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Tzedek, Tzedek tirdof     -Deuteronomy 16:20

"Righteousness, righteousness you shall pursue."

Beth Meyer is a social action congregation.  We take seriously the Torah injunction to pursue righteousness through our actions. We believe that all actions that reach out to members of both our local and our world wide community - Jews and non-Jews alike - are acts of righteousness, intended to make the world a better place for all its inhabitants. Some actions have immediate impact, while others are designed to provide more long term solutions. Some actions ask for a short-term commitment while others require on-going support. As a diverse community we strive to offer ways for every member of our congregation to find a meaningful way to fulfill the mitzvah of tikkun olam — repairing the world. The social action committee invites your suggestions, your enthusiasm and your participation.  

Ways to help:

To join the Social Action Committee, contact Deborah Goldstein. If you would like to contribute to the Social Action Fund, click here.


NEW! High Holy Days Food Drive

Each year for the Yamim Noraim (the Jewish High Holy Days) the Social Action Committee has organized a canned (non-perishable) food drive that concludes on Erev Yom Kippur (the evening service for Yom Kippur, or Kol Nidre service).

This year, with all services on-line, and the needs of our community at record levels due to the COVID-19 virus, we encourage all Beth Meyer congregates to make a donation to one of the following organizations who are struggling to keep up with the various demands for foods and services due the virus and its effects both socially and economically.

The three organizations that we are supporting during this year’s food drive include Jewish Family Services (JFS), Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and Urban Ministries of Wake County. Options include dropping off food to specific locations or going online and making a contribution.

Here are details and more information for each organization:

Jewish Family Services:
Did you know that more than 651,000 people in central and eastern North Carolina live in food insecure households, and 1 in 4 of them are 65 years or older? Since the pandemic began, requests for food assistance have gone up by 270 percent. JFS assists those facing food insecurity in several ways:

  • The JFS Food Pantry offers non-perishable kosher and non-kosher items and a limited amount of personal hygiene/toiletry items. Fresh produce is now also offered on the one Friday a month (requires RSVP). Learn more about the fresh produce program here.
    • JFS is accepting in-person food donations. Drop off non-perishable kosher items for their food pantry on Mondays at their offices at 8210 Creedmoor Road.
  • To make an online donation to JFS, click here. Be sure to designate your gift to Jewish Family Services.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle:
Since mid-March when the pandemic hit our area, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle has already distributed over 1.6 million pounds of food into high-need communities and supplied 10,925 Weekend Supplemental Bags with snacks and easy-to-prepare meals for children.

No contact, food drop-off sites are available for your non-perishable food donations to any of the locations listed below. Click here for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's most-needed items.

  • 1001 Blair Dr, Raleigh. Monday-Friday, 8 am to 3 pm and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
  • 2300 Dover Farm Rd, Raleigh at the Food Shuttle Farm Stand. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • 2436 S. Miami Blvd, Durham at the Child Food Hub. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Or, give virtually! Donate now from your home through Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's virtual food drive. It's a great way to make your donated dollars go further by taking advantage of the Food Shuttle’s bulk purchasing power.

Urban Ministries of Wake County:
Urban Ministries of Wake County provides a variety of services that include hunger, homelessness, and healthcare services for at-risk and low-income adults and families. Since the onset of COVID-19, they have seen an increase in demand for their services of upwards of 60 percent.

Due to the virus, they are currently not accepting in-person donations, but their needs — like other similar organizations — are stretched to their limits. You can make a difference in the lives of individuals and families in Wake County who are struggling by making an online donation


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		                            <span class="slider_description"><p>Hi out there!</p>

<p>This is a test of the new Social Action blog, hopefully a great way for our congregants and others to find out ways that they can help with various issues affecting our community.</p>

<p>Best,</p>

<p>Cathy</p></span>
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