Here at Beth Chaim we are always endeavoring to live according to the Jewish ideal of "Tikkun Olam," which literally means "Repairing the World." The following are just some of the opportunities for social action in which our members have participated in the past year:


     High Holy Days Food Drive - Beginning with Rosh Hashana and concluding with Yom Kippur, Beth Chaim continued its tradition of tzedakah by collecting non-perishable food items benefiting our community served by the Contra Costa Food Bank. This past year, our members donated 750 pounds of food to help feed the hungry!


     Holiday Dinner Drive - BCC members have contributed generously over the years to the Holiday Dinner Drive. The goal of the drive is to raise enough funds for the Contra Costa Food Bank and other partnering organizations to provide Thanksgiving meals and baskets to all those in our community who are in need. Last year, to combat the lingering, challenging economic climate, BCC members continued to show their compassion by donating more than $2,400 to this worthy program. 


     Adopt-A-Family Program - Each year, Beth Chaim Congregation "adopts" Bay Area families in need in order to ensure that they have a joyous holiday season. We fulfill each and every wish on their wish lists which typically contain such basics as socks, pots and pans, and towels. BCC members help in a multitude of ways by purchasing items from the lists, donating Safeway gift cards, and wrapping and boxing up the gifts.


     Winter Nights Shelter - Beth Chaim, in partnership with St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Danville, set up and operated a temporary, rotating shelter for two weeks at St. Timothy's Parish Hall. Each year, from October through April, this shelter serves the most vulnerable in our community - homeless families with children and the elderly. It takes a village of helping hands to set up, stock, and operate a two-week shelter for these struggling families. We will again be co-hosting the Winter Nights Shelter in February 2013. There are so many different ways to participate. Consider donating much needed food and supplies, making a monetary contribution, and/or volunteering to help with homework, supervise the little ones, or provide a hot, nutritious meal. 


In addition to the opportunities above, come visit Beth Chaim on Sundays and look for the Mitzvah Table. Each month, the Mitzvah Table features a different charitable organization, such as the Monument Crisis Center, ARF, and One Warm Coat, which needs our help. Of course, feel free to contact the Director of Tikkun Olam, Naomi Ehrlich, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with your own ideas to give back to others in need.


 (Sukkot in April)