives one of the congregations a bench made from recycled plastic.  Our collection bin is in the cloak room off front lobby.

Helping Our Neighbors in Need

OUTREACH TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES

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

 

 

 

FEEDING HUNGRY SUMMIT RESIDENTS

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.

 

SUPPORTING REFUGEES

Our congregation participates in a coalition to assist Syrian refugees.  We work directly with two families, helping them obtain necessities such as clothing for the children and tutoring.  To get involved, contact Debbie Kaflowitz.
 
Another primary need is jobs.  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 interviews applicants. If you know of a position, please contact Naomi Gelfand, at naomigelfand@gmail.com.

We also partner with First Friends, an organization that assists and advocates for asylum seekers and immigrants in detention, donating phone cards and providing temporary housing for recently released detainees who need a place to sleep for a night or two before moving into longer term arrangements.

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