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Beth El has been voted in J Magazine as the "Best Venue for Social Action in the Bay Area Jewish Community." To continue these good works, we need your help! There are many ways for you to become more connected to the Beth El community and to do a mitzvah at the same time! Is there something here that interests you? Can you help us to continue and develop our social action programs? 

Check out any of the following groups or learning or volunteer experiences Beth El has to offer and enrich your connection to the community!

ADULT EDUCATION - Throughout the year, Congregation Beth El holds a variety of opportunities for our adults to gather in community, learn, and experience Judaism together! We are always seeking thought partners on programs or topics to bring into the community as well as leadership and support across the spectrum of Adult Education Programs. To get involved, contact Ethan Andelman.

B’NEI MITZVAH (YOUTH) - Each 7th-grade class is welcomed into Makom Mishpacha (7th Grade Family) at the beginning of the year. Makom Mishpacha seeks to build community and support for Beth El's 7th-grade students and families as they are going through their foundational B'nei Mitzvah year. Makom Mishpacha is led by amazing parent volunteers and is responsible for regular community gatherings and organizing the weekly B'nei Mitzvah support system for each rising B'nei Mitzvah student. To find out more, Contact Rabbi Ira.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE - This committee is passionate about developing a culture at Beth El where every individual feels a strong sense of belonging. This committee works in close connection with Beth El’s Community Engagement Office. To become more involved in fostering community please contact Beth El’s VP of Community Engagement.

GIFT SHOP - Volunteer to assist shoppers with purchases from Beth El’s lay-led gift shop. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Robinn Magid.

GARDEN - This group is open to anyone interested in honing their green thumb. Join Jeannine Cohen, as she guides us in how to tend to Beth El’s vegetable garden.

HOMELESS MEAL - Congregation Beth El has been serving a wonderful, multi-course chicken dinner to 125 - 200 people on the third Sunday of each month for over 20 years. Sign up to serve at the next meal. Sign-ups are by time and task. For more information, contact Jeff Leon.

LIBRARY - The Library Committee supports the adults’ and children’s libraries. Committee members meet on weekday afternoons to shelve books and review new additions. For more information, contact Scott Spear.

MITZVAH CORPS - This group provides a simple way for congregants to help each other in times of acute or temporary need. On a private website, Mitzvah Coordinators post requests for meals, rides, and even visits to help a congregant or family navigate a transition. Sign up on the Mitzvah Corps website! For more information, contact Susan Zarchy.

REDI (RACIAL, EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION) - The REDI Team was created to hold a space for thinking in a more focused way about how the pervasive racism and white supremacy of our dominant culture shows up inside of our Beth El community. To join, please contact Giti Morris or Rahel Smith.

RITUAL COMMITTEE - Ritual is one of the key pillars of Jewish life. Through working with clergy, the Ritual Committee helps in planning Beth El’s Shabbat and Jewish Holidays including programming, food and ritual observances. For more information, contact Lisa Feldman.

TIKKUN OLAM LEADERSHIP TEAM - At Beth El, we recognize that our collective capacity to create long-term systemic change is strengthened when tikkun olam [repairing the world] is deeply rooted in all aspects of our community’s culture. To inquire more about TOLT’s transformational work, please reach out to Becki Cohen-Vargas or Kellee Fong.

INTERFAITH ACTIVITIES - At Beth El we work to establish links with other faith communities as well as connections within the Jewish community. We welcome everyone to participate in the many interfaith events which are happening in our wider community. If you are interested in helping to foster and plan connections please contact Caroline Lehman.

YOUTH & FAMILY EDUCATION - Throughout the year, Beth El's YAFE Programs seek partners to help with planning class-related special programs and opportunities for parents and caregivers to be in community with one another. In addition, our YAFE Program Leaders seek partners to collaborate on special projects, be a sounding board, and provide leadership and support across the spectrum of YAFE Programs. Contact Rabbi Ira for more information.

OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - There are always opportunities to help CBE thrive. Do you have an expertise or interest in a particular area that could be beneficial to supporting the community? A few possible volunteer opportunities include the following:

  • "House" Work: Can you help around the campus (e.g., electrical, carpentry, painting, gardening, sound)?
  • High Holy Days Needs: Could you help plan a holiday program, usher, coordinate rides for congregants needing transportation or help with the Yom Kippur break fast?
  • Gala Committee: Do you have a passion for throwing a fantastic party? Help coordinate Beth El’s annual Gala to raise money for Youth & Family Education programs.
  • Marketing & Events: Do you have public relations or marketing experience? Help us get the word out about programming and events!
  • Office Volunteer: Could you answer the phones and greet people at the front door or perhaps assist with some light filling of paperwork.

If you're interested in any of these opportunities, want more information, or want to do something that isn't listed here, please email the Community Engagement Office at community@bethelberkeley.org.
 


 

Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyar 5782