Social Action

Upcoming Events

Wed 13

Social Action – Sandwich Making

December 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Sun 24

Cathedral Center with Tikkun Ha-ir TIME TBD

December 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Mon 25

Meta House

December 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meta House Brunch December 25, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CEEBJ Social Action will once ... Read More
Mon 25

Guest House

December 25 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Social Action Committee will again this year be having its’ Annual Holiday Dinner for ... Read More

Our Mission

To encourage the CEEBJ community to engage with Jewish values of social justice through study, action and advocacy.

We will continue to work closely with Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee and other social justice organizations. We will also continue to look to the Union for Reform Judaism’s Commission on Social Action and their Religious Action Center for guidance, tools and leadership.

Meetings are once a month on Sunday mornings at 9:45.  Please contact the Synagogue Office for the next meeting or check the website calendar.  Guests and new members are always welcome.

Feeding the Hungry

One of the core elements of tikkun olam (repairing the world) entails feeding those who cannot feed themselves or their families. Here are some ways you can get involved:

Our Congregation’s Food Bank Fund
A fund set aside to provide programs and support for the hungry helps in:

  • Sandwich Day – the second Wednesday of each month wherein congregants make sandwiches which are donated to the Guest House Shelter. The materials are purchased through the fund.
  • Jewish Food Pantry

Bimah Basket Program
Donate $36.00 to our Bimah Basket Fund.  Your donation will be acknowledged with a sign next to the Bimah Basket at the entrance to the sanctuary, in the service bulletin for Shabbat, and in HaKol.  The money will be directed to the Jewish Community Food Pantry.

Guest House Dinners
On December 25 and at other times during the year, our congregants put together meals to be served at the Guest House, the city’s largest publicly funded shelter for homeless men.

High Holy Day Food Appeal
Each year for the High Holy Days we coordinate a food drive that supports the Jewish Food Pantry and Hunger Task Force.

Food Barrels
A barrel for food collection is always place in the synagogue in which to donate actual food items. The food is sent to the Jewish Food Pantry or Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee on a regular basis

CROP Walk
Our congregation sponsors a team of walkers to raise money and awareness of hunger in America – Locally this is coordinated by the Interfaith Council and it involves more than 100 churches, mosques and synagogues

MAZON
A Jewish Response to Hunger: Every year at the Rabbis and committee make a public appeal for people to make a donation to this important Jewish fund. We also ask people to consider making a donation of 3-5 % of the cost of food for their personal celebrations to MAZON.

Tikkun Ha-Ir

CCEBJ has played a leading role in Tikkun Ha-Ir. This organization– whose name literally translates to “repairing the city” – encourages the local Jewish community to support their activities to help Milwaukee homeless hungry and homeless families.

Other Activities

There are a variety of additional opportunities to take action in our community. Please check out some of the following programs:

Blood Drive
Every year our congregation coordinates a blood drive with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. Anyone who is 17 years or older, is generally healthy, and weighs more than 105 pounds is encouraged to donate.

Winter Clothing Drive
From the end of November through the third week of December we collect winter clothing to be donated to COA (the Children’s Outing Association) and for their preschool reading program HIPPY.

Purim Mitzvah Project
Each year we participate with other Jewish organizations in the community in a Mitzvah Project or we have our own Mitzvah Crib program to donate new or gently used baby and toddler supplies to Penfield Children’s Center, the Cathedral Center, and other social service agencies.

Passover Drive
Every year we fill up a bin in the coat room to donate kosher food to the Jewish Food Pantry.

Glean Machine
Twice a year, in coordination with Tikkun Ha’Ir, we collect new and gently used clothing and household items to be donated to a number of social service agencies in the community.

Tzedakkah Box
Our congregation proudly displays our beautiful Sol Dorf Tzedakkah box in the foyer of our building. The recipient of funds changes each month.

Mitzvah Day
Every May, our building is transformed into a workhouse of variety of volunteer jobs that are delivered to community agencies. Activities for kids, families and adults- please join us in a group project that is later delivered to the local Milwaukee non-profit. We always need delivery people to represent CEEBJ and deliver our donations.

Links

Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee
JCC Jewish Food Pantry
Hunger Task Force
Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger