Bshul Bake Sale

Categories: B-shul, Food for Thought, Religious School, Social Action
 

“Tikkun Olam” (“world repair”) in Judaism has come to connote social action.  The phrase is found in the Mishnah, a body of classical rabbinic teachings.   This concept is defined by acts of kindness performed to perfect or repair the world.  Bshul is partnering with Beth El’s “Food for Thought” social action committee.  This group is working…

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SNAP challenge – Day 1

Categories: Food for Thought, Social Action
 

Well, Day 1 of the SNAP challenge is behind me.  It’s not easy. I definitely felt hunger throughout the day and even went to bed hungry.  I went to a luncheon yesterday and didn’t eat (choosing to eat a bowl of soup at my desk upon returning to work).  I went to the Beth El…

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Tuna Casserole Tikun Olam Dinner

Categories: B-shul, Food for Thought, Religious School, Social Action
 

Religious School Zayin and Chavarim students are teaming up to prepare and serve dinner to Family Promise of Southwestern Pennsylvania (FPSWPA).  FPSWA brings the community together in a local partnership to help families experiencing homelessness.  Families receive evening meals and overnight accommodations from local churches and spend daytime hours in Day Centers as they work…

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Food for Thought: Save these dates!

Categories: Food for Thought, Social Action
 

Food for Thought, the Beth El initiative to bring awareness and combat food insecurity in our South Hills community, is ready  to launch.  Here are dates to put on your calendar: Initial committee meeting, January 10th, 10 am at Beth El:  Come and join the other great members who are also excited to make a…

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Blessings and Milkshakes

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