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Social Action

.Our Social Action Committee helps Temple Beth David to fulfill one of the tenets of our mission statement, working toward Tikkun Olam, "healing of the world". We do this by working on ongoing projects such as food drives, volunteering in the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, informing and educating our congregants about important issues which affect us as Jews and as citizens of the world. We help our youth to see the effect that their involvement with Social Action can achieve through B’nai Mitzvah individual and class projects, and programs involving the entire religious school community.

Social Action

Your Vote Matters 

Your vote is your voice. Be vote ready! Visit the Elections & Voting site of Secretary of State Denise W. Merrill’s webpage for information about registering to vote and where/how to vote this election season.

Registered to vote? Confirm your status here!


Social Action


A Conversation about Race between Rabbi Micah Ellenson and Dr. Willie Jennings of Yale Divinity School

Friday, June 5, we were honored to have Dr. Willie Jennings join us for a powerful and timely program about race and racism.  Willie James Jennings is an American theologian known for his contributions on liberation theologies, cultural identities, and theological anthropology.   He is currently an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University. 

Please click on the link below to view a recording of the conversation between Rabbi Ellenson and Dr. Jennings.

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Tikkun Olam during the Coronavirus Crisis

The Coronavirus has affected all of our lives...some of us more than others. Despite any uncertain and scary feelings we may have right now, many of us have still been moved to ask, “How can I help?” Here are some suggestions of things we can do to help our community.

Donate to local organizations

Cheshire Food Pantry

Donate food or funds to support the Cheshire Community Food Pantry. For more information go to

Cheshire Food Drive

In these uncertain times we want to make you all aware of the Cheshire Food Voucher Program. This program provides food vouchers worth $40 ($60 for families of 4 or more) to any Cheshire resident, and is run through the town’s Social Services Dept. These vouchers are accepted at both Stop & Shop and Big Y for any food items. 

The Food Voucher Program was designed to be used as a stop-gap measure, and there is no economic criteria to be met. Please contact Social Services (203-271-6690) if you are interested in a voucher.

Please share this information about the Food Voucher Program to your friends and family in town. 

For more information, or to help financially support the Food Voucher Program, please go to

Columbus House

Columbus House in New Haven serves people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence. How can you help?

  • Go to Donate to Columbus House to make a monetary donation to help cover unbudgeted costs including additional staff, food and supplies
  • Volunteer to make pick-ups and deliveries to those who need food and supplies. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sheree DiMario at or 203-401-4400 x138

Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven is a non-profit social service agency serving individuals and families in the community. JFS is accepting Stop and Shop gift cards for those in immediate need of food - please mail those to JFS at 1440 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515.  Alternatively please make a donation online. Please go to Donate to JFS to make a donation.

Give blood

There is a desperate shortage of blood and blood drive volunteers. The Red Cross has instituted special precautions to ensure that you and the health providers are as safe as can be. PLEASE visit to learn more, and help out in any way you can. If you are eligible and healthy, please make a blood donation appointment as soon as you can by visiting the website.

Mitzvah Moments

Each month, we'll be implementing one or two "Mitzvah Moments" projects meant to improve the lives of others in our community.  Please contact the individual listed within each project with any specific questions.

Food Donations

Donations for the Cheshire Community Food Pantry and Jewish Family Services are always accepted in the lobby, especially the first Friday of the month. Ideas and suggestions for the Social Action Committee are always welcome!

Mitzvah Garden 2019

Those who were able to help on Planting Day, May 19th, 2019 did an absolutely fantastic job. Veggies (including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and herbs, front step planters and the marigold border) were all planted. We accomplished a tremendous amount of work in only 3 hours.

Mitzvah Garden 2020

Believe it or not, this will be the Mitzvah Garden’s 10th year and hopefully a very special one. The Mitzvah Garden’s total production since 2011 is 16,121 lbs. This is an amazing statistic, which should make our TBD family very proud. We are hoping to open the Mitzvah Garden and plant our summer crops on Sunday, May 17th, This of course will be subject to change based on current events.  Stay tuned!.


Religious Action

For 50 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism ("the RAC") has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the RAC's advocacy work is completely non-partisan and pursues public policies that reflect the Jewish values of social justice that form the core of our mandate.

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