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Social Action

Beth Sholom B’nai Israel demonstrates its commitment to social action by providing for human needs, offering social support, and lending a helping hand to members of our congregation and the surrounding community.

Here’s a sampling of our activities:

  • Feeding those in need through food drives, Thanksgiving baskets for families, and on-going contributions to local food pantries.
  • Children’s and adult clothing drives
  • Jessie’s Garden: planting, cultivating, and harvesting vegetables to benefit the local food pantry
  • Mitzvah Day: engaging in a wide variety of activities to benefit both the Temple and the wider community, such as bringing a few hours of fun to children in the DCF system, holding a sing-along at a nursing home, and sprucing up the Temple grounds and the Hockanum River Trails

For more information, contact Social Action Chair, Carol Hatch.

Current Social Action Projects

  • Jessie’s Community Garden: We are looking for volunteers to keep the garden going again this year, and hope you are willing to volunteer for a week or so (Sunday through Friday). It should be easier this year as the Temple custodian will be watering the garden on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so the responsibility of the volunteers will be to weed, harvest, and deliver the produce to either MACC or HVCC.  This will mean that you will only need to check the garden once or twice a week during the weeks you volunteer (and water only if the garden looks dry). The garden will be in operation from May until September. We will be happy to orient you for the specifics of how, what, when, where. For more information, contact Manny Lerman. THIS IS A GREAT FAMILY ACTIVITY!!! THIS IS A PEACEFUL AND GRATIFYING ACTIVITY FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE!!!
  • Refugee Resettlement: The Social Action co-chairs would like to make congregants aware of a group here in Manchester who is co-sponsoring a refugee resettlement program with IRIS(Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services) based in New Haven. The group in Manchester is called the Manchester Community Refugee Resettlement Program and it is a community-based group who is open to anyone interested in assisting with resettling a family. There are many ways to help which include monetary donations, offering to babysit, offering to tutor adults in English, transporting them to job interviews or appointments, helping to find housing or interpreters or even employment opportunities. If you are interested in making a monetary contribution, you can send a check to MACC at 466 Main  Street, Manchester, CT.  If you would like to be more directly involved in some of the things mentioned then you can contact the coordinator for MCRRG, Judi Durham via email at

Manchester Winter Warming Center 2021

The Manchester Overnight Winter Warming Center has opened at The Manchester Y, 78 North Main Street, Manchester. Many thanks to the town Board of Directors and staff for their invaluable support, and to the Board of the Manchester Y, owners of the building.
As you know, running such a service entails certain purchases and ongoing expenses, for which we must reach out to you and other people of good will in the community. On an ongoing basis, we will need consumables, such as granola bars, bottled water, toilet paper, disposable razors, socks, cleaning products and paper goods, coffee and sugar (more complete list attached). The generosity of the town is such that we need no major equipment investment and anticipate no ongoing utility bills. We expect staffing and insurance costs to be covered by government and private grants, but additional cash donations will help us replenish the daily supplies.
We also need volunteers to help staff and guests overnight, 6:00 PM to 10:00 AM. Volunteers may help in the evening or morning as well as overnight. They will talk with guests, serve cold breakfast, and distribute clothing and other essentials. To volunteer, please email, or call his cell,
(860) 670-0587.
Cornerstone  (P. O. Box 3, Vernon, CT 06066), a not for profit agency, is fiscal manager on behalf of the Greater Manchester Peace and Justice Committee, so cash donations should be labeled for the Manchester Warming Center and mailed to Cornerstone. Those providing supplies may deliver packages clearly labeled for the Manchester Warming Center to the Manchester Y, 78 North Main Street, Manchester, 6:00 PM until 8:00 AM, 7 nights a week. For direct access, volunteers and visitors should use the entrance from Old North Main Street, opposite Apel Place.
Thank you,

Susan Stoppelman


Manchester Winter Warming Center Supplies Needed

Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyyar 5782