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COMMUNITY BUILDING

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.

Who Are You? Share Your Story.

Be part of an extraordinary adventure of discovery and community building, simply by sharing the story of how you came to be who you are, or to realize who you are. Fountain Baptist Church and CBH are launching Fountain of Hope: Creating Community Connection, a project to strengthen the Summit-area community through storytelling.   Phase 1 will be a workshop run by The Moth, producers of the acclaimed Moth Radio Hour.  Participants will receive 12 hours of training to hone their identity stories and deliver them to a small live audience.  The stories will be recorded (and even possibly aired on the radio).

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.

Helping Our Neighbors in Need

CBH members work towards ensuring justice in our local communities and around the world.  To get involved, check out the volunteer opportunities below or  contact Social Action chairperson Elisa Sananman, 908-654-4129. 

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.

Social Justice Shabbat

One Friday a month we focus on an issue of importance to our community.

Coming Up:

May 22, The Challenges Facing Pro-Israel Students on Campus

June 8, Living Out Loud in the Age of Trump: Issues Facing the LGBTQ Community in 2018

Sun, May 20 2018 6 Sivan 5778