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Social Action

On this page, you'll find links to opportunities to do mitzvot and to connect with others in the community, including:

  • Ideas for ACTion

  • Chesed Committee

  • Grief Support Group

Social Action

B’nai Tikvah is a community grounded in Jewish values acting together to change the world in a positive way. We encourage members to carry out the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world through actions that will make the world a better place.

Members are provided an opportunity to affirm the congregation’s ethical and social justice responsibilities to our communities by participating in social action, and social advocacy, and by representing the temple in local community outreach programs concerning social and humanitarian issues.

Social action projects include: social action Shabbats, annual Mitzvah Day, voter registration drives, collecting personal care items for women’s/homeless shelters in the area, food drives for Canton and Randolph Food Pantries, combatting anti-Semitism, and serving as the South Area distribution site for Jewish Family Table, the only kosher food pantry in the area. In our resolve to be more welcoming to all, we will be implementing training on inclusion.

B’nai Tikvah participates in CHAI – Community, Helping, Action, Involvement – the South Area Social Action Collaboration, working with other local Jewish organizations to help the greater community.

For more information or to get involved, contact one of the Co-chairs listed below.

Phyl Hewson


Ideas for ACTion

When we think of social justice, we turn to tikkun olam, our shared responsibility to repair the world. Every day is an opportunity to put our values into action and to vow to strive toward equity for all.

Here are some ideas for all of us to become involved:

Join Tikun Olam - One Stitch at a Time to knit or crochet scarves, mittens, or hats-- or any handmade item-- for resettled children and adults from Afghanistan. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE necessary - a volunteer is happy to show you the ropes... and stitches!

Help bring warmth and love to members of our community through crafting! Email Ava Harder for more info.


If you see see or hear something antisemitic, DO something.  The ADL website is: There is a short form to fill out, and you will receive an immediate response.

Anti-LGBTQ lawmakers across the country are attacking the trans communities through bills that target trans youth and their rights to healthcare and to play sports. Visit the ACLU's website.

Important elections will be taking place this fall.  Get involved in letter writing to voters so the disenfranchised will have a vote.  

If any of these spark your passion or if there are other issues you would like for us to address, please contact Phyl Hewson at





Chesed Committee

The Chesed Committee is part of the temple’s Social Action Committee.  It serves to support congregants in need of compassionate care, such as those with serious illness or limited mobility, etc.  The committee coordinates the receiving of meals, transportation to temple services or events, rides to medical appointments, assistance with daily activities, or provide a friendly ear or visit. If you or someone you know is in need of these services, please contact the temple office, the rabbi, or the cantor. 

If you would like to assist with these worthy endeavors, please contact Phyl Hewson:

Grief Support Group

Lorraine Simon is leading a virtual grief support group on two Thursdays/month, at 8pm:

Participation is free but pre-registration is required.

Click here to email Lorraine for questions or to register.

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Sun, May 28 2023 8 Sivan 5783